MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville has a variety of activities and exhibits for visitors looking for something to do in December and January. All programs are free and open to the public.
One highlight of the season at the Complex is a String Art exhibit created by art studio students from Moundsville Middle School and fifth grade students from Washington Lands Elementary School who teamed up to create abstract pieces using liquid watercolor as their medium. The unique and colorful designs were created by manipulating string and watercolors on sheets of paper. The exhibit opens Tuesday, Dec. 17, and runs until Tuesday, Jan. 7. Joy Van Scyoc, art teacher at Moundsville Middle School, will lead a public demonstration of how the artwork was created on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to create their own art piece to take home.
Throughout December and January, seasonal crafts at the museum will include decorating the upper hallway windows with paper snowflakes hand-made by visitors. In December, visitors also can create a snowman or pine tree decoration by scratching a design into special scratch-art paper. For January, supplies will be on hand for making an indoor snowman or snowwoman using a repurposed water bottle as a base and an assortment of craft materials.
The Complex also has several films scheduled for December 2019 and January 2020. The schedule is as follows.
Saturday, Dec. 14, 1 and 3 p.m.: “America Before Columbus” (90 min)
Thursday, Dec. 26, 7 p.m.: “First Face of America” (60 min)
Saturday, Jan. 11, 1 and 3 p.m.: “John Brown’s Holy War” (90 min)
Thursday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.: “Jamestown’s Dark Winter” (60 min)
Guests can see the newly opened exhibits on Fostoria Glass and Marx Toys, both important industries in the Moundsville area. In addition, the museum’s featured artist, Garin Ardash of Pittsburgh, Pa, displays photographs of the Marble King mural, which is part of an exhibit on the Marble King company of Paden City, W.Va. The unique photographs were taken by manipulating the camera lens to capture patterns of light and color reflected in the over 47,000 Marble King marbles that make up a large image of the Marble King company logo.
Operated by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex features one of the largest conical burial mounds built by the Adena people between 250 – 150 B.C. and ranks as one of the largest earthen mortuary mounds anywhere in the world. Exhibits and displays in the Delf Norona Museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The complex also houses the West Virginia Archaeological Research and Collections Management Facility.
Admission to Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex is free. The Delf Norona Museum, located at 801 Jefferson Avenue, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. Outdoor access closes at 4:30 p.m.
For more information about activities and programs at Grave Creek Mound, contact Andrea Keller, cultural program coordinator, at (304) 843-4128 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/gravecreekmound and www.twitter.com/gravecreekmound.