Cox, Dippold ‘Emerging’ In Art Circle

Two women from the Northern Panhandle are participating in the 2018 Emerging Artists Exhibition at the state Culture Center in Charleston.

The exhibitors include Betsy Cox of Glen Dale and Elizabeth Ann Dippold of Pine Grove.

Cox, who is well known for her pottery, has two pieces, “Forest Floor” and “Forest Greens,” displayed in the craft category. Dippold is represented in the show with a painting titled “Jeep Willy’s Pickup.”

Representatives of the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History unveiled the exhibition and announced the award winners for the juried exhibition during an opening event on Thursday.

They said 30 West Virginia artists have been selected for the exhibit, which features 43 pieces, including painting, drawing, mixed media, craft, photography, digital art and sculpture. Sixteen counties are represented in the show.

The exhibit will be on display at the Culture Center in the West Virginia State Museum Commissioner’s Gallery until Feb. 27.

Three awards were presented for the exhibition. Jesse Thornton of Huntington earned the Best of Show Purchase Award. Terry Hickernell of Charleston captured second prize, while Jenny Wilson of Morgantown received third place.

The entries and winners were selected by Kim Beck, an artist from Pittsburgh. She is an associate professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

Beck holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University. Her work has been shown widely, including the Walker Art Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Smack Mellon, Socrates Sculpture Park, Warhol Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Omi Sculpture Park, Hallwalls and on the High Line in New York City.


Speaking of artists and art shows, the Nutting Art Gallery at West Liberty University will open its 2018-19 season this week with an exhibition titled “Piece by Piece.”

The exhibition features the work of Sarah Davis and Lisa Parker. The artists describe their installation as “a mash-up of modern quilting, digital design and craft.”

An opening reception is slated for 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday. The event is free to the public.

The Nutting Gallery is located in the Hall of Fine Arts on the West Liberty campus. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


On a totally unartistic topic, area motorists are wondering when, or if, the potholes are ever going to be filled on state roads and highways in the Northern Panhandle.

Perhaps most distressing is the fact that most of these craters are ones that developed last winter and during the early spring months. But, here it is, at almost the end of summer, and the winter woes still haven’t been fixed. In some cases, the potholes are getting their own new, deeper, wider potholes.

Many West Virginia drivers are questioning, with good reason, where the state’s highway dollars are going, because it doesn’t seem as though pothole repair is part of the mix.

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