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    Five Playwrights, Five Voices: Interviews by Sharon J. Anderson

    “Everything You Touch” by Sheila Callaghan   CATF: In the interest of full disclosure, I don’t know a thing about fashion. A client once asked me if my shoes were Ferragamos. I replied, “No, they’re mine.” Would you recognize a pair of Ferragamos? Sheila Callaghan: No. I’m not a fashion maven. I’m pretty ignorant when […]

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    Where We Are Now

    BY ZACH DAVIS   As she sat in the waiting room outside the ER, waiting for the doctors to finish sewing up her husband, Charlene said to herself “I’m done.” She wasn’t sure whether or not this was true, and as was typical when she let these words slip, there was no one around but […]

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    Shepherd Senior Exhibits

    BY NANCY MCKEITHEN   Each year, the dates and the names change, but the Capstone Exhibit remains — that annual right [sic] of passage for graduating seniors in the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. For each student, this one-day exhibit — drawn from their story of living and learning art, of […]

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    The Age of Missing Information: A Collaboration of Art & Poetry

    BY TOM TAYLOR & ED ZAHNISER   Advertising designer Tom Taylor and writer–editor–poet Ed Zahniser—both retired—began collaborating in 2014. They have worked from poem to artwork and artwork to poem and may soon try collaborating from brainstorming.   For the poems and images, please see the magazine.      

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    Peggy McKowen and the Art of Costuming

    BY SHEILA KELLY VERTINO   Deeper and deeper she goes with each reading. Might take 10 or even 20 times reading a play before Peggy McKowen, Associate Producing Director for CATF, feels that she intimately understands all of the characters and the time and place in which they exist. In her role as costume designer, […]

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    Lucia Valentine: Inspired by a Tradition of Songwriting

    BY TODD COYLE   Fluent: Where did your love of music begin? Lucia Valentine: My earliest musical memories are listening to music on car rides all tucked into my car seat. Apparently, I used to fight going to sleep and music was the only thing that would put me out. Most nights I still fall […]

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    Bruce Fransen: Creating Visual Rhythm

    BY CATHERINE BALDAU   Bruce Fransen has discovered a way to marry two diverse disciplines into a unique art form. An arborist for nearly four decades, Fransen understands the characteristics of tree species, their properties and behavior, and most importantly, he knows how to find the aesthetic treasures buried deep inside their grain. As a […]

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Regional Art : Image of the Week

"Listen to the Bleeding Hearts" by Sonya Evanisko (acrylic on panel 24" x 24") will be on view at the Shepherd U faculty exhibit opening Tue, Sep 8.


Second Shepherd Salon Series Concert Offers Violin, Piano Repertoire Sep 10

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV—Shepherd University’s Department of Music will present the second concert of the 2015–2016 Music Salon Series, sponsored by Jefferson Security Bank, on Thursday, September 10, at 8 pm in the Frank Center’s W. H. Shipley Recital Hall. An evening of Czech music will feature Washington, D.C.-based violinist Shu-Ting Yao and pianist Dr. Yu-Hsuan Liao, […]

Shepherd Faculty Art Exhibit Scheduled September 8–21

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV—Shepherd University’s annual Faculty Exhibition will take place September 8–21 in the Center for Contemporary Arts Phaze II Gallery and the Scarborough Library. An opening reception is planned for Tuesday, September 8, from 4–6 pm in the library and from 5–7 pm in the gallery. The exhibit and receptions are free and open to […]

Web Series about WV Artists Goes Statewide

Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, August 24, 2015—A crowd-funding effort on IndieGogo to take the award winning web series, ArtVoiceWV, statewide has surpassed the 80% mark, with 32 days remaining in the campaign. Launched nearly three years ago, ArtVoiceWV has profiled 22 artists in the Eastern Panhandle. The documentary series explores what sparks the creative drive […]

“Opposites Attract: Clay, Glass & Painting Pyromania!” Exhibit

“Opposites Attract:  Clay, Glass & Painting Pyromania!” a Jackie Shaw and Heidi Lippman exhibit, opens at Washington County Arts Council  with a reception on Friday, August 28, 2015 from 5 pm to 7 pm and will run through September 29, 2015. Jackie Shaw—As a late arrival to pottery, Jackie Shaw, a 32-year resident of Smithsburg, […]

“Life in the Wild” Artists Announced

The Berkeley Arts Council has announced the Juror’s selection for its “Life in the Wild” juried art exhibit, which will be on display at the Berkeley Art Works from September 2 through October 4 in the gallery at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Juror Susan T. Fisher selected 36 works by 25 artists from […]


Shepherdstown Community Book Sale • October 15–18. Join Shepherdstown Community Book Sale Group on FACEBOOK. Donate the books you won’t read again to the legendary Shepherdstown Community Club annual BOOK SALE, happening Oct 15–18 at the War Memorial Building (201 E. German St., Shepherdstown, WV). Go to FACEBOOK under that name or contact Nancy Stewart […]

The Bodice Project at The Bridge Gallery

Exhibit: The Bridge Gallery, August 6–9, Opening Reception Thursday, August 6, 6 to 8 pm—The Bodice Project is a traveling exhibit to support the healing process of those affected by breast cancer. Our goal is to help those facing the many challenges of breast cancer and to open the eyes and hearts of others. The […]

2015 Summer Preview Show : Over the Mountain Studio Tour

Friday, July 24, Opening Reception 5–7 pm, Saturday, July 25, 10–5 pm, Sunday, July 26, 9–3 pm, War Memorial Building, Shepherdstown, WV—Celebrate summer and handmade during the Over the Mountain Studio Tour’s annual Summer Preview Show in downtown Shepherdstown’s War Memorial Building, July 24–26. The 25- member tour invites you to kick off its 26th […]

Summertime Arts Soirée

This year the Old Opera House’s 9th Annual Summertime Arts Soirée is Friday and Saturday, July 31 and August 1. The two-day (fundraising) event kicks off with a gala opening on Friday evening that includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and live music by guitarist Andy Fox. Tickets for Friday evening are available through the Old Opera […]

Washington County Arts Council August Exhibit

“Natural Apparitions” by Kate Keely and “Creations in Wood” by Tom Harple will be the featured exhibits at the Washington County Arts Council during the month of August 2015. The exhibits open with a reception on Friday, July 31, 2015 from 5 to 7 pm and will run through August 25, 2015. Kathryn (Kate) Keely, […]

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