Brooke museum to hold art show

WELLSBURG –The Brooke County Historical Museum and Culture Center is continuing its dual role of preserving local history and showcasing local art and music.

A variety of art, created with assorted media, will again be displayed there when the Brooke High School Students and Alumni Art Show returns this weekend.

The show will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Brooke High School students and alumni interested in entering the show can bring their entries to the museum at 704 Charles St. between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. today.

On Sunday, attendees will have a chance to cast a vote for their favorite entry for the People’s Choice award. Other awards will be determined by judges Amanda Carley, artist and owner of Cat’s Paw Art Studio in Wheeling, and artist Lizzy Hannah.

Ruby Greathouse, volunteer curator for the museum, said the show grew from about 60 entries three years ago to 96 last year and she’s hopeful it will have great participation again this year.

Sara Roark, art instructor at the high school, and the school’s art club once again are coordinating the show.

Admission is free.

The museum has an assortment of historical displays, including a glass room containing pieces produced by glass factories that once operated in the area, two rooms dedicated to military service and re-creations of an 1890s dining room and 1920s kitchen.

In recent years the museum’s volunteer board has produced two books featuring profiles of military veterans in Hancock, Brooke and Ohio counties and is seeking submissions for its third volume.

The books were inspired by a similar series produced in Marshall County.

Greathouse said submissions may be from veterans of any era who served in wars and during peacetime, and can be sent by family members of deceased veterans.

She noted the board is seeking details about a veteran’s military service in addition to rank, military branch and years of service. Short recollections of experience in combat and in day-to-day military life offer a human perspective, she said.

Photos of the veterans taken during their service also may be used.

The submissions may be sent to the museum. Copies of the first two volumes still are available for $20 each.

For information, call (304) 737-4060.

Greathouse said the museum has resumed regular hours for spring, summer and fall. They are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Tours at other times can be arranged by calling the museum.

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