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Civil War Art Exhibit Opening

Echoes of the Past: The Civil War 150 Years Later

         The Randolph County Community Arts Center will host Echoes of the Past: The Civil War 150 Years Later, an exhibit commemorating the First Campaign of the Civil War. The exhibit will open on June 22, 2011 at 5 p.m. with a reception for exhibiting artists and the public and will run daily through August 17. Exhibit hours are Monday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

        The exhibit will be held in conjunction with the statewide activities commemorating the First Campaign of the Civil War. In 1861, before First Manassas, General McClellan brought almost 20,000 troops (mostly from Ohio and Indiana) into Virginia to try to protect the B&O railroad and the mountain passes that connected the Ohio River with the Shenandoah Valley. The first land battles of the Civil War were fought in this area between June 3 and July 14. All of these engagements took place within 30 miles of present-day Elkins. The Union victories secured western Virginia for the Union, led to McClellan’s promotion to commander of all Union forces and to statehood for West Virginia two years later.

        The exhibit will include original two and three-dimensional works, as well as a limited number of giclée and limited edition lithograph prints, by contemporary artists whose primary focus is the Civil War. Exhibiting artists will include Gary Casteel, Mark Churms, Dale Gallon, Mort Künstler, James Muir, Rick Reeves, Keith Rocco, Bradley Schmehl, John Paul Strain and Don Troiani. According to Beth King, RCCAC Executive Director,  “Doreen Hall, RCCAC Board President and Exhibit Committee Chariperson, has invested the bulk of her winter curating this exhibit and visiting with artists. The selection of artists and works that she has pulled together is truly remarkable.” The original artwork as well as limited edition prints, giclée prints, miniatures and note cards from a number of the exhibiting artists will also be available for purchase.

        Funding for the exhibit is provided by the Randolph County Community Arts Center as well as the Randolph County Commission, the City of Elkins, West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, Marjorie Wolfe, June Myles, John C. Allen, Jr., Charles Lilly / Red Bone Mining Company, Don and Doreen Hall, Dr. and Mrs. Victor Thacker, John and Joyce Allen, and, Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Wamsley.

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