Haunted state pen
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Author and columnist Sherri Brake will present "The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary" at 6 p.m. May 9 in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center. The program is free and open to the public.
Built in 1866, the penitentiary in Moundsville was home to thousands of inmates who helped secure the institution's rank as one of the most violent prisons in America. With in its walls, the 998 murders and suicides, 86 hangings and nine electrocutions provided a recipe for possible ghostly activity, says Brake.
The West Virginia Penitentiary closed in 1995, but day tours and overnight ghost-hunts continue to bring in visitors.
Brake's presentation will use historical and current photographs sprinkled with spooky paranormal images captured by paranormal investigators. She is the author of four books on haunted history.
Advance registration is encouraged, but not required, by emailing Bobby.L.Tay...@wv.gov or calling 304-558-0230, ext. 163. Those emailing should include their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Painted Palette Fine Art Studio, 824 10th St., Huntington, is offering introduction and intermediate classes in oil and acrylic painting from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays.
Intermediate and advanced classes in classical oil painting techniques will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. Contact Painted Palette at 304-416-2081.
Schaul show closes Friday
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ellie Schaul's "New Work" continues at The Art Store through May 10. Schaul's work uses a combination of color, texture and unusual perspectives in depicting deceptively familiar interior subjects, allowing viewers to discover a sense of place.
The Art Store, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1013 Bridge Road, Charleston; www.theartstorewv.com or 304-345-1038.
Red Caboose open house
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Red Caboose Regional Artisan Center and Gift Shop will present "Pictures Perfect and Color More" from 1 to 4 p.m. May 9 at Heritage Station.
This event will feature local artists and photographers of The Red Caboose displaying their works of art. Wine and cheese will be provided by Bottle & Wedge from 3 to 4 p.m. and River and Rail Bakery will provide cookies.
Featured photographers and artists include Michael Rosenberg, Dr. Maury Mufson, Linda Clifford, Laura Moul, Libby Verner, Lilliane Bowersock, Debra Richardson and Laura Shanholtzer.
The Red Caboose Regional Artisan Center is owned and operated by the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau. Call 304-525-7333, or visit www.wvvisit.org.
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