CROSSCURRENTS OPENS

Oglebay Institute’s annual Crosscurrents exhibition will take place again this year at its Stifel Fine Arts Center. While no opening night reception will be held because of the COVID-19 crisis, the gallery will be open, and the public can view the artwork in person. Crosscurrents will be on display from Thursday, June 25, through Saturday, Aug. 22. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Patrons must practice social distancing, and wearing a mask is strongly encouraged when visiting the gallery. Admission is free. Now in its 41styear, the multi-media exhibition is a staple of the Stifel Fine Arts Center’s season of changing art exhibitions and showcases outstanding artwork from artists in the tri-state area and beyond. Nearly 200 pieces by 68 artists were submitted for entry into Crosscurrents 2020. The juror selected 94 pieces for the exhibition and awarded prizes. The awards ceremony traditionally coincides with the opening reception. This year, the event will take place virtually and will be broadcast at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, June 25, on the Oglebay Institute Facebook page. Works will be available online once the store is up and running.

  • Gerald Van Scyoc art
    Gerald Van Scyoc - "Master of Return"

THE ART OF THE TROUBADOUR

The Troubadour will present his Sunday Concert Series earlier than usual, performing on Facebook Live from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, June 28. Rather than coming from his Triadelphia home, he’s sharing his performance at an opening reception at the Theatre Gallery at Towngate Theatre. The exhibit, titled “Ways Of Seeing, Ways Of Speaking,” includes work by Clare McDonald and Erin Mellott. R.J. Gaudio — Troubador — will perform on the O’Leary Stage upstairs, and the concert will be seen and heard by gallery visitors on closed-circuit television downstairs at the same time that home viewers will see it on Facebook Live. The concert will serve as a fundraiser for Towngate Theatre, a non-profit gem in the Upper Ohio Valley arts community. Stay tuned to Gaudio’s Facebook page for details on how to donate directly to the Towngate Theatre. Visit the gallery reception on Sunday afternoon or to pay a virtual visit on Facebook Live!

CURB(SIDE) YOUR APPETITE

The 24th annual Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center Spaghetti Dinner is set for noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 28. But this year, dinners will be delivered to your car. Funds raised support the vital programs and services provided by the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center on 18th Street in Wheeling. Please place your order online in advance to make sure you don’t miss out! Tickets are $8 each.

spaghetti dinner

SEEKING JUSTICE

Join the Seeking Justice Scavenger Hunt individually or as a team from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 27. The Seeking Justice Scavenger Hunt, hosted by YWCA Wheeling, will highlight resources for crime victims, locations and history of local service agencies that assist victims by ensuring their rights, help them seek justice and inspire hope. Each clue will take participants on a tour of downtown to complete photo or video challenges, find the password/answer challenges or check-in to locations with geo-location while discovering organizations and how they assist victims. Register here to complete the scavenger hunt online. Clue books will be available at the YWCA Wheeling the day before and at the start of the event. All participants will receive a tote bag filled with awareness items and a T-shirt. Bags can be picked up during the event at the YWCA Wheeling, 1100 Chapline St., Wheeling.

COVID CREATIONS

Chipmunk

Janet Sheehan’s watercolor titled “Chipmunk”

During the month of July, Artworks Around Town will showcase creations that members made during the recent coronavirus quarantine. Betsy Cox, curator of the Studio Gallery, will hang a variety of works, some inspired by the virus and its effects on the artist and some done just because the artist had extra time to paint. The exhibit will include a variety of subjects from a masked pug to colorful scenes inspired by visitors to a summer garden. The Student Exhibit will continue showing the works of Bobbi Priebe’s high school students from St. John Central Academy. Because of the state-mandated restrictions on crowd sizes and social distancing requirements, Artworks will not have an opening reception in July. Artworks is open from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every day except Sunday, and the public is welcome to browse both of these exhibits and see other new works throughout the gallery. Members have been knitting, painting, photographing, weaving, carving, and making pottery and jewelry for two months in preparation for return to the “open for business” status. Beginning in July, Sandy Hadsell’s Open Studio will resume on Fridays. Artists gather from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., bring their own materials, share the space to create and exchange ideas.  Participants are asked to make a donation of $5 that goes to the ongoing programs at Artworks. Call 302-233-7540 for information on this and other workshops. Artworks is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market.

BISTRO BACK IN BUSINESS

Back by popular demand, Oglebay’s Garden Bistro has reopened for the summer season. Grab a seat on the Bistro’s patio and take in panoramic views of Oglebay Park while enjoying a delicious farm-to-table dining experience. Indoor and outdoor seating is available daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

PEOPLE’S U LIVESTREAM HEADS TO JAPAN

At this week’s installment of People’s University: Around the World in Literature & Language, instructor Dr. Joe Laker will discuss Endo Shusaku’s novel “Silence,” from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 25. Endo was Japan’s best-known Japanese Catholic novelist. This historical novel, set in early 17th century Japan, is a grim, but wonderful and thought-provoking read. Following Laker’s graduation from Marian College with a degree in history, he spent two years teaching English conversation in Kyoto, Japan. He spent 33 years at Wheeling Jesuit University and has written a number of articles on various aspects of Japanese and world history.

NEXT STOP — SERBIA

From 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, the People’s University reading series will take online students to Serbia. Instructor Dr. John Cox, formerly a history professor at Wheeling Jesuit University, will discuss the novels of Biljana Jovanović.

Jovanović (1953–96) was a Serbian intellectual who published poetry, three novels, four plays and a number of nonfiction pieces, mostly connected to her time in the anti-Miloševic opposition of the 1990s. She was known for her feminist and anti-war work with human rights groups and a “flying” (underground) university. Cox is a professor of history and department head at North Dakota State University. His translations include five volumes of works by Danilo Kiš; short fiction by Ismail Kadare, Ivo Andric and Meša Selimovic; and nonfiction by Joseph Roth and Stefan Heym.

Jovanovic

LUNCH WITH MUSIC AND POETRY

Lunch With Books Livestream, hosted by the Ohio County Public Library, will feature the Zaffiro Trio along with poetry at noon on Tuesday, June 30. The Zaffiro Trio met with the University of Pittsburgh Poetry Forum students in November of 2019, at which time the students listened to several music works, then wrote poems inspired by what they heard. The poetry pieces will be read before the music is played during Lunch With Books.

Zaffiro Trio

The Zaffiro Trio

PLAYTIME RETURNS

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s PlayTime series returns on Thursday, June 25, with TJ Parker-Young’s Lyon’s Den, an affecting drama about a Black family who moves to a new neighborhood in hopes of putting a tragedy behind them. Ardelle, the mother, looks for solace in her Baptist Bible study group while her husband does his best to comfort their teenage daughter, despite his own struggles. Front and center is their son, Q, a poet who secretly transforms his family’s experiences into dynamic poetry and powerful verse. When Daniel, a young man from the Home Owner’s Association, pays the Lyons a visit, Q thinks he may have found a new way forward, if only he can let go of the past. Lyon’s Den, which received the 2018 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Award for Distinguished Play, can be seen in its entirety at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m.

AT THE FRICK

While Summer Fridays at the Frick can’t be enjoyed live, it can be seen virtually, at 7 p.m. on select Fridays through the summer. The Frick has partnered with City of Asylum’s The Show Must Go On(line) to bring performances recorded on the museum’s beautiful campus into homes everywhere. Barrels to Beethoven Ensemble will be featured at 7 p.m. on June 26. The ensemble is dedicated to preserving the steelpan through educational programs and interactive activities. The organization was founded by Leigh Solomon Pugliano, daughter of steelpan builder, tuner and player Phil Solomon, to honor her father’s contribution to the instrument and continue his work. The organization teaches both playing and building technique, as well as the history of the Afro-Caribbean people who invented and perfected the instrument. Ten years ago, the City of Pittsburgh proclaimed June 26 as Phil Solomon Day, in honor of Solomon’s impact and dedication to the steelpan and steelpan education.

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