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New Traditions

New Traditions

Sequestered by mountains older than life itself and a culture marked by close-knit, deep-seated tradition, Appalachia makes for the perfect muse for this gallery show.

“New Traditions” celebrates the region’s diverse culture and historic arts and craft practices by viewing them with a contemporary lens. Whether it be utilizing traditional techniques with new materials, incorporating or reimagining Appalachian craft, or simply using modern methods to tell the story of the past — this show highlights the connectivity and fusion of the region’s then and now.

YNST Magazine and Wheeling Heritage invite you to the opening reception of New Traditions on Friday, May 17 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Wheeling Artisan Center Gallery (1400 Main Street, Wheeling). Admission is free. New Traditions will remain on display through Saturday, June 14.

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Call for Artists

Wheeling Heritage and YNST Magazine invite artists of all levels of experience and mediums to submit their work. Submissions should fall into one or both categories:

  • Traditional Appalachian arts and craft techniques such as pottery, quilting, basketry, weaving, glass blowing, carving, blacksmithing, etc. created with a contemporary lens.
  • Pieces inspired by the history and legacy of Appalachian culture, folklore, or heritage with a contemporary lens.

Artists may submit up to three pieces, which should include high-resolution images, title, dimensions, medium, price (if applicable), and a short description. Submissions will be accepted through Thursday, April 25.

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Important Dates

  • April 25 – Deadline for submissions
  • May 3 – Final notification of accepted entries
  • May 13 – Deadline for delivery of accepted artwork
  • May 17 – Exhibit opening
  • June 14 – Exhibit closes
  • June 18 – Any unsold artwork available for pickup
  • June 24 – Pickup and return shipping of artwork to be completed by this date

Policies and Guidelines 

High School Writing Competition

High school students from Ohio County are invited to participate in the New Traditions writing competition. To participate, students must complete the following:

  • Attend the opening reception of New Traditions on May 17.
  • Write a review of the show. This review should be between 500-1000 words minimum and include commentary on the theme of the exhibit, details about at least one piece of art in the exhibit, and the overall experience of the opening reception.
  • Submit reviews via email to by Friday, May 24. Submissions should be submitted as a Word or Google Doc with at 2-3 photos taken at the opening reception. Submissions should include the student’s name, grade, high school, and a 2-3 sentence byline.

All submissions will be reviewed by representatives from Wheeling Heritage and YNST and scored based on creativity, proper use of language, clarity and structure, adherence to guidelines, and overall impact. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 29.

The student who achieves the first-place submission will have their review published in an upcoming issue of YNST Magazine and receive a $100 stipend. The top 5 submissions will have their work featured on and receive a $50 stipend.

For questions about the New Traditions writing competition, contact Alex Panas at

About YNST Magazine

YNST (You’re Not Seeing Things) Magazine is a grassroots, West Virginia-based media company dedicated to amplifying the unseen and often unsung creative voices of Appalachia’s arts & culture. YNST works online, in print and in person to paint the region with a deserved contemporary and colorful lens by capturing the region’s vital storytellers, unique designers, impactful photographers, dynamic artists and underrepresented perspectives.

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