Art & Culture

Commentary: Rebirth of a Nation -- The Klan’s Long Shadow Falls in Charlottesville

Aug 14, 2017
A makeshift memorial of flowers and a photo of victim, Heather Heyer, sits in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.
Steve Helber / Associated Press

Hours after white supremacists' violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protestors killing one woman and leaving scores hospitalized, President Trump read a strategically vague, equivocal statement from his private golf club in New Jersey.

Catholic News Agency

A Roman Catholic diocese has closed two Catholic schools in a West Virginia county this year, citing low enrollment.

Local news outlets report the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston announced Thursday that All Saints Catholic School in Moundsville will not reopen for the 2017-2018 school year. The announcement follows the closure of Bishop Donahue High School.

Isabella Scafidi

As a young man Steve Scafidi hungered "for something like magnificence." Or so he explained when asked by Marc Harshman how he came to writing poetry. 

"I found it reading aloud some Walt Whitman one evening and I never quit," Scafidi said in conversation with Harshman. "I remember thinking to myself, 'my life is changing here but don't make a big deal out of this -- just follow the thread of it.' And I did."

Scafidi is a cabinet maker in the Eastern Panhandle. He encourages aspiring writers to do more than write, so that metaphors may be discovered and writing enriched with life.

He was a featured poet in the Wheeling Poetry Series. He spoke with Harshman and delivered some of his published poems. 

Emily Hilliard/ WV Folklife Program

Along Davis Creek, in Loudendale, WV, outside of Charleston, there’s a long green building on the side of the road with the words “Charleston Broom and Mop Co.” painted on the side. That building is the workshop of James Shaffer, who at age 87, is the last hand-made commercial broom maker in the state. He first learned the trade in 1946, meaning he’s been making brooms for 70 years.

Marc Harshman, poet laureate of West Virginia has just seen his second full length collection of poetry published by the Vandalia Press at West Virginia University called Believe What You Can

WVU

Hundreds of digital photographs from former Sen. Jay Rockefeller's archives have been released.

The 1,500 photos are available at the website of West Virginia University Libraries' West Virginia & Regional History Center. The photos document moments from Rockefeller's 30 years in the U.S. Senate, beginning with his first swearing-in ceremony in 1985.

A sculpture of John Henry by S.L. Jones at the Art Museum of West Virginia University.
Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

When you think of classic fine art, works by Picasso, Monet and Dali may spring to mind. Art from Appalachia doesn’t tend to feature much in the mind’s eye. But that might change if you visit the Art Museum of West Virginia University.

More than 100 works from 25 Appalachian artists are on display at the museum. The exhibit was decades in the making and spans everything from sculpture to paintings and baskets.

On this week's episode, we’ll hear from a midwife who started delivering babies in the early 1970's. We find out what it’s like to deliver a baby at home. And we speak with one doctor about why she opposes home birth. We also visit a famous hippie commune in Appalachia that's said to be the birthplace of modern midwifery.


West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, reporter Anne Li visits one of the towns devastated by last month’s flood to find out how many residents there had flood insurance and host Beth Vorhees talks with the Executive Director of the Tamarack Foundation about a recent study of the state’s artisan community. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

ArtVoiceWV is a new collection of artist videos and corresponding art lesson plans on West Virginia LearningMedia.  After receiving positive reviews of our In the Making Collection, a similar project which

May 20, 1922: Artist Della Brown Taylor Hardman Born in Charleston

May 20, 2016
Dr. Della Brown Taylor Hardman
e-WV Encyclopedia

Artist Della Brown Taylor Hardman was born in Charleston on May 20, 1922. After graduating from Charleston’s segregated Garnet High School, she attended West Virginia State College (now University) at Institute and Boston University. For 30 years, she was an art professor at West Virginia State.

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

One Big Family was written for very young readers over two decades ago, but didn't find it's way to print until this year. West Virginia poet laureate Marc Harshman's book celebrates family togetherness by describing a classic summer family reunion.

On West Virginia Morning a southern West Virginia businessman who moved to Pennsylvania to take advantage of the natural gas drilling boom is closing his clothing store because the boom is now a bust.  Also, Glynis Board reports from the Ohio Valley Hip Hop Awards.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Telling West Virginia's story.

Kate Long

West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman delivers the poetry of his predecessor in this Poetry Break. Irene McKinney was a remarkable woman, greatly admired as a poet and teacher, " Harshman said. "She was the kind of poet who could accomplish in a few seconds that deep trust with her readers that compel them to follow her words."