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The Arts and Culture Abound!

West Virginia Travel Journal

 West Virginia has its own special rhythm - its own special sense of time and space.  So, it is not surprising that the arts not only live here among our majestic mountains but is vibrant with an energy that is at the core our creativity community. 

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Whatever the season, you will find an outstanding array of artistic presentations and expressions to see and enjoy. The arts reflect who we are as a people by documenting our history, words, actions, images and sounds. West Virginia is home to a number of outstanding cultural institutions.  No matter in which region of the state you live or decide to explore, you will find museums, theaters, performance halls and more. Many are housed in beautiful historic structures that present exciting local artistic and performance talent as well as national headliners to thrill and satisfy every interest.

The Huntington Museum of Art is a jewel of museum with a mountaintop location and an inviting conservatory that houses warm tropical and sub-tropical plants.  The museum’s Walter Gropius Master Artist Workshops are sought-after events. The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences with its ElectricSky Theater, planetarium, art galleries and two floors of science galleries is entertaining as well as educational. A visit to the West Virginia State Museum is a multi-layered experience.  From foot prints of the ancient Adena people at your feet to audio and visual details that frame the evolution of our state, learning history has never been more enjoyable and engaging. West Virginians have a rich cultural history which is celebrated in dozens of others smaller galleries and museums across the state as well.

From large-scale performance venues to small theater and dance companies, West Virginia moves to a creative beat. The West Virginia, Huntington and Wheeling Symphonies, play beautiful music to devoted followers. Other locations where great performance can be found include: the gilded Capitol Theatre in Wheeling and the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington; Cliffside Amphitheater in Beckley; and Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg to name a few. From Broadway shows, dance, lectures series, vocalists, classic movies and bands, our mountains are alive with the sounds and sights of art in motion.

If your preference is to hold, hang, use or wrap yourself in a piece of West Virginia art, then your choices will be as varied as your tastes.  Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia is home to artists that work in just about every medium.  From hand blown glass to woodwork; pottery to sculptures; jewelry to quilts, these juried artists exemplify the beauty and diversity of creative talent in our state. Other wonderful examples of creative energy can be found at place like the Wheeling Artisan Center, Blenko Glass in Milton, Ron Hinkle Glass in Buckhannon or the many fine locally-owned clothing, jewelry and craft stores in places such as Shepherdstown or Lewisburg.

Finding that unique piece of West Virginia is easier than you think.  For more information, visit wvtourism.com