Art gallery will be a big draw

In recent years, many organizations have been looking for new ways to not only showcase the businesses, activities and talents of our area for our own local residents, but also utilize them to attract visitors to the Northern Panhandle.

The latest such attempt for our region will be unveiled Thursday with the official opening of the new Summit Gallery, said to be the region’s first community arts gallery, and put together through the combined efforts of the Hancock County Arts Council and the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

A reception celebrating the gallery’s opening, as well as its inaugural four featured artists, will be held at the CVB offices, 3393 Main St., Weirton, and we hope to see a large crowd in attendance.

Our area has a great deal of artistic ability, and it is a good thing we will have a centralized location to see it.

The first exhibit will feature the works of Mary Ann Reese of Weirton; Greg Starr of Follansbee; Diana Holcombe of Smithfield; and Deb Strunk of Follansbee. Exhibits will change each quarter.

If you can’t make it to the reception, there will be plenty of opportunities to see some of our region’s artistic ability on display, as the Summit Gallery will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

We encourage our area residents to take some time, either on Thursday, or whenever you might have some time available, to visit the new Summit Gallery and see some of the talent the Tri-State Area has to offer.

Who knows? Perhaps you will even find some inspiration to tap into your own artistic abilities.