Renovations delay gallery relaunch

BUCKHANNON – Continued renovations have pushed back the opening date for the Artistry on Main relaunch event in Buckhannon.

Upshur Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Laura Meadows announced at a Create Buckhannon meeting Thursday that the date for the relaunch would be postponed by about a week, allowing more time to finish with minor renovation projects that remain to be completed.

The original ribbon-cutting event was scheduled for this past Saturday, but will now take place at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. The grand opening of the gallery will take place with an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Artistry on Main is located on Main Street in Buckhannon across from Dairy Queen.

Along with the newly renovated gallery and its new and returning artisans also comes the introduction of classes and special events in a wide array of different mediums from arts and crafts to literature and more. The first class set to take place is a Ukranian Easter egg class of up to six students. It will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 10 in the gallery’s new classroom. However, if more than six students sign up, additional classes could take place.

The instructor, Julie Dilworth of Upshur County, has been making the Ukranian Easter eggs as part of a family tradition since she was a child, and she will be sharing the skill with those who take her class. The cost for the class is $35.

The Ukranian Easter egg differs from the typical Easter eggs that are colored and designed in today’s North American culture. They are made by placing a drop of wax on the egg shell and dragging it with a pin to create different, often elaborate, designs. The designs are usually geometric lines and shapes and can include different shapes and symbols.

Examples of Dilworth’s Ukranian Easter eggs will be displayed in the gallery window at 27 East Main St. in Buckhannon.

The class will take place in an expanded and newly remodeled classroom at the back of the art gallery where local school artwork and regular artist exhibitions will eventually be displayed.

The gallery’s classes won’t always be in the areas of crafts and visual arts. Class coordinator Teresa Mason said the gallery is open to hosting a variety of classes conducted by different groups or individuals. They can be based in the literary arts with workshops in creative writing, for example.

Artistry on Main received its new telephone number Thursday, so patrons can call for more information. To find out more about a class, the schedule of classes, hosting a class, becoming an artisan or learning about the gallery in general, contact Artistry on Main at 304-460-2505 or by emailing

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