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Arts Centre gaining group's assets

January 02, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Leaders of a Berkeley County organization formed to support regional artists, public awareness of the arts and related causes for young people have voted to donate the group's financial assets to The Arts Centre in Martinsburg, Arts Centre Program Director Shelley Aikens announced Thursday.

The Evans Run Art Association was founded in 1975 and was led for many years by Nancy J. Rodig, who died in June 2003, at the age of 76.

Rodig named the organization in 1975 after the stream that flowed near her home off Evans Run Drive in the Pike View Acres subdivision south of Martinsburg, officials said.

"Nancy Rodig worked tirelessly for Evans Run art events, and we are very honored to name a fall (juried) exhibition and sale of regional artists' work in honor of her and the Evans Run Art Association," Arts Centre Board President Karen Rice said in a press release.

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Rodig also served as executive director of the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival for 14 years and helped organize the craft show that is held in conjunction with the festival, Aikens said.

The Nancy Rodig/Evans Run Art Show will be held for at least five years and will be open to regional artists, Aikens said. A plaque in honor of Rodig and the Evans Run Art Association will be placed in The Arts Centre at 300 W. King St., and a portion of the donation will be used to purchase art education materials to be made available to the public through the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library, Aikens said.

More information about the art show is available by calling The Arts Centre at 304-263-0224 or by going to www.theartcentre.org.

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