Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex will open a new exhibit, Paintings by Hilda, on Sunday, May 4, in the Delf Norona Museum in Moundsville. An opening reception to celebrate the exhibit will be held that afternoon from 2 - 4 p.m. The show will remain on display through June 15. The exhibit and reception are free and the public is invited to attend.
The artwork in the exhibition is by Hilda Steen of Middlebourne, W.Va., whose interest in art began in high school. After graduation, Steen took several correspondence art courses and then enrolled in the School of Fine and Industrial Arts in Newark, N.J. She later studied at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, The Orange Shop in Kissimmee, Fla. and also studied at the Townhouse Gallery in Sistersville, W.Va., under the supervision of local artist Jodi Boyd.
Steen has lived and traveled through most of the United States, having been in all but 10 states. She also has visited Mexico and Canada. She says, “My travels have shaped not only my character, but also my art.” Steen especially enjoys working in oils and pastels. She has painted several still life paintings, portraits and animals, but her favorite pieces are her landscapes.
Steen’s art can be found in many private collections from Oregon to Devon, England. She has exhibited her work in shows throughout Florida, New Jersey and West Virginia, getting most of her exposure through the Townhouse Gallery.
For more information about the exhibit, Paintings by Hilda, contact Andrea Keller, cultural program coordinator for Grave Creek Mound, at (304) 843-4128, ext. 202, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeology Complex features one of the largest and most famous burial mounds built by the prehistoric Adena people. A massive undertaking, construction of the mound took place in successive stages from about 250-150 B.C., and required the movement of more than 60,000 tons of earth. Exhibits and displays in the complex’s museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The Archaeology Complex is located at 801 Jefferson Ave., in Moundsville. Contact the museum for information regarding admission fees, group registration and detailed driving directions. The museum is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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