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Daniel Fonner will open the ArtsLink Coffeehouse Concert Series on Thursday, August 5, at 7:00 pm.

      Talented local percussionist Daniel Fonner will open the popular ArtsLink Coffeehouse Concert Series with a concert on Thursday, August 5, at 7:00 pm. The performance will take place on the lawn of the Francis Creative Arts Center at corner of Maple Avenue and Washington Street in New Martinsville. The concert is free, and light refreshments will be served. In the event of inclement weather, the program will take place inside the center.

       Daniel, the son of Linda and Richard Fonner of New Martinsville, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance, has studied for two years at Morehead State University in Kentucky, and will be a junior at Duquesne University this fall. He has studied under several nationally recognized musicians including Daniel Druckman of the New York Philharmonic, Eric Charlston of the Lion King on Broadway, Leigh Howard Stevens, international marimba soloist, and Lee Vinson of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He attributes much of his success as a musician to his opportunity to work with local teacher, performer, and ArtsLink Board of Directors member, Bruce Ensinger.

       Fonner has performed in many ensembles, including the Kentucky All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble, the Kentucky Intercollegiate Orchestra, New Martinsville’s Lincoln Theater Musical “The King and I”, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He also plays at the New Martinsville United Methodist Church and helps instruct the drum line of the Magnolia High School Band. His awards include qualifying as a recipient of an ArtsLink grant to purchase instruments to educate the community about percussion, the Rachael Worby Performance Award with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, participant at the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar, and participant at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

       Fonner enjoys playing music and working with audiences as well as other performers. He plays classical percussion solos, jazz, and orchestral percussion, utilizing instruments that range from marimbas and xylophones to marching percussion and hand drums such as congas and djembes. His August 5 performance will feature the vibraphone, purchased via the ArtsLink grant.

       ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact Donna Earley at 304-455-2278 to request assistance. This year’s coffeehouse concerts are sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurant in New Martinsville, owned and operated by Nelson and Sandy Hachem.
 


ARTS IN THE PARK

 
SET FOR SUNDAY


JULY 4TH
 


Nearly two dozen local artists and craftsmen will be on hand Sunday, July 4 to demonstrate their skills to all who attend the annual Arts in the Park celebration at Bruce Park in New Martinsville. This event, sponsored by ArtsLink, the Monroe Artists Guild, and the New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Department will begin at 1pm and conclude at 5 pm. Visitors can expect to see oil, water, and acrylic painting, engraving, quilting, fiber arts, marbleizing, jewelry and basket making, and a variety of needlework projects exhibited. Many artists who have participated previously will be returning, and several new individuals may share their skills this year as well. 

Need a good laugh? At this year’s Arts in the Park Magnolia High School student Christian Estep’s comedy, “Love Psych”, a hilarious play, will be presented by the Wayward Players—a popular local theatrical group. High jinks in the psych ward plus a surprise ending. Also playing is “A Tale of the Norse” by Heather Haskiell, a rousing romp through Norse mythology. Both plays were finalists in the annual West Virginia State Thespian Play Writing contest. 

Musical entertainment will be provided throughout the afternoon and Uncle Sam will be on hand to greet one and all. Games and face painting will be available for the young and the young at heart. Free Pepsi will be offfered, courtesy of the NM Parks and Recreation Department, and the New Martinsville Lions Club will be selling a variety of food items. All residents are encouraged to include a stop by the park as part of their celebration of America’s birthday. 

ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact 304-455-2278 to request assistance. Questions concerning Arts in the Park can be directed to Barbara Vincent at 304-652-2939.

Financial assistance has been provided by West Virginia Northern Community College, Chesapeake Energy, WETZ/WYMJ Radio and Ohio Valley Online. New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Department, Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce, and several local businesses serve as local sponsors for ArtsLink events. This festival is supported in part by the Ohio River Border Initiative, a joint project of the Ohio Arts Council and the West Virginia Commission of the Arts.”




Local filmmaker,


Preston DeFrancis, will


present and discuss his work


at the Lincoln Theater


on June 11 at 7:00.

       
              An area filmmaker who has found success in Los Angeles will bring his early works to New Martinsville for a one-night showing June 11. “The Films of Preston DeFrancis (to date)” will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater by ArtsLink, the arts council of Wetzel and Tyler Counties. This event is sponsored by HBO. Tickets at the door will be $5.00.

         Preston DeFrancis, son of Robert and Pat DeFrancis of Wheeling, will bring three short films that will chart his development as a filmmaker, culminating in his award-winning thesis film, “The Big Production.”

         The first film to be shown is “Weiner” (2003), about Michael, a precocious twelve-year-old, who tries to cope with his father's impending death by recalling a legend about the infamously logical mathematician Norbert Wiener. The second film is “Making Space Nazi” from 2005. In this mockumentary, set in 1984, filmmaker T.P. Rollstein and his misfit crew try to make their magnum opus, "Space Nazi." The third film is DeFrancis’ master’s thesis film entitled “The Big Production”, from 2007. When the engagement ring goes missing during Bryce's proposal, he must piece together clues from divergent accounts of the evening's events - a sitcom, a musical, an arthouse film, and more - to expose the culprit.

         DeFrancis once believed that a career in the film and television industry was out of reach. Raised in Wheeling, West Virginia, he left home to study Electrical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. There he connected with a small but active filmmaking community and was encouraged to pursue graduate work in film.

         He moved to Los Angeles to attend the MFA Film Directing program at the University of Southern California School Of Cinematic Arts. His award-winning short film “The Big Production” has screened at film festivals around the globe and has been honored by the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Caucus Foundation for Television Directors, and USC’s First Look Film Festival.

         Since graduating from USC, Preston has been working at HBO and contributed to such programs as “John Adams,” “Into the Storm,” and the fourth-coming series “Games of Thrones.” He also teaches a course in cinematic sound at USC, previously taught by one of Preston’s mentors, THX creator Tomlinson Holman. Preston is developing multiple feature film screenplays, and his romantic comedy “The Do-Over” is currently seeking talent attachments.

         Bart Cannizzaro will serve as projectionist and West Virginia Northern Community College will provide refreshments. Mr DeFrancis will be on hand to talk with the audience about his films and his current projects. Support for this ArtsLink activity and others is provided by West Virginia Northern Community College, the New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Department, Chesapeake Energy, WETZ/WYMJ Radio, and Ohio Valley Online.

ArtsLink’s exhibit

on Sunday,

May 2nd will include

Quilts by Becky

Livingston and

Stained Glass Panels 

by Karen Foster.

       ArtsLink’s May exhibit will feature two area artists on Sunday, May 2 at the Francis Creative Arts Center from 2 pm until 4 pm. Quilts that have been quilted by Becky Livingston of New Martinsville will be displayed, and stained glass panels created by Karen Foster of Sistersville will be exhibited and sold. This exhibit is free, and light refreshments will be served.

       Quilting has been a tradition in Becky’s family for several generations. Her mother, who made all of their clothes and quilts, taught her to embroider and sew when she was a young girl. Her first creation was a Dutch Girl quilt made from scraps of her own dresses. Her collection now includes her quilts as well as several that were made by grandmothers and aunts. 
 
        Ms. Livingston is a member of the WV Quilters, and she has volunteered to help with the WV Quilt Show in June. She is also a member of the Stitching Sisters quilt group. Projects completed by this group include pillowcases for the Children’s Hospital, dialysis quilts, bags and pillows for breast cancer patients, quilts for foster children, and walker and/or wheelchair bags.
 
       Karen Foster recently moved to Sistersville from Connecticut where she had an art studio for five years. After teaching herself this art form, she has been working with stained glass for fifteen years. She does commission pieces, and she repairs and sells items at the Tyler Artisan Co-op in Sistersville. Ms foster plans to open her own studio in the near future. Her stained glass panels, in different patterns and colors, will be available for sale at the exhibit.

       ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact Donna Earley at 304-455-2ART (304-45502278) to request assistance. Additional information concerning ArtsLink activities and events is available at 
artslink@artslinkwv.org. Funding for ArtsLink’s activities is made possible with financial assistance from West Virginia Northern Community College, Chesapeake Energy, WETZ/WYMJ Radio, and Ohio Valley Online.

  Bart Cannizzaro
 
shows off the new

lighting units.
       The Lincoln Theater is shining a little brighter, thanks to a mini-grant from ArtsLink, the arts council of Wetzel and Tyler Counties.  Since its inception, ArtsLink has been offering mini-grant opportunities to local artists to expand opportunities for artistic training and development and to contribute to the overall improvement of the cultural climate of the two-county area. To that end, ArtsLink awarded a mini-grant to the Lincoln Theater Restoration Council to help fund upgrades to the lighting system. The lighting instruments were very old and inefficient. A total of ten new lighting units were purchased and will be used to replace the front-of-house lights. The new lights were installed in time for the recent production of “The Sound of Music”. According to Bart Cannizzaro, technical advisor for the Lincoln Theater, “The new lights use less energy and put out a brighter light. We’ll be able to do a much better job of lighting the stage.”

       The historic Lincoln Theater in downtown New Martinsville is owned by the City of New Martinsville and administered by the Parks and Recreation Department. The Lincoln Theater Restoration Council was formed in 1988, consisting of seven volunteers and the head of the Parks and Recreation Department. In the past 14 years, a new roof was put on, the wall fabric replaced, the electrical wiring upgraded, new carpeting installed, and the building was air conditioned. In January 2000, all of the seats on the main level of the theater were replaced and in 2009, the dimming system and control of the stage lighting was upgraded (with help of an ArtsLink mini-grant).

       Applications for ArtsLink mini-grants are available for artists and artistic projects in the Wetzel-Tyler county area. While funding for 2009-2010 is depleted, ArtsLink anticipates having funds available after July 1 and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. For an application or further information, please call Donna Earley at 304-455-2278 or e-mail artslink@artslinkwv.org.

       ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact ArtsLink to request assistance. Additional information concerning ArtsLink activities and events is available at artslink@artslinkwv.org. Funding for ArtsLink’s activities is made possible with financial assistance from West Virginia Northern Community College, Chesapeake Energy, W E T Z / W Y M J Radio and Ohio Valley Online.
 


KLEZMER MUSIC CONCERT SET FOR MAGNOLIA AUDITORIUM AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY MARCH 14TH.
 
      
     The auditorium at Magnolia High School will be the setting for the next performance in the 2009-2010 ArtsLink Concert series. On Sunday, March 14, at 2 p.m., “The Fabulous Shpielkehs” will take the stage and perform klezmer music—Jewish folk music which may be unfamiliar to many in our area. Mother and daughter Elaine and Susan Hoffman Watts, two of the nations’ finest klezmer musicians, will perform music that has been passed down through the ages in addition to original family compositions. Elaine, winner of the National Endowment for the Arts prestigious Heritage Fellowship Award, hails from the prominent Hoffman family musical dynasty. She is a percussionist and her daughter Susan is a trumpeter, vocalist and composer. Audience members will delight at the expressive melodies, reminiscent of the human voice, complete with laughing and weeping. Barb Thomaselli, ArtsLink president, stated, “Watching this group perform is tremendously great fun. It will make audience members want to get up and dance in the isles!”

     Admission for this concert will be $10 for ArtsLink members ($20for ArtsLink member families). For nonmembers, the price will be $15/individual or $25/family.

     Performances in the ArtsLink Concert Series are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the National Endowment for the Arts with approval of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

     Financial assistance has been provided by West Virginia Northern Community College, Chesapeake Energy, WETZ/WYMJ Radio and Ohio Valley Online. The local sponsor for this performance will be Wetzel County Hospital.

     ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact us at 304-455-2ART (304-455-2278) to request assistance.  Information concerning ArtsLink performances and activities is available at www.artslinkwv.org.


RUTH WELLS HONORED WITH CONCERT
BY PIANIST ROBERT THOMAS
 
           Retired teacher, artist and musician Ruth Wells, who was honored at a concert March 7, is truly a Renaissance woman.  The 97-year-old New Martinsville woman has mastered a variety of artistic skills in her long life and still enjoys every day.  Concert Pianist Robert Thomas, former New Martinsville resident and Wells’ good friend, performed at the concert, at 2 p.m. March 7 at the First Christian Church.

Ruth Wells started first grade in New Martinsville during World War I and became friends with her future husband, Ephraim, during high school.  She began her career as a first and second grade teacher in the two-room schoolhouse in Steelton.  She taught for more years than she can remember and her first class of students is now around 84 years of age.  Upon being asked to share some of her fondest memories in the classroom, she simply replies, “I never had any children myself but I loved all my pupils.  That’s what I remember.”

         Ruth learned to silversmith at Oglebay and her niece, Kitty Campanizzi still has many fine examples of her craftsmanship.  In addition, she played the piano under the tutelage of Elsie Woodcock, learned to play the zither with her good friend and fellow teacher Louise Oblinger, and mastered the banjo crafted locally for her.  The banjo is etched with autographs from high school friends.

 Her father had a furniture store on Main Street, Froelich and Wayman, and Ruth often made the long journey with him by car to Michigan to assist him in picking out the latest in good taste for his local customers.  He also supplied the townspeople with Frigidaire appliances.  Ruth continues to indulge her love for travel through audio books she listens to daily at her home in the New Martinsville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

 Ruth was a talented painter as well; she painted numerous portraits in oil, her favorite being one of her husband that she titled “Sourdough.”  She also enjoyed landscape painting and has kept a long, slender painting of Fishing Creek.

 Ruth has touched countless lives and loves to reminisce about the events that have made her long life so enjoyable.  ArtsLink is compiling a collection of memories in honor of her and is requesting that anyone who has an anecdote or story to share please send it to artslink@artslinkwv.org or contact Tina Neil at 304-455-6662.  Cards and letters may be sent to ArtsLink, 141 Main Street, New Martinsville, WV 26155. Her family and friends want to make this benefit concert an occasion for her to treasure and hope that her friends and former students and will take this opportunity to attend the concert or send Ruth a note of appreciation with their donation to the arts.  Checks should be made to ArtsLink.

 Tickets at the door for the concert will be $10 for ArtsLink members and $15 for non-members.  This is not part of the regular concert series, so season tickets will not apply.  The concert is supported by ArtsLink partners, West Virginia Northern Community College, WETZ/WYMJ Radio, and Ohio Valley Online.  Local sponsors include Witschey’s Supermarket and Mr. And Mrs. Warren Dean.  The First Christian Church is handicapped accessible. Persons with special needs may contact Donna Earley, ArtsLink coordinator, at 304-455-2278.



ArtsLink Valentine Concert 
Scheduled
for February 20th,
at McKenna Shelter.
 
                 The annual Valentine’s Concert of the ArtsLink Concert Series has become one of the brightest events of the winter season in the Wetzel-Tyler area. The event, which features popular and jazz music of the highest order, also boasts a smorgasbord of gourmet desserts worth braving the cold to sample. Local sponsor for this event is the Mensore Distributing Co.
            This year’s Valentine’s Concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb.20, at the PPG McKenna Pavilion in Proctor, just north of New Martinsville, will feature cabaret singer Daphne Alderson of Pittsburgh.
              Daphne Alderson has a great thing going...artistic shows that spotlight her personal charisma and beautifully rendered love songs," wrote the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Hailed as "an artist of dignified passion," Daphne has brought her show to audiences of all ages. Debuting at the acclaimed Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, she's sung at venues ranging from elegant New York cabarets to concert halls, churches and museums in communities throughout the region. A warm, radiant performer with a broad repertoire ranging from Irving Berlin to the French chansons of Edith Piaf, Daphne paints a rich palette infused with life adventures in a show that is intimate, funny and often bittersweet.  Daphne's repertoire of programs include "Street Songs: The World of Hammerstein and Sondheim," "An American Girl in Paris," "World War II," and "Dear Heart," a program of American, French and Italian movie songs. Daphne performs with 1-4 accompanists including some of Pittsburgh's finest jazz and classical musicians. Residency activities include master classes and educational programs including "Minstrels and Dragons," and "Street Songs: The Music of Hammerstein and Sondheim."
             
Ms. Alderson’s performance this year is entitled “Songs that Oscar Taught Me”, and she affirms that Oscar Hammerstein occupies a revered place in the annals for musical theater. Daphne states, “Oscar Hammerstein was an idealist who loved life and believed in people with all of their foibles and strengths. When I read or sing his lyrics, I feel enveloped in that love, that hope for humanity and the joy of living, loving, and gratitude. He also was a fierce fighter for the common good and abhorred injustice, racism and cruelty, a gentle soul who was also given to fits of fury if the situation demanded. I am in love with this wonderful guy.”
      
      Brian Feldmeier, a professional caterer and event planner, as well as an ArtsLink Board member, will chair the Valentine’s Concert event and will supervise the gourmet smorgasbord.
            Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members; $20 for member families and $25 for non-member families. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling Donna Earley, coordinator, at 304-455-2ART (304-455-2278) or 304-337-9477.
           
Additional performances in the ArtsLink Concert Series will include The Fabulous Shpielkehs at Magnolia High School on March 14 and Resonance Percussion on March 28 at Tyler Consolidated High School.
           
Funding for this program made possible with financial assistance from ArtsLink, West Virginia Northern Community College, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPat) and J. C. Mensore Distributing, local sponsor. West Virginia Northern Community College and WETZ/WYMJ are also partners in this event. ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact us at 304-455-2ART (304-455-2278) to request assistance.

 

 
“Mountain Music #2”
by Jacob Bucy
 
“Organized Chaos” is a term that many of us may be able to relate to; however, local artist Jacob Bucy has actually assigned that title to his upcoming art exhibit at the Francis Creative Arts Center at the corner of Maple and Washington Avenues in New Martinsville. The free exhibit, sponsored by ArtsLink, the arts council for Wetzel and Tyler counties, will be open to the public on Sunday, February 7 from 2 until 4 pm. The show will include a variety of works done in oils, watercolors, pencil, pastels, and mixed media.

Mr. Bucy has had a strong interest in art since he was a small child, and he started painting as a high school student. His interest continued while he attended Concord College from 1998-2003. He currently lives in New Martinsville and works for Consol Energy.

His approach to art is clearing his mind and going where his subconscious takes him. He states that many things influence his art, “. . .from cracks in the ice and sidewalks to nature itself.” Artists who have influenced him include Matisse, VanGogh, Munch, De Kooning, Johns, Krasner, Pollock, Kandinsky, and others.

Mr. Bucy’s work has been shown in the Monroe Artists’ annual show, the Everybody Show at the Stifel Fine Arts Center, and the ArtsLink juried show. It can be viewed at www.putiton.com by searching Jacob Bucy.

ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact Donna Earley at 304-455-2278 to request assistance. Additional information concerning ArtsLink events and activities is available at www.artslinkwv.com. Support for ArtsLink activities is provided by West Virginia Northern Community College, WETZ/WYMJ Radio, and Ohio Valley Online.


ARTS LINK SETS DECEMBER EXHIBIT

             A tour of five unique homes in the New Martinsville area will be a feature of this year’s ArtsLink December exhibit. The exhibit, scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Francis Creative Arts Center, will again feature Nativity scenes from around the world. It will be followed at 3 p.m. by a self-guided tour of five magnificent homes that capture the style of today and yesterday. Four are classic Victorian homes in downtown New Martinsville and one is a modern architectural gem in Beechwood Estates east of New Martinsville.

            The Beechwood Estates home belongs to John Charles and Trish Mensore. The Victorian homes include the Magnolia House B & B, the McEldowney house owned by Betsy Chandler and the Charles Shepard home, all on Maple Avenue, and the home of Harry and Fran Caldwell on Eliza Street, the only brick street left in the city.

            Advanced tickets for the tour, which will run from 3-6 p.m., may be purchased from Occasions Gifts on Main Street, Off the Wall on Third and Monroe, or from Fran Caldwell at 455-5092. Tickets are $10 each and may also be purchased at the Francis Center on the day of the tour. Visitors may view the Nativity exhibit, enjoy light refreshments and head out on the tour.

The Mensore home was one of the first homes built in the Beechwood Estates development. This Georgian Colonial-style home was custom built for George and Carol Couch. The Caldwell home on Eliza Street was built at the turn of the century for an oil and gas man. The Ingram Myers family bought it a few years later and lived there until their children left the nest. The Caldwells purchased their Victorian home in 1971. It has six fireplaces with the original tile and mantels. The original woodwork remains except for the floors, which were replaced after the 1936 flood.

One of the oldest homes in New Martinsville is the McEldowney house, located at 667 Maple Avenue, The original McEldowney house was a log cabin out of the flood zone where the McEldowney family would escape when flood waters invaded their riverfront home. Around 1850 they moved into the house permanently. The dining room and kitchen were added around 1880 and the side porch and bedroom above were added in the early 1930s. Robert E. and Elizabeth G. McEldowney, grandparents of the current owner, Betsy Chandler, were living in “the big house” in the location of the current Magnolia High School until 1910, when they moved into the 667 residence.

            The Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast is currently owned by Jerry and Joan Adkins, the fifth owners of the house. It was built in 1903 for Edward Samuel and Elizabeth Umstead Duerr, who lived in it until their deaths in the 1950s. It was bought by local contractor John Burlingame, who made extensive renovations with the goal of making it “the showplace of New Martinsville.” In the 1970s, it was bought by local businessman Robert Corace, an avid tree fancier who is responsible for the various types of trees on the property. In 2000, it became a bed and breakfast after more renovations by owner Susan Strausser and it continues in that form today.

            The Shepard home was built around 1901 by an oil man known as Fishel. The three-story house has 4,000 square feet with a large center hall and a four-flight staircase to the large open room on the third floor. Two sections of a stained glass window in the stairwell are visible from the rear and there is ornate woodwork throughout.

            The Shepards purchased the home from Charles and Edith   Coogle, whose family owned and operated the New Martinsville Supply, an oil well supply company. Many old-timers still refer to the property as the “Coogle House.”

Proceeds from the event benefit ArtsLink activities, including concerts, exhibits, classes, and many free school activities. While the homes tour is not necessarily universally accessible, the Francis Center is. Persons with special needs may contact Donna Earley, administrative coordinator, at 304-455-2278 for assistance.

 

  What color will

you choose for

your socks?

Betty Tustin, local fiber artist, will be teaching 2 knitting classes for ArtsLink this fall. The classes will be held at the Francis Creative Arts Center, at the corner of Maple Avenue and Washington Street, in New Martinsville.

Beginning Knitting will be taught on Thursdays, beginning on October 22 and continuing for the next three Thursdays: October 29, November 5 and November 12. Classes will begin at 10am and last for approximately 2 hours. The fee for this class is $30 with students providing their own materials. A materials list is available by calling 304-455-2278 or e-mailing artslink@artslinkwv.org. Students may enroll by sending a check for the class fee to ArtsLink, C/O WVNCC, 141 Main Street, New Martinsville, WV   26155. Class size is limited, so enroll now.

“Socks” is the theme of the second class, to be held at the Francis Center on Thursdays – October 22 and 29 and November 5 and 12 – at 1:00 and lasting for about 2 hours. Students interested in this class should already be able to knit and purl. The cost for this class, including supplies, is $42.60. Again, students may enroll by sending a check for the class fee to ArtsLink, C/O WVNCC, 141 Main Street, New Martinsville, WV   26155. Class size is limited for this class, as well.

Classes will be taught by Betty Tustin, local fiber art teacher with many years experience teaching in the public school system. She has devoted her time to working with fibersand teaching fiber art classes since her retirement in 1989 from public schools. She is agraduate of Salem International College with 64 hours earned at Fort New Salem in Appalachian Studies. Fran Caldwell, ArtsLink president invites, “Come join Betty in a fun & educational class. The skill of knitting will be a life long talent that you can pass on.” The classes are sponsored by ArtsLink, an organization whose mission is to promote the arts in Tyler & Wetzel Counties.

 

Please call Donna Earley, at the ArtsLink office at 304-455-2278 for further information. Enrollment in these classes is NOT insured until the class fee is received at the ArtsLink office. The Francis Creative Arts Center is universally accessible. When you enroll in these classes you are supporting ArtsLink!

  ArtsLink Will
Offer 
Sewing
and Pottery
Classes in
October!

ArtsLink will offer a beginning sewing class for those who would like to know how to hem, sew on a button, learn how to place a pattern on fabric, and make an apron using your machine.  Each student will need to bring a sewing machine with them to the second class and the instruction book for that machine (if you have the booklet), pins, scissors, and item of clothing that needs to be hemmed or a pair of pants that you can hem again.  The class will meet once a week for 5 weeks beginning on Tuesday, October 6, from 6-8 pm.  Cost of the class for instruction will be $35 and Cindy Moore will be the instructor. 

 

Pat Ordile will be teaching a Basic Hand Building pottery class lasting 4 weeks starting on Monday, October 5, from 6-8 pm. The total cost for the class, including materials is $65.

 

All classes will meet at the Francis Creative Arts Center, corner of Maple Avenue and Washington Street, in New Martinsville. Class size is limited, and payment must be received in advance. To enroll in any of these classes, send a check to ArtsLink, C/O WVNCC, 141 Main Street, New Martinsville, WV 26155.  For further information, please contact the ArtsLink office at 304-455-2278.

 

  Two winning entries in ArtsLink’s recent juried art show include
this “Sculpture of St. John” by Patrick McGuane and
“Medicine Pipe Carrier” by Dana Hall.

  

 

ArtsLink, the arts council for Wetzel and Tyler counties, held its first juried art show in September, and it was such a success that board members are already discussing a second show for 2010.   The show, held at the Francis Creative Arts Center in New Martinsville, was judged by Brad Johnson, Director of Exhibitions at Oglebay Institute and Director of Classes at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.   Mr. Johnson stated that the show was difficult to judge because of the many pieces—53 in all—and because all of the artists had mastered their media.   After seeing the quality of the pieces submitted, Mr. Johnson expressed surprise that this was the council’s first show.

 

Dana Hall of St. Mary’s submitted the first place painting entitled “Medicine Pipe Carrier”, and Friendly, West Virginia’s Debbie Anderson placed second in that category with her creation “Midnight Moonlight”.   Fran Caldwell and Yvonne Beaver placed first and second respectively in the “3-D” category.   “Fiber Arts” winners included Betty Tustin of Middlebourne who wove a table runner, and Norene Ewers who created a Crazy Quilt.

 

A “Sculpture of   St. John” by Patrick McGuane from Reader was named “Best of Show” and a pastel by Hilda Steen received a merit award.

 

ArtsLink is pleased to showcase the works of local artists and looks forward to additional opportunities to do so.   ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible.   Persons with special needs may contact us at 304-455-2ART (304-455-2278) to request assistance.

 

Chatham Baroque
will perform at 
2:00 pm on Sunday,
October 25

 

 
                The second concert of the annual ArtsLink series will be presented at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 25, at the beautiful historic Durham Mansion in Sistersville, WV.  Concert goers will enjoy a performance by Chatham Baroque, a talented string trio which was named “1999 Breakthrough Artist of the Year” by National Public Radio.  

                This musical trio, western Pennsylvania’s only Baroque ensemble, promises to deliver a charming, vibrant performance in the equally charming mansion setting.  The baroque violin virtuosity, the rich fluid lines of the viola de gamba, and the allure of the baroque guitar transport audiences from the palaces of Peru to the court of Louis XIV.  Musical selections range from those of Baroque London to works by Vivaldi and Purcell.  In addition to the Sunday performance, the trio will entertain the students and staff at Sistersville Elementary School on Monday, October 26.

           Tickets for the Sunday concert are available at the door, and the doors will open at 1p.m.  Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.  Family tickets are $20 and $25 respectively.

           This performance would not be possible without the collaboration between ArtsLink and the Tyler Revitalization Committee, which is serving as sponsor for the concert.  Many members of both groups share the same goals and anticipate additional activities to promote a better quality of life in the Wetzel-Tyler area.  Additional financial assistance comes from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.   The program is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program 
developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

           ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility whenever possible. Persons with special needs may contact Donna Earley at 304-455-2278.

  
 

  The

Mountain

Valley

Corn

Pickers

 

           The second in ArtsLink’s August Coffehouse Series on Thursday, August 13, was the "MOUNTAIN VALLEY CORN PICKERS".  The group was established many moons ago by Tom and TG Gray. This father and son duo digs down to the roots of great music.  According to Tom, “We pick and grin to the sounds of Johnny Cash, the Allman Brothers, Grampa Jones, and Eric Clapton.  We also play original pieces which reflect songs on helping save our environment.  Our main goal is to play music, recycle and have fun.”

          The event began at 7:00, at the Francis Creative Arts Center, which is located at the corner of Maple Avenue and Washington Street in New Martinsville.  Light refreshments were  provided.  The Coffeehouse Series is sponsored by Don Riggenbach, of Riggenbach Tile and Carpet, and his wife, Jackie.


  Gary Eller,

formerly

of Proctor,

opened the 

ArtsLink

Coffeehouse

Series.

 

          


ArtsLink presented the annual August Coffeehouse Series.  This year, the free event is sponsored by Don Riggenbach, of Riggenbach Tile and Carpet, and his wife, Jackie.  “This year’s line-up features some very exciting local talent.  And Gary Eller returned from the West to kick off the month on Thursday, August 6, and entertained us with a program entitled ‘
Early Songs of Northern West Virginia and the Upper Ohio Valley’," according to Betty Tustin, the Projects Chairperson for ArtsLink. August 13 will be Tom and TG Gray and the Mountain Valley Corn Pickers.  Carman Harman will be providing a Karaoke event on August 20.  Everyone’s invited to come out and sing!  Rounding out the month will be a return engagement by John Shreve of Sardis.


 

   

 

 

 

  The final concert in the ArtsLink 2008-2008 concert series featured the Phoenix Jazz Project at 2 p.m. April 19 at Magnolia High School.

  “ Pianist Tom Glovier and the Phoenix Jazz Project never seem to run out of good ideas, “ proclaimed the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “The group can do jazz classics such as "Kind of Blue." But it also can present songs flavored by bebop or contemporary bands. Or it might even do a song from "The Wizard of Oz." The group's work also is enlivened by Glovier's wife, Jessie, whose soprano voice sometimes sinks into a husky sound.

   Leader Curtis Johnson is a retired associate professor of music at West Virginia University, Johnson was on the WVU faculty for 20 years. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Slippery Rock University and West Liberty State College. 
    
  “We were really fortunate to be able to close out our concert series with a class act like the Phoenix Jazz Project,” Fran Caldwell, ArtsLink president, said. “Their treatment of old standards and original works are designed to have their audiences leaving the concert feeling mellow.”

    Major funding for the concert series was made possible with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.


  ArtsLink Offered Pottery Classes

       ArtsLink offered a pottery class at theFrancis Creative Arts Center beginning on Thursday, July 9 at 5:30 and continuing on each Thursday throughout July.  The cost for the class was $45 and included all materials for the projects of all four sessions.  Participants
worked on three different projects based on three basic hand-building techniques:  Pinch, Coil and Slab.  The first session will focus on learning how to mold the clay using the pinch technique.  Instructor for this course was Pat Ordile. 
 


 

  The Meistersingers, pictured here,
will be one of the musical groups
featured at this year’s
Arts In The Park celebration

  ARTS IN THE PARK, JULY 4TH

 

Mark your calendars now to plan to attend the annual Arts in the Park Festival at Bruce Park in New Martinsville on Saturday, July 4.   Thisevent, sponsored by the New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Department, the Monroe Artists Guild and ArtsLink, will feature arts and crafts demonstrations, exhibits by area residents, musical entertainment, the Wayward Players, lots of games and face painting, and free refreshments.   Uncle Sam will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the festival, which will begin at 1p.m and continue until 5 p.m.

 

This festival is supported in part by the Ohio River Border Initiative, a joint project of the Ohio Arts Council and the West Virginia Commission of the Arts.   ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible.   Persons with special needs may contact ArtsLink at 304-455-2278.   For more information concerning the festival, please contact Barbara Vincent at 304-652-2939.


 

 

              

  The hand-hooked rug “Stone House” was created by L. Lee Eddy
of Friendly, WV and was featured in Rug Hooking Magazine,
a national publication, in August 2008.


The monthly exhibit sponsored by ArtsLink, the arts council for Wetzel and Tyler counties, featured the work of Tyler County resident L. Lee Eddy on Sunday, June 7, from 2 until 4 pm at the Francis Creative Arts Center in New Martinsville.   

 

Mrs. Eddy is skilled in the art of rug hooking and had one of her creations featured in Rug Hooking Magazine’s Celebration of Hand Hooked Rugs XVIII in August of 2008. That rug, depicting a stone house, was actually created from a pastel drawing that had been a gift to her mother from a relative in England.

 


 Thistledew Farms Exhibit at Art Center on May 3rd

 

The monthly exhibit sponsored by ArtsLink, the arts council for Wetzel and Tyler counties, appealed to individuals of all ages.   On Sunday, May 3, between the hours of 2 and 4 pm, items from locally owned Thistledew Farms were on display at the Francis Creative Arts Center at the corner of Maple and Washington Avenues in New Martinsville.   Steve and Ellie Conlon, owners of the business, showed a variety of objects ranging from decorative candles and handmade items to wooden folk toys crafted by local men and women.   Thistledew Farms has exhibited at fairs and festivals throughout the tri-state area, and their products are sold internationally.

 

ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible.   Persons with special needs may contact Donna Earley at 304-455-2ART (304-455-2278) to request assistance.  



ART EXHIBIT SET

Hillary Feldmeier was April’s featured artist
for ArtsLink’s monthly exhibit at the
Francis Creative ArtsCenter.  
Maple & Washington Ave., New Martinsville 
Sunday, April 5 from 2-4 pm


    The Big Read a big success in ArtsLink territory !!

  Beulah Talkington gives a demonstration of items that might be used to hunt in the wilds of Alaska. She also talked about the wolf cub raised by her son.

  Sonya Haught, left, is presented with a certificate noting that 100 percent of the residents of Wick read “The Call of the Wild” by Betty Tustin, Big Read Co-chair.

  The Jim Rice family look over “The Call of the Wild.” AAA Homes was one of the sponsors of the project.

   

   

  Barb’s Restaurant in Middlebourne was the site of a book discussion group that read “The Big Read.”

  The Paden City Library Big Read discussion group was inspired  to  begin meeting monthly to discuss other books.

   

   

 Jessie Coleman of Proctor
brought her wire haired terrier to “Dog Paws,” one of the Big Read events.

   
       Co-chairs Marianne Hughes and Betty Tustin reported that the months of January and February found TBR committee members distributing copies of The Call of the Wild and its companion Reader’s Guide, furnished by the National Endowment for the Arts, all across Wetzel and Tyler Counties in spite of frequent inclement weather.   Betty Tustin organized readings and book discussions at a number of locations in Tyler County, including The Jug, Barb’s Restaurant, and the Meadville Mall.   Tina Neil coordinated the efforts in Wetzel County, scheduling book discussions at The Bookstore, New Martinsville Library, and the library at West Virginia Northern Community College.   Paden City Library also hosted a book discussion, and is making plans to do more on a regular basis.   Raffle tickets were given to participants at every event.

      The kickoff event on January 25 at WVNCC was well attended.   Presentations by Dr. Terry Craig, introduction of the NFL’s John Thornton of the Cincinnati Bengals, Reader’s Theater, Ellen Pope’s Iditarod stories, and Beulah Talkington’s presentation on life in the wild delighted the audience.   Tasty snacks were provided by Occasions.

      The Big Read Finale was held at the Meadville Mall near Wick in Tyler County on February 28.   Sonya Haught, owner of the Meadville Mall, was presented with a Certificate of Accomplishment for the communities of Meadville and Wick which pledged 100% participation in The Big Read.   Beulah Talkington repeated a section of her presentation on life in the wild, followed by Liz Hartman’s presentation on Alaska, including the training of sled dogs.   Those who attended were treated to Klondike ice cream bars and hot chocolate.   The raffle tickets were drawn for prizes which included backpacks, a genuine “Buck” knife donated by Talkington’s Gun Shop, gift certificates donated by The Bookstore, and an ArtsLink family membership.

      “Many thanks to all who contributed and participated in any way,” Hughes said.  “The community response was wonderful.”

      The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. Local sponsors were AAA Homes, New Martinsville Rotary Club, Wetzel-Tyler Volunteers for Better Reading, Radio Station WETZ/WAJR, and the Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 


     The beautiful stained glass windows in the Middlebourne United   Methodist Church   will serve as the back drop for the Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 8.  The church is located on East Street in Middlebourne.  The concert, part of the ArtsLink ’08-’09 Concert Series, features John Marcinizyn and James Ferla playing diverse musical styles dating from the Renaissance to jazz.   In addition to performing in many   community concerts, the duo has   performed for all ages at schools, museums, clubs, and festivals.   They have recorded five CDs including Kaleidoscipe, which features five centuries of guitar music.

 

     Admission to the concert is as follows:   ArtsLink Members--$10 per individual, $20 per family;   non-members--$15 per individual and $25 per family.   A family is defined as a couple and their children under the age of 18.  

 

     This event is sponsored locally by the Wetzel County Hospital.   It is also partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by the Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.   Financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts also makes the performance possible.  Additional local support provided by West Virginia Northern Community College, The Plaza Inn,  and W E T Z / W Y M J Radio.

 

     ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible.   Persons with special needs may call 304-455-2278 to request assistance.
 



  Join Betty Tustin on Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19,
and 26, from 10 am - 12 pm 
to learn basic knitting techniques.
Student fee $20, limit 10.

On the same days, from 1 - 3 pm,
learn basic felting techniques.
Student fee $30, limit 10, all materials supplied.


  "BROWN BAG"
Flower Arranging Demonstration

 

     Pack a lunch, bring a friend, and learn to arrange those blossoms that will soon be flourishing in your flower gardens!   The second of several “Brown Bag Lunches” sponsored by ArtsLink, the arts council for Wetzel and Tyler counties, will be held from noon until 1pm on Thursday, March 19 at the Francis Creative Arts Center in New Martinsville.  
    
Individuals who attend will enjoy a flower arranging demonstration by Brian Feldmeier, owner of Occasions on Main Street in New Martinsville.  The demonstration will include a “hands-on” time for all who wish to try their hands at the art.  

     All activities at the Francis Creative Arts Center are universally accessible.   Persons with special needs may contact Donna Earley, ArtsLink program coordinator at 304-455-2278.  


 

  Barbara Thomaselli

showed an example

of paper marbling.

 

      The public joined us at the Francis Creative Arts Center at 12 noon on Tuesday, February 24 for lunch and a demonstration of paper marbling.   Lunch included tortellini salad, soup, foccacia bread, jello salad, and beverage and lasted until 1:00. 
     
Barbara Thomaselli demonstrated paper marbling and its uses.  This wa the first in a monthly series of lunches and upcoming demonstrations that will include flower arranging and quilting.   Lunch for February is $5 per person.
  
      


 Lisa Yvonne Ferraro

headlined this year’s Valentine’s

Concert and Gourmet Dessert

Smorgasbord event,

presented by
ArtsLink

at the PPG McKenna Pavilion

in Proctor.

   

   

           The much-anticipated ArtsLink Valentine’s Day concert was held, appropriately, on Valentine’s Day.  Set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 14, at the PPG McKenna Pavilion in Proctor, the event again featured a smorgasbord of gourmet desserts.  J. C. Mensore Distributor, Inc. and PPG Industries were the local co-sponsors for this event.  The staff at Occasions provided the décor.

            As in past years, this concert featured a premier jazz vocalist, Lisa Yvonne Ferraro.  According to ArtsLink board member Barbara Thomaselli, “Lisa is a phenomenal jazz performer.  Her recent performance at the Stifel Center in Wheeling was incredible.  Ferraro is also a talented songwriter.  She debuted some of her original music with Marvin Hamlisch at Heinz Hall and composed music for “The Other Side of the River” which aired on PBS

            “The Healing Power of Music” workshop preceded the concert at 6:30 p.m. and was offered at no additional charge to those attending the concert.

           Financial support for this project was provided by ArtsLink, W E T Z / W Y M J Radio, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, with funding from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Additional funding from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

             


   

  FRAN CALDWELL


ELECTED PRESIDENT


OF ARTSLINK

 

            A former president is expected to be selected to lead ArtsLink, the arts council of Wetzel and Tyler Counties, following the annual membership meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2009.   Fran Caldwell, who launched the Sunday afternoon art exhibits during her earlier term as president, has agreed to succeed retiring president Eric Vincent. Others nominated for office include Barbara Thomaselli of Middlebourne, vice president; Patricia Block, secretary, and Larry Tackett, treasurer.

            Board members Fran Caldwell, Harry Caldwell, Ralph Strippel and Eric Vincent have been nominated for reelection to the board. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.

           


 
The Annual Valentine's Day concert was held

Valentine’s Day February 14, at 7:30 p.m. 
at the PPG McKenna Pavilion in Proctor.

The event featured jazz vocalist,
Lisa Yvonne Ferraro and a
smorgasbord of gourmet desserts.
 


 

   “Boy Fishing in a Bayou”   

by Al Everett,

from the collection

of Donna Earley

 
       The February 1 exhibit at ArtsLink’s Francis Creative Arts Center featured art works from the personal collections of Paden City residents David McCartney, Colleen McCartney and Donna Earley.  Light refreshments were served.

      Works presented from David McCartney’s collection included three pieces by sculptor Art Wells’ series Eight Days of the Week; a self-portrait by Greta (Kristen) Haught, formerly of Reader, WV; and a miniature Chinese reverse painting of 1954 Chevrolet painted inside a perfume bottle.

      Pottery from Colleen McCartney’s collection included two pots thrown by Greta Haught and one thrown by well-known Albuquerque potter, Rose Williams, a Navajo Indian woman in her 90’s.  Williams makes her pots in a brush shelter, fires them in a cast iron kiln, and uses a finish made of tree resin.

      Included in Donna Earley’s collection were works by New Orleans artists, including photographs by Jack Beech and Louis Sahuc, paintings by Paul Samson and Al Everett and Mardi Gras prints by Danny Resnick.



 

ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility
wherever possible.  Accessible seating is available for all
events.  Persons with special needs may contact
us at 304-455-2278 to request assistance.
 

  

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