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Raising the Roof Art Auction Take Home a Piece of Wheeling History | News, Sports, Jobs

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Raising the Roof Art Auction Take Home a Piece of Wheeling History | News, Sports, Jobs
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Raising the Roof Art Auction Take Home a Piece of Wheeling History | News, Sports, Jobs

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Pictured are Lisa Rasmussen, Oglebay Institute curator of exhibitions, left, and Micah Underwood, Oglebay Institute’s director of improvement, right. They are keeping “Cherry Pie 1 & 2,” an acrylic piece by Jeri DeLong. Auction products in the history, left to proper, are “Station Square #4,” acrylic by David Sparks “Terracotta Potted Bouquets,” acrylic by David Bartsch “Pig Stifel,” print on tile by Jenna Environmentally friendly “Mandala,” acrylic Ink, colored pencil by Sara Golden and “Lipless,” clay and acrylic paint, Mecca Collins.

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WHEELING — The Increasing the Roof Art Auction May well 7 at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Good Arts Center presents attendees a likelihood to choose residence a piece of Wheeling historical past.

Extra than 50 artists, equally working professionals and rising artists from the tri-state region, have designed artwork applying primary ceramic roof tiles from the restoration of the iconic 110-yr-outdated Edemar Mansion.

A Neoclassical Revival Type mansion together National Highway in Wheeling, Edemar was constructed in 1912 as the private residence of Edward W. Stifel Sr. and his spouse, Emily Pollock Stifel. It was named for their three small children — Edward, Emily and Mary. Stifel was president and chairman of J. L. Stifel & Sons, a textile manufacturing firm regarded for good quality, indigo-dyed cotton calicoes. In its peak many years, the Stifel calico functions generated 3.5 million yards of cloth for every thirty day period.

In 1976, the Stifel relatives donated Edemar to the non-revenue Oglebay Institute for use as a community art center. Now recognized as the Stifel Wonderful Arts Middle, the making residences galleries, school rooms and overall performance area, and serves as a accumulating position for artists, rising artists, artwork lovers, students, educators and families.

More than a century right after it was completed, the historic composition stays seem. Constructed of steel-bolstered concrete, it was created to stand the take a look at of time. Nonetheless, despite routine treatment and routine maintenance, roof replacement is now vital to protect the historic making as a place for the group to produce and connect for generations to occur.

Construction of a new, watertight, terra cotta tile roof is underway and expected to conclude this summer months.

The Increasing the Roof Artwork Auction will support fund the Stifel restoration undertaking as well as aid participating artists, who will receive fifty % of the proceeds from get the job done sold.

“Supporting artists is a central section of OI’s mission,” mentioned Oglebay Institute improvement director Micah Underwood. “We do this in a selection of approaches, together with exhibition and understanding opportunities, as nicely as venues for promoting their operate. For this fundraiser, we questioned artists to dedicate time and elements to creating a particular work. We felt it was important to share the proceeds for the reason that we could not have performed this occasion without the need of their contributions.”

The artists’ response has been enthusiastic.

“For our community artists, the Stifel is an critical section of the innovative local community so there’s a organic interest in making perform for this celebration,” Underwood mentioned. “For artists outside the house the space, the ‘canvas’ of the roof tile presented a exceptional obstacle.”

The variety of artists, media, subjects and variations will you should a wide selection of preferences amid seasoned and beginner collectors, Underwood observed.

“Their get the job done consists of acrylic, oil, and watercolor portray, metalwork, sculpture, images, printmaking, and pastel,” she mentioned. “Their pieces, which might be a person or much more tiles, are figural and abstract and involve these kinds of topics as florals, koi and Boots, the pig sculpture in the Stifel backyard. Numerous of the tiles depict animals and landscapes. One particular piece is a purposeful fountain incorporating many tiles.”

Performs will be for sale by way of silent and dwell auctions and individuals can position bids in person or on the net by way of the auction site. On the web bidding for the silent auction opens Sunday, May well 1, at auctria.functions/OIRaisingtheRoof. Chosen products will be bought in the stay auction from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, May well 7.

Admission to the on-web-site auction is $15 and consists of hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Tickets can be obtained at www.oionline.com or by contacting 304-242-4200.

“This function is a celebration of our artists and a spot in which so lots of of them explore and share their creativeness. It is an opportunity to add a exceptional piece of artwork to a selection and to aid artists and OI,” Underwood claimed. “Because individuals can guidance the auction from anywhere, it also embodies a central concept of OI — what we do does not only occur less than our roofs. It occurs where ever people today have an enthusiasm for artwork.”

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