Oglebay Institute was formed in 1930 when a group of like-minded citizens, armed with the vision and the philanthropy of the Oglebay family, came together to contribute to the joy of living by creating cultural, education and recreational programming in the city's newly acquired Oglebay Park.
Visions & Shadows takes viewers on an exploration of the unknown as national and regional artists display works that push the boundaries of traditional and non-traditional artistic mediums, as well as our imaginations.
Nationally recognized artists in the exhibit include puppeteer Darren Way, sculptor Lavana Lemley, photographer Jenna Manson, taxidermist Sara Ford Cocco, mixed-media artists Michael McKowen & Jason Sauer and more. Visions & Shadows also showcases the work of local artists in a juried competition.
Exhibit runs August 25 through November 4. The Stifel Fine Arts Center is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday. Free Admission.
The Mansion Museum in Oglebay is currently displaying nearly 40 samplers created during the heyday of schoolgirl samplers in America from 1764-1853. “Behold the labour of my hands” draws from the donated collection of Dr. Betty Jane McWilliams as well as Museum’s own collection. The exhibit demonstrates the educational role that samplers played in the lives of their young makers while showcasing an extraordinary range of patterns and needle skills.
On display through January 8, 2017. Free with Museum admission.
Sponsored by The McWilliams Foundation.
What is a Sampler?
Samplers are pieces of embroidery produced specifically as a demonstration of needlework skills by the maker. Each sampler is a record of the maker’s educational training. Until the mid-nineteenth century, education for girls across social and economic boundaries utilized the sampler as a teaching tool to develop skills for both practical and ornamental purposes. The majority of American samplers were stitched on a loosely woven linen that pulled together when cross-stitched with cotton or silk thread. Completed samplers were often framed and displayed as tangible evidence of a girl’s practical skills and artistic abilities.
By the middle of the nineteenth century developments in education and industry supplanted sampler making in the classroom, relegating it to a pastime engaged in at home. Once treasured as family heirlooms, samplers are now highly prized by collectors, and are an important part of museum collections as representations of early American female education.
September 1 (Thursday) 10:00 am - January 8 (Sunday) 5:00 pm
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is an epic of the widescreen era with one of the era’s most iconic characters –Clint Eastwood’s “Man with No Name.” And it features one of the most hauntingly memorable soundtracks in Hollywood history. Eastwood would remember all the lessons he learned from director Sergio Leone when he made his Oscar-winning 1992 film, Unforgiven.
Why Go To the Movie Theater?
Oglebay Institute, Wheeling Jesuit University and the Ohio County Public partnered to form the Wheeling Film Society. WFS events bring movie buffs together to watch and discuss classic films. Screenings and post-screening discussions are free and open to the public.
So, get off the couch! Stop binge watching by yourself. Hollywood movies are meant to be seen with others, in the movie theater, on the BIG screen. The actors are figuratively and literally larger than life! Get together with other movie lovers. Engage in thought-provoking conversation. You will learn more about the art and history of cinema, too.
Towngate: A unique movie theater in Wheeling.
A church-turned-theater, Towngate is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market District.
At Towngate, not only can you watch live theater productions, spoken word performances, improv and concerts, you can see movies, too! Towngate is also a single screen cinema. On select weekends throughout the year, we show a host of classic and independent films, thought-provoking documentaries and film shorts by local and regional filmmakers. Our movie selections encourage thought and conversation. You won’t be disappointed. Our regulars know we only show quality films. Sometimes, they show up for screenings without knowing the title of the film. They trust us that much.
Whether you consider yourself a film buff or you only like movies for the popcorn, our films will entertain and inspire. See you at Towngate!
Enjoy a lively adaptation of this well-known German folk tale. Kids enjoy the colorful and entertaining characters. They also learn lessons on the importance of being honest and keeping your promises. There’s plenty of audience participation, too! Families stay after the show for a Q & A with the cast.
Want to boost literacy? Teach your child to imagine the unimaginable? Cultivate curiosity? Go to the theater, and bring your kids.
Plays ignite the imagination and bring stories to life. Words and characters jump from the page to the stage, thus connecting children to the importance of reading. They learn valuable lessons, too. Theater teaches skills such as empathy, critical thinking and teamwork. Kids watch the actors working together onstage. They see that REAL people are behind entertainment and realize performers are not just images on TV or computer screens. Live action happens right before their eyes. There’s no app for that! All their senses are engaged “in the moment.” Nothing can be paused or muted. Some may even discover the actor, director or writer within themselves. Most of all, you get to spend quality time as a family. Theater is a social experience meant to be shared with one another. So, gather the kids, go to Towngate and experience the magic of theater together.
Keeping the Community in Community Theater in Wheeling. . .
Located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market District, Towngate is a cornerstone of creative life in Wheeling and serves as an entertainment destination for residents of the Ohio Valley and beyond. People of all ages and backgrounds gather here to create and experience art onstage. Most of all, Towngate celebrates the essential power of theater to illuminate our common humanity. The community enjoys and participates in hundreds of live performances, classes and workshops year-round.
Programs and exhibits are made possible by the generous support of our members and sponsors and by financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts and are provided equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex or disability.
Oglebay Institute facilities accommodate the mobility impaired.