Amazing Raise 2015 – May 5 for 24 Hours!!

April 23, 2015 at 7:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ArtsLink is participating in The Amazing Raise Ohio Valley, an exciting, online giving event that will empower the people of the Ohio Valley to come together and raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in just 24 hours. Communities across America will be participating in this day of giving.

The event begins at midnight on May 5 and ends at 11:59 p.m. During these hours, all dollars raised through the Community Foundation’s giving website, GiveOV – ArtsLink will be amplified through matching funds from a pool of local and national funds. “Our goal for The Amazing Raise Ohio Valley is to reach new donors and show them how important it is to give to local causes. We want to use this opportunity to build a new generation of philanthropists for our community,” said Susie Nelson, CFOV Executive Director. I hope word of the event will spread through social media and people across the country will be moved to donate to ArtsLink, the arts council of Wetzel and Tyler counties.

A Donation Station with internet access will also be available at The Supply Closet at 301 N. Main Street in downtown New Martinsville.

To learn more, please visit the foundation online at www.cfov.org.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to call me at 304-455-2278. If you’re uneasy about donating on-line with a credit card, call me for other options. Mark your calendar for May 5!!

2014-15 Concert Series Kicks Off!

September 8, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s that time already – our 2014-15 Concert Series kicks off Thursday night! We’ve got a performance by The Montclaire String Quartet on Thursday, September 11 at 7:30 pm. The concert will be held at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church at 453 Maple Avenue in New Martinsville. The group is the Quartet-in-Residence of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing its own four-concert series in Charleston and recitals around the state, each of the Quartet members serves as the principal of the Symphony’s string sections. Tickets range in price from $5 to $25 and are available at the door. This event is sponsored by Libby Dean, in honor of Pat Block.
Funding for this ArtsLink program is made possible with financial assistance from West Virginia Northern Community College, WETZ/WYMJ/WNRJ Radio, Ohio Valley Online, and the Wells Inn. Grant funding from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts. ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact us at 304-455-2278 to request assistance.
It should be a great concert – the program consists of works by Giacomo Puccini, Frank Bridge, and Robert Schumann (a personal favorite!).
For more information, give ma a buzz at 304-455-2278, or e-mail at artslink@artslinkwv.org.Montclaire 2
See you Thursday!

ArtsLink and The Amazing Raise Ohio Valley

April 21, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ArtsLink is participating in The Amazing Raise Ohio Valley, an exciting, online giving event that will empower the people of the Ohio Valley to come together and raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in just 24 hours. The event is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the community foundation movement and communities across America will be participating in this day of giving. Our local community foundation is the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV), located in Wheeling.

The event begins at midnight on May 6 and ends at 11:59 p.m. During these hours, all dollars raised through the Community Foundation’s giving website, http://www.giveov.org, will be amplified through matching funds from a national pool. The Community Foundation has committed $20,000 for a pool of incentive dollars and hopes to raise more through community partnerships by May 6. “Our goal for The Amazing Raise Ohio Valley is to reach new donors and show them how important it is to give to local causes. We want to use this opportunity to build a new generation of philanthropists for our community,” said Susie Nelson, CFOV Executive Director. I hope word of the event will spread through social media and people across the country will be moved to donate to ArtsLink, the arts council of Wetzel and Tyler counties.

To learn more about the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, please visit their website at www.cfov.org.

There’s a video contest associated with this activity, as well. You can check out and vote for our video at www.facebook.com/communityfoundationohiovalley and click on the Amazing Raise Video Contest link, or www.woobox.com/fssbw6 (for your smartphone!). Our video is the one with Larry Tackett’s friendly face – a distinguished white-haired man. You can vote as many times as you have IP addresses. For example, I can vote at home using my phone as I don’t have wi-fi – it’s a different address than my Suddenlink internet. And, I can vote here at the office and at the radio station. Don’t forget to vote every day!

If you have any questions or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to call me at 304-455-2278. If you’re uneasy about donating on-line with a credit card, call me for other options.

Mark your calendar for May 6!!

February 5, 2014 at 6:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We’ve got a FABULOUS group lined up for our Annual Valentine’s Concert and Dessert Smorgasbord – Grammy Winning Duo Helen & Terry Jones with a talented band and backup singers. Check them out at http://www.helenandterry.com. On Saturday, February 15 at 7:30 at the Lewis Wetzel Family Center (pre-performance lecture at 6:30), with desserts and festive art by local students. The event is sponsored by Mensore Distributing and organized by Fawn Price. Reservations are suggested, but everyone’s welcome at the door! Ticket prices for ArtsLink members are $10 for individuals or $20 for a family. Without an ArtsLink membership, tickets are $15 for individuals or $25 for families. Student tickets are $5. And, you can join ArtsLink, if you’re not already a member. Call me for more information at 304-455-2278.Image

The Seldom Scene is coming!

May 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ImageTempus fugit. I learned that terms years ago on a show by that name on the grand old Radio WETZ, The Valley Station! Anybody else remember that? It means ‘time flees’. I’ve been kept busy with grant business and fundraising for our upcoming Seldom Scene concert. We’ve got lots of local businesses on board, and more are welcome! The concert is on Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 at the Lincoln Theater. The concert is in honor of Norbert Ebert and the Ebert Brothers Show. These country variety shows just finished their FORTY-FIFTH year!! Wow, that’s pretty amazing. The shows were started to support the continuing existance of the Lincoln Theater; that, in itself, is noteworthy. But, that they’ve been encouraging and supporting local talent for this many years is just phenomenal. Speaking of phenomenal, our group, the Seldom Scene, is a very well-known bluegrass group. Their latest CD, Scenechronized, was nominated for a Grammy award and they’ve played at the White House in Washington. As most of you know, I’m a big fan of Gino Vannelli, and even I have listened to this CD, and, yes, enjoyed it! Also performing will be local groups the Battle Weary Band and the Tharp Brothers. Carman Harman will be our emcee and Patches the Clown may be stopping by to join in the fun. I mentioned grants earlier. This is our first time to participate in an American Masterpieces tour and I’m excited to tell you that:

The Seldom Scene is funded through the American Masterpieces program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact us at 304-455-2278 to request assistance. Grant contracts require this kinda stuff…..

Tickets are $13 in advance and are available right now at Witschey’s in New Martinsville. They’ll be $15 at the door. So, I hope to see you all there – call me with questions!

Where have I been?!

April 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Geez-o-Pete, where have I been? Needless to say, ArtsLink has been VERY busy! We’ve got our 12-13 Concert Series under our belts and the major grants are out of the way.
We’ve got a VERY exciting concert coming up on Saturday, June 15 at the Lincoln Theater at 7:30. It’s The Seldom Scene, a really famous Grammy-nominated bluegrass band. They’ve played at the White House numerous times. Not the old restaurant on Route 2, the big house on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. Also on stage will be The Battle Weary Band and the Tharp Brothers. This concert is in honor of Norbert Ebert and the Ebert Brothers Show. We’ve just go to celebrate their FORTY-FIVE YEARS of providing us with local and regional country and western acts. Keep your eye on the media and (hopefully!) this space for ticket information.
Exhibits chair Miranda Stokes is hard at work organizing our First Sunday exhibit for May. We’ll keep you posted!
As always, if you have questions about ArtsLink or our activities, please give me a buzz at the office at 304-455-2278. I’m usually there in the morning until about 11.

Go Green with ArtsLink!

March 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Go Green with ArtsLink’s 10thAnniversary by donating a little green to us. Be a part of our Annual Donation Drive!!

While we have not raised our admission or membership prices since our inception in 2001, artist fees continue to rise. In the upcoming 2012-13 concert series season, they range from $2,200 to $6,000. In addition, we’re planning a major fundraising concert featuring a renowned bluegrass band. We have applied for grant funding, but that will only cover 50% of the artist’s fee.

 Any amount you can donate would be greatly appreciated. We will certainly acknowledge your contribution in a mutually benficial way. Please send your check to ArtsLink at 141 Main Street, New Martinsville, WV  26155.

Speaking of our concert series, the 11-12 season is in the books. We had a great slate of performers and some fabulous shows. If you missed ’em, well, you missed A LOT! The line-up for 12-13 is even more amazing and we’ll be announcing that soon. Some of you may not realize that there’s an educational component to our concert events. Most of them take place in local schools. There’s no charge for the students to participate in workshops or master classes and a nominal fee of $1 for school performances. The money you pay for admissions (never been raised since 2001!) helps to pay the artists for these activities.

Please don’t hesitate to call me at 304-455-2278 if you have any questions at all!!

Grant Season – Part Deux

February 10, 2012 at 12:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

There IS a light at the end of the tunnel! I may be able to get my 5 PennPAT grants in the mail on Saturday. I couldn’t have done it without a LOT of help. Ralph Strippel and Pat Block did my proofreading. I also thank the PennPAT artists who gave me a lot of great words and a boatload of encouragement. My bud, Barbara Vincent, was always there with moral support.  We still have lots of finger-crossing to do!

Next challenge – ArtsCONNECT…

It’s Grant Season!

February 8, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is the time of year when I really earn my keep. It’s grant-writing time! I learned this valuable art from Pat Block and Libby Dean. We’d get together at Pat’s house and knock out a grant in a morning. Those days are long gone! The grant for the WV Commission on the Arts, where we get the majority of our grant funding, is nearing 100 pages. I’ve sent it off for review – there may be more pages necessary. We also get a lot of funding from the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, or PennPAT. They will fund performances by artists on their roster. We’ve got FIVE PennPAT artists on tap for the 12-13 Concert Series. You’ll be very excited when you see who they are! I’m also trying to organize an ArtsCONNECT grant. We’ve never received one, but there’s a first time for everything. We have to have at least three presenters from at least two different states. I’ve got nibbles from New York and Virginia – so keep your fingers crossed! We also have a grant application to the Stealey Community Fund and the Ohio River Border Initiative, and I’ll be writing one to the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley.

Wish us luck!!

Busy August!

August 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Where has the summer gone?! ArtsLink has SO much going on, I’m not sure where to start!

We’ve got “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” children’s theater on Thursday, August 4, thru Saturday, August 6 at 7:00 and Sunday, August 7 at 3:00, at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville. Tickets for each performance are available now at Occasions, 310 Main Street in New Martinsville, or at the door. Reserved seats are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12 while General Admission tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12.We can’t do this without a boatload of help from the community.  Refreshments for “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” have been graciously donated by: Country Roads Ford (Thursday, August 4), Off The Wall (Friday, August 5), Barista’s (Saturday, August 6) and I & D Catering (Sunday, August 6). This children’s theater production is sponsored locally by Hughes Electric and Hizer Mini-Storage. Funding for this program is made possible with financial assistance from  The City of New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Commission, West Virginia Northern Community College, W E T Z / W Y M J Radio, Ohio Valley Online, Witschey’s Supermarket, Ohio Valley Screenprinting, and J. C. Mensore Distributor, Inc. Of course, our director/designer, Bart Cannizzaro deserves the lion’s share of the credit. The cast parents & grandparents have been a HUGE help. And our Alice, Haley Hizer, is just perfect in the role. Y’all DON”T want to miss this!

The August Coffeehouse Series starts on August 4 at the Francis Center on the lawn. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a great night by local singers. Ryan Ritchea will do half and Todd Heslep will do half. Both young men have performed frequently around the area. The Series continues with Johnny Joe Mensore on 8/11 at the Lincoln Theater, then back to the Francis Center on 8/18 with Blues & Barbeque with Robbie Parsons, and concludes on 8/25 with Dan Henthorn’s band featuring the tunes of Frank Sinatra – “Forever Frank”, then the historical stylings of the Battle Weary Band. Dan’s the chair for the Series this year and has a bang-up line-up, I think! The 3 events on the lawn will be held, rain or shine, so bring your lawn chair and sit back & enjoy!

Finally, our August exhibit on Sunday 8/7,  features a return engagement by Jacob Bucy. Gosh, this guy’s got some talent. His work is modern and includes a variety of media. It’s also free and light refreshements will be provided.

That’s it – give me a buzz here at the office at 304-455-2278 if you need more information!!

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