Brooke and Hancock County’s Budding Arts Culture

The art culture in Brooke and Hancock counties continues to blossom. This week alone has so many events to be excited about. On Thursday night, September 12, Weirton kicked off its city-wide heritage celebration, the Gate 5 Industrial Art Festival, with an exhibition opening at Summit Art Gallery (3393 Main Street in Weirton). The show, which will remain on display until October 30, 2019, features Steampunk- and industrial-themed work by the artists Amy Franey-Cunningham, Christine Delguzzi, Kristy Ferguson, Savannah Schroll Guz, Dennis Jones, Paul Spencer, Michael C. Swartzmiller, Gerald Van Scyoc, Robert L. Watson, James Williams, and Holly Zablackas.

At Weirton’s Summit Art Gallery on September 12, were participating artists: (clockwise, l to r): James Williams, Savannah Schroll Guz, Robert L. Watson, Kristy Ferguson, Top of WV Executive Assistant and Interim Director Bonnie Burskey, exhibition curator Molly Mosser, Mike Swartzmiller, Amy Franey-Cunningham, Christine Delguzzi, and Holly Zablackas. Absent from the picture: photographer Dennis Jones and painter Gerald Van Scyoc.

    On Saturday, September 14, Fallabaloo, a fall festival held at the Ashley Marie Performing Arts Center, located at 2850 Weir Avenue, will feature craft vendors, a virtual reality arcade, kids’ activities, and other entertainment. In the evening, at 8 p.m., Striplight Community Theatre, a company that is part of the Ashley Marie Performing Arts Center, will present an adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This performance will also be held again at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 15.

Fallabaloo will take place at the Ashley Marie Performing Arts Center (2850 Weir Avenue in Weirton) between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. this Saturday, 9/14.

     On Friday evening, September 13, in Wellsburg, at Martha’s Gallery (736 Charles Street), an exhibition of the work of artist Torie Hungton-Hugart will open. The opening will begin at 5 p.m. Martha’s Gallery always offers good conversation, good company, and wonderful refreshments.

Martha’s Gallery is located at 736 Charles Street in Wellsburg, WV.

At the nearby Brooke Hills Playhouse (140 Gist Lane), located in Brooke Hills Park, Wellsburg, WV, the Ohio Valley Cloak and Dagger company will perform live on both Friday and Saturday nights! Friday’s performance focuses on adaptations of the work of Ambrose Bierce, while Saturday is a “Carney Cabaret.” Featured among the Saturday night performances will be “The Marvelous Barastro” by Ben Hecht, “The Brass Ring” by David Gillespie, and “Flesh Peddler” by Robert Juran.

Friday night, adaptations of the works of Ambrose Bierce are featured!
On Saturday night, it’s a Carney Cabaret!

Please support our region’s growing arts culture and come out to these fantastic events this weekend!

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