Wheeling’s September is proving to be full of lively entertainment, with ample opportunities to experience some quality art as well. Whether you’re catching some live jazz, rock, or folk music at one of the city’s eclectic venues while enjoying local food trucks, or viewing an introspective art installation by a local high school teacher, there’s plenty to experience in Wheeling before summer says its goodbye.
Check out what’s happening in Wheeling’s art scene this month:
“Join us from 6-8 p.m. Friday, September 9 in The Gallery at Towngate for the opening of “Lest We Forget,” an artistic reaction of the Holocaust, by Wheeling resident Russ Schultz.
The reception is free and open to the public.
In 2019 Wheeling Park High School art teacher Russ Schultz traveled to Poland to study the Holocaust with Classroom Without Borders. He walked some of the sites and heard the stories from survivors who suffered through the darkest days of humanity. In response to this experience, he created the exhibit “Lest We Forget,” which features more than 40 black-and-white pieces, along with accompanying artistic statements, that chronicle some of the events of the Holocaust.
The exhibit is on display through November 21. The Gallery at Towngate is open 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday and during all events.”
“Oglebay Institute’s Art & Ale craft beer events are must-attend social gatherings for craft beer enthusiasts in the Wheeling area. During the events, you can also view the art exhibit on display in the gallery and explore the elegant mansion. During warm weather, stroll through the sculpture gardens. You can purchase your favorite brews to take home, too. Most of all, unwind and have fun.
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Discover new beers. Socialize with friends. Explore one of Wheeling’s grand, historic properties and view interesting and thought-provoking art at OI’s popular craft beer events.”
Check out a variety of food trucks from the region at Oglebay’s Fall Food Truck Festival. More than 15 food trucks will be parked at Oglebay’s Levenson Shelter for you to explore. Listen to live music and drink tasty libations. Plus, enjoy face painting and a kids inflatable fun zone. Finish the day by grabbing a seat near Schenk Lake for an incredible fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m.
“If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo, you’ve caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and it’s likely you’ll come back for more.”
9/29 –WSO Opening Night Gala Celebration – The Capitol Theatre (7:30 p.m.)
WSO’s artistic mission will be fully embodied in our Opening Night Gala Celebration for the 2022-23 season. This special event and concert will boast seven living American creators: soloists Christylez Bacon and Yo-Yo Ma, and composers Caroline Shaw, Enrico Lopez-Yañez, John Williams, and Evan Meier. These artists and composers represent a variety of stories, ages, backgrounds, genders and perspectives— but they will come together on this night to celebrate “American Stories.”
Are you planning an art event in Wheeling? Send your event information to email@example.com to be included in next month’s Weelunk Art Roundup.
• Tucker Riggleman is a writer and musician currently living in Wheeling. When he’s not working his day job as the Digital Media Coordinator for Youth Services System, you might find him trout fishing or performing with his rock band Tucker Riggleman & The Cheap Dates. He is also a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist, a published poet, and an AmeriCorps alum.