Rotary learns new exhibit coming to RCCAC

Elkins Rotary members learned that another Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit will visit the area in 2014. Randolph County Community Arts Center Executive Director Kurt Barkley said Monday the exhibit will be the fourth time Elkins has been selected to host one of the traveling displays.

Barkley said the exhibit, “Hometown Teams,” will be June 29 to August 9, 2014, and is a sports team display.

“It showcases the role of sports and sporting teams and how they shape and impact us as a community,” Barkley said. “Major components of the exhibit will be photographs, literature and memorabilia from this area including Randolph and surrounding counties. This will include teams from schools, Pop Warner, Little League, West Virginia University, Wesleyan and Davis & Elkins College – pretty much from all the area.”

Barkley said a community committee will be formed as a steering committee helping to pull together needed items for the exhibit. He said at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 a town-hall-style meeting is slated for the great hall at the Randolph County Community Arts Center to get community leaders and residents together for ideas and input for the exhibit. Barkley said this will form the spine of the committee.

“Any exhibits that incorporate so many facets of the community have to rely on the involvement and the assistance of as many people as possible,” Barkley said. “That’s the main idea I want to get across today. The committee can help pull together photos, yearbooks, historic sporting equipment and oral histories that people can relate regarding hometown teams all around the service area.”

Barkley also talked about other upcoming events slated for the center.

“Our new concert season begins in September with Corey Harris & the Rasta Blues Experience,” Barkley said. “It’s a raggae fusion show. We will feature a different act each month through April 2014 and would like everyone to come out and join us for the shows. I think it is going to prove to be a good line up of concerts.”

The Randolph County Community Arts Center also hosts many classes.

“Beginning next month, we will offer 30 classes,” Barkley said. “That is one of the largest class loads we have ever offered. We will have painting, drawing, sculpting and pottery for both children and adults. Skill levels are from beginning clear up through journeyman or expert.”

“In June the Randolph County Community Arts Center celebrated a ribbon-cutting for 1 Park St., the new pottery venue,” Barkley said. “At 1 Park, we have seven pottery wheels, three kilns, plenty of shelf space and a very large hand-building room. It’s very unique to the area – there are not too many places you can go and avail yourself of all of the equipment, space and everything you need for pottery. We are looking for more people to get involved and sign up for our classes.”

Additional information about the Randolph County Community Arts Center is available by calling 304-637-2355 or by emailing