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Wheeling Arts Festival Celebrates West Virginia's 150th Birthday

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WHEELING, W.Va -

The weeklong sesquicentennial celebrations are not over yet, they continue in Wheeling with Art.  Susan Hogan of the Wheeling Arts Commission says the Wheeling Arts Festival is a nod to the state's 150th birthday this year. 

"This year is the culmination of the sesquicentennial," she says. "We have had such a celebration of our state and of Wheeling, so this was just natural, so much so that we are going to keep this date every year now."

The festival showcased the work of local artists with everything from jewelry, to paintings, prints, pottery and music. Many artists, used the sesquicentennial as inspiration, in embroidery work, framed art, and shirts.

Mitch Collective is a new arts non-profit in Martins Ferry. They used a steam roller to make 3 foot prints of drawings made by 20 different groups.

Mayor Andy McKenzie also took the stage presenting the Harshman Distinguished Arts award, posthumously, to Beverly Flooty, a local historic preservationist. Her daughter accepted the award on her behalf.

"My mother would be so humbled to receive this award," she says. "I do know she would be absolutely delighted to see the people of Wheeling and our entire state of West Virginia going to celebrate 150 years."

Another powerful reading today of Mark Harshman's original poem written for West Virginia's birthday silenced the crowd before drawing huge applause.

"West Virginia, you are my home, our home, forever may you sing, and forever may you shine!"