Activities 2017-12-27T21:17:58+00:00

Wheeling Arts Fest Activities

Artist Market

Visit our Artist Market on the West Virginia Northern Community College Square and be transported into an artist community!  All of the participating artists at the Wheeling Arts Fest will demonstrate their craft throughout the day. The Artists Market will provide a unique art event where you can view and purchase the works of local Wheeling, WV and tri-state artists. Watch professional artists imagine and create right in front of you. Watercolors, pleine air, photography, jewelry making, monoprinting, pottery, sculpting and more will entertain your entire family. Make sure to stop by the children’s tent for chalk art and face painting too!




Lizzie Kids Tent- Hands On Visual Arts

Express Yourself! Get inspired at “Rated K” (for kids)! The purpose of this arts initiative is to promote children’s art and exploration of the arts within the community at the Wheeling Arts Festival. The Children’s area will feature chalk art, painting, face painting and more. The Lizzie Tent is in memorium of Elizabeth “Liz” Neuman, former City of Wheeling Arts & Cultural Commission member and former President of Artworks Around Town.




Music & Movement for Kids

Presenting Music, Movement and Literature using the Orff approach for children   Orff Schulwerk is a way to teach and learn music. It is based on things children like to do: sing, chant rhymes, clap, dance, and keep a beat on anything near at hand. These instincts are directed into learning music by hearing and making music first, then reading and writing it later. This is the same way we all learned our language.  Instructor: Stacey Soos


Cultural Ambassadors

Attired in 19th century clothing, cultural ambassadors will be on hand throughout the day to give out information and directions, and to share some of Wheeling’s rich history with visitors.


Plein Air

Plein Air means “in the open air”, and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.  All artists are invited to set up at the festival and partcipate in Plein Air.  We do ask that anyone participating in this event and not paying for booth space to please refrain from selling your work or advertising your business.


Book Signings

Have your book signed by your favorite author and ask your most pressing questions.


Poetry Readings

There will be reading throughout the day at the Ohio County Public Library and inside the West Virginia Northern Community College Auditorium.