The oil painting of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge was sent to the Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau so it could be permanently displayed there.
But as they opened the packaging, the frame and the painting itself were discovered to be broken.
Here’s the history of the painting.
Artist Courtland V. Smith of Wheeling painted it in 1974.
For years, it hung in the Wheeling Dollar Bank.
But when the bank was remodeled, it went back to the artist.
“And he was a neighbor of Audra Wayne, so Audra Wayne ended up with the painting,” explained Joanne Sullivan of the Friends of Wheeling. “And then her daughter, Barbara Wayne, inherited it, put it in her house in Virginia, but now she’s downsizing and she needs to put it somewhere else.”
She communicated with the Friends of Wheeling who said they’d be delighted to see it come home to Wheeling.
“This very beautiful painting of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge was damaged upon arrival,” noted Frank O’Brien, executive director of the Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The good news is, I think everything can be fixed and it will have a permanent home here at the Visitors Center and we’ll be very proudly lighting it up on one of the walls.”
The painting is 65 by 53 inches.
There is a large crack across part of the lower portion of the painting.
CVB officials are now contacting the shipping company.