CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Mountain Stage" assistant producer Vasilia Scouras said it's hard not to notice that 2013 is a big year for anniversaries. It's the 150th birthday for West Virginia, and "Mountain Stage" is marking 30 years on the air.
The producers of "Mountain Stage" started bouncing around ideas in December for ways to commemorate the occasion.
"It's kind of funny," Scouras said. "I'm part of this new group of 'Mountain Stage' that sort of came after the show. I mean, I was a year old when the show began, and the way I look at it is different than how some of the people who've been with the show for years and years might see it."
Perspective is part of what led her to think about reaching out to local artists to help "Mountain Stage" put together a special art show during FestivALL.
"The arts community has always been very supportive of us," Scouras said. "They come to our shows, and we wanted to see how they see 'Mountain Stage.'"
So, the radio program commissioned artists in towns where they most often perform to produce works. The special show will be exhibited June 20-30 at Good News Mountaineer Garage's offices on Hale Street.
Among the artists showing work are Charleston-based artists Ian Bode and Jamie Miller, as well as Glen Brogan, of Huntington, and Brian Pickens, of Morgantown.
"Everybody was super-willing to do the work," Scouras said. "Everyone thought it was just a nice thing to be involved and they worked really hard."
Bode, who was busy working on his third Peer to Pier mural for FestivALL, said it was honor to be asked. "I guess they're fans of my work. I included 'Mountain Stage' in my Pier to Pier piece I did on the history of music."
Bode said he is also a fan of the show. In addition to both going to and listening to shows, Bode has featured the radio program in his art since the Peer to Pier work.
"I did a big 'Mountain Stage' painting that Bob and Suzanne Coffield bought," he said. "It's part of a solo show I'm doing at Carnegie Hall [in Lewisburg] and has some of my favorite bands in it."
Scouras said the artists received commissions. "It was really important to me that we assigned some value to this. We're a state agency, we don't have a lot, but we thought it was important that the artists got paid."
The amount was small, she said, but payment included tickets to the show.