Lewisburg's literary art
LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- As part of the Lewisburg Literary Festival on Aug. 3 and 4, the public is invited to stroll through downtown and discover several creative art and literature installations.
In the City Greenspace, there'll be a Yarn Bombing, which is a 3-D canvas, from knitted tree trunks to a knitted statue, from a knitted bicycle to the knitted fence, while reading the accompanying short story by local author Belinda Anderson.
In City Hall, the Literary Laundry Room contains an uncharacteristic photo exhibit that invites the public to become the authors. The room is filled with 8-by-10 photos hung on clotheslines to view. If viewers are inspired by a photograph, they are encouraged to write a short story or poem about the image on the spot. The story will be attached to the photograph with clothespins for others to read.
"Wally, The Wall Walker," created by local sculptor Mark Blumenstein, will show up throughout downtown. Greg Johnson has written a story about where Wally is from and how he found his way to Lewisburg.
Charleston artist Mark Tobin Moore has mixed-media installation in the Greenbrier Valley Visitors Bureau. The story, displayed next to the art piece, tells about the "Navigator" pictured and the elements surrounding his image.
Standing guard on Washington Street will be a 7-foot-tall pirate skeleton. Josh Baldwin tells how the pirate, after years on the sea with his comrades, finds himself alone.
A film short produced by local filmmaker Russell Williams will feature many people from different walks of life reading their favorite first lines from books.
Displayed in the window of Cooper Gallery is a landscape painting by artist Lynn Boggess. Local poet Tim Armentrout wrote a poem and it will be displayed alongside the painting.
In town, an "Intergalactic Bounty Hunter," a mixed-media sculpture, made of vacuum cleaner parts, helmets, pressure washer parts, gadgets, odds and ends, created by Eddie Booze, chases escaped aliens. Local writer Eric Fritzius tells this imaginative story, displayed with the sculpture for the public to read.
For updates on the festival, visit the festival website at www.lewisburgliteraryfestival.com. Information is also available at 800-833-2068 or on Facebook as a friend of the Lewisburg Literary Festival.