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‘Women Of Design’ On Display

July 25, 2010
By Linda Comins, Life Editor

Visitors to Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville now have an opportunity to get an insider's view of impressive government-owned residences here and abroad that have been transformed through the creative vision of two West Virginia designers and decorators.

An exhibit, "Women of Design: Embassies, Mansions and Stately Homes - Pat Bibbee and Vivien Woofter," which had been displayed previously at the Culture Center in Charleston, is now open for free viewing in the Delf Norona Museum at the Grave Creek Mound facility.

"Women of Design" opened with a reception in the Delf Norona Museum Tuesday evening, July 20. The featured designers - West Virginia native Vivien Woofter and Mountain State "transplant" Pat Bibbee - were present to mingle with guests and to speak briefly in a short program in the facility's theater. The distinguished guests were introduced by Randall Reid-Smith, commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

Several community leaders and area arts representatives attended the festive reception. Among those on hand were Mary Beth Hughes, Wheeling interior designer and arts patron; Bonnie Grisell, owner of the Bonnie Dwaine bed and breakfast in Glen Dale; U.S. District Court Judge Frederick P. Stamp and his wife, arts leader Joan Stamp, of Wheeling; historic preservationist Snookie Nutting of Wheeling; Wheeling historian Margaret Brennan; arts figure Susan Hogan of Wheeling and Fran Caldwell, New Martinsville resident and president of ArtsLink in Wetzel and Tyler counties.

During a brief visit to Paris, the Stamps got a Woofter-led tour of her restorative work at the George C. Marshall Center in the Hotel de Talleyrand, which is part of he U.S. embassy complex in Paris.

Watch upcoming Life pages for a more detailed examination of "Women of Design: Embassies, Mansions and Stately Homes - Pat Bibbee and Vivien Woofter."

Today's your final chance to savor Italian cuisine (along with culinary specialties from a variety of other cultures) at the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival at Heritage Port in downtown Wheeling.

Not to take anything away from the Italian celebration, but there was a groundswell of interest exhibited last weekend for the potential development of a German festival in Wheeling, which, of course, has had a huge population of German immigrants and their descendants.

During Saengerfest Revisited at the Ohio County Public Library Saturday, July 17, visiting singers from Dayton - where a German celebration is staged annually - challenged Wheeling residents to launch a similar festival in the Friendly City. Audience members greeted the idea enthusiastically, and some folks were still talking about the concept this past week.

Jean Paglialunga of St. Clairsville and Coconut Creek, Fla., formerly of Lafferty, attended the International Reading Association's convention in Chicago recently. During the event, she heard several speakers, including Queen Noor Al Hussein of Jordan who has written children's books; former vice president Al Gore and actor Henry Winkler, who also is a children's author.

Meanwhile, Paglialunga, a published author, said she is finishing the writing of her fourth novella.

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