The Byrd Center staff traveled to Elkins, West Virginia last week to setup our traveling exhibit Robert C. Byrd: Senator, Statesman, West Virginian at its next venue, the Randolph County Community Arts Center. This venue is the tenth stop for the exhibit on its tour across West Virginia and our first stop in the Potomac Highlands region of the state.
Founded in 2000 and located in the historic St. Brendan's Roman Catholic Church, the Randolph County Community Arts Center supports arts programs that education and enhance the cultural and economic life of the Elkins and Randolph County region. The center is a wonderful venue that should draw numerous visitors to the exhibit through Friday, March 17, 2017. The Byrd Center thanks executive director Kurt Barkley and board chairman Charlie Friddle, III for their support and help in bringing the exhibit to Elkins.
After wrapping our early-summer showings of the exhibit at Parkersburg and Beckley, the traveling exhibit returned to the Byrd Center in Shepherdstown for a few weeks before embarking to Bluefield, located at the southern edge of West Virginia along its border with Virginia. The journey to Bluefield takes one through the picturesque peaks of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountain ranges and the city, long-branded as "nature's air conditioned city" is situated in a scenic valley.
Following the debut of the traveling exhibit as part of the Allied Art Festival in Parkersburg, West Virginia, we packed up the second copy of the exhibit for our first trip into the southern region of the state. On Friday, June 10, the exhibit opened during a reception at the Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley, West Virginia.