Local students learn dying art form


A piece of dying Japanese art is now on display in the friendly city. 

Third and fifth-grade students at Wheeling Country Day School had the opportunity to work with international artist Hiromi Katayama throughout the school year to make these incredible prices of art. 

The art was created using traditional Japanese watercolor techniques where they used powdered pigments, crushing them by hand, and painting these pieces of art.

The paintings will be on permanent display at the proposed future site of the Grow Ohio Valley indoor farmer’s market at the Robert C Byrd Intermodal Center on Main Street. 

The project was made possible through a partnership between the Benedum Foundation, Oglebay Institute, and Wheeling Country Day School. 

Oglebay Institute President, Danielle McCracken said, “We are thrilled at Oglebay Institute to have this opportunity, thanks to the support of the Benedum Foundation, who is funding a two-year project.”

Benedum Foundation Vice-President, Jim Denova said, “We’re just proud supporters and it’s done much better than we originally envisioned, so we’re thrilled.”

Rural Arts Project Creator and Manager, Carmelle Nickens said, “We had three residencies. One at Wheeling Country Day, which is what you’re celebrating tonight, Triadelphia Middle School had the performance arm of our project, and another at Magnolia High School in Wetzel County.”

Artist, Hiromi Katayama said, “It’s very colorful and I love it and it has a lot of research and time and the purpose of learning and why we paint and why we create art.”

The program will unveil another art display at the Wetzel County Museum on June 1st. 

The program will also expand into other area counties next year.

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