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
Held 7-11 p.m. Saturday, October 22 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center, the Shadows Ball is a costumed celebration among the art of the Visions & Shadows exhibition.
Wear your most creative costumes in a judged competition with prizes. Also, enjoy sideshow acts including glass walking, brain flossing, human blockhead, burlesque, the bed of nails, pain wands and more performed by Kabarett Vulgare. Live music by 80’s hair cover band Tongue ‘N Cheek, film screenings, raffles, food, drinks and most importantly, art are also part of the fun.
Tickets are $35 per person. Costumes required for entry.
Register online or call 304-242-7700. Ages 18 & older only. No entry without appropriate ID.
More about Visions & Shadows:
Visions & Shadows takes viewers on 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.
Guitar master Roger Hoard and fiery fiddle player Dan Jones bring their musical talents to Towngate. This talented duo entertains audiences with crowd-pleasing tunes from a variety of artists ranging from Charlie Daniels to Tom Petty. Their dynamic show will have fans clapping, toe-tapping and dancing in the aisles.
Towngate proudly supports live music in Wheeling. Some of the region’s most versatile and entertaining musicians perform on the Towngate stage on select weekends throughout the year.
Towngate is more than just theater…
A church-turned-theater, Towngate is 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 Wheeling, the Upper Ohio Valley and beyond. People of all ages and backgrounds gather here to create and experience art onstage.
At Towngate, you can watch live theater. Listen to poetry and spoken word performances. Bring the kiddos to a children’s theater production. Attend a ballet. You can take a class or audition for a play. We also showcase improvisational comedy. Local and regional musicians also perform on the Towngate stage. You can see movies, too. Enjoy hundreds of live performances, concerts, events and classes year-round. See you at Towngate!
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.