ONA — Ona resident Linda Childers claims she hopes to use her art to market adore for West Virginia and really encourage folks to investigate the condition for by themselves.

In 2020, she hosted an art exhibit with 30 paintings in her garden. Childers said most of her paintings, aside from the florals and occasional landscapes, are photos of Huntington or Marshall University.

“I required to do a little something that had a statewide attraction,” she explained.

She claimed she was doing work a puzzle final yr that showed the artist’s brush strokes and that led to her developing a map of West Virginia with about 130 miniature paintings of interesting items to do in the Mountain State.

“I’ve experienced it made into a thousand-piece, 24-inch by 30-inch puzzle,” Childers explained. “My spouse, Rick, and I rented a 16-foot Finances truck and hauled them again from Kansas City, Missouri, this month, and they are currently in 8 retailers from Huntington to Charleston.”

Childers reported her plan is to have them in gift outlets across the state.

“Selling puzzles is just a portion of my puzzle task. My purpose is to promote tourism, understanding and love of West Virginia and to motivate men and women to convert their strategies and desires into real issues,” she explained.

With the assist of videographer Bobby Lee Messer, Childers is producing two video collection.

“One sequence, Travel WV with Linda, will be limited videos shot as I vacation with mates or my partner all in excess of the state to every single spot I’ve painted on the map,” she reported. “And having enjoyment and providing puzzles. My aim is to teach folks about these areas, and I’m hoping that will in switch motivate them to vacation to locations they may well stay just an hour or two or 3 absent from and have hardly ever been.”

Childers claims the other series will be referred to as Produce WV.

“I’ll be interviewing West Virginians who have established a little something — a company, a cleanup undertaking, a yard, a guide club — to encourage folks who have an concept, a dream or a spark of a produce idea to stick to that to fruition,” she mentioned. “I know that panic and doubt can quit persons from following their desires, and our condition wants the creativity of its persons to help it continue to increase and prosper.”

Childers explained they started filming the movies a short while ago in Charleston at J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Operates and Taylor Publications.

“It was certainly magnificent,” she stated. “This coming week I’m heading to Fayetteville.”

“I’ve turned my web-site into my puzzle task hub,” she explained.

You can also come across her on Facebook at Artwork by Linda.

Childers says in latest yrs, her art has moved absent from the ornamental purpose to involve social engagement and political motives.

“I appreciate to paint and I really like to build, so I glimpse for techniques to merge my artwork with making a difference in people’s lives,” she said.

Childers reported when she quit teaching in 2012 she was ready to thoroughly aim on her artwork.

“At that identical time, I had always been curious about politics, but never gave it any focus,” Childers explained. “I began listening to ‘The Every day Show’ even though accomplishing paintings and started to come to be conscious of politics.”

In 2015, Bernie Sanders ran for president and Childers mentioned she realized she was a progressive.

“So then I understood I just just can’t be portray,” she explained. “I was so concerned about the local weather disaster that for a though I would put on my Facebook web page all of my proceeds would go to concerns associated to the local weather crisis.”

Childers explained she realized how privileged she is and so she wanted to assist those people who are not. Her entrance yard art show was a way to do that.

“Last 12 months I experienced an art exhibit with 30 paintings in my garden,” she explained. “I allow people today who acquired paintings make the option to have the proceeds go to the area meals financial institution, to the animal shelter or to a progressive political prospect for U.S. Congress, Hilary Turner. I acquired $800 for the food items financial institution, $500 for the animal shelter and a pair thousand for Hilary Turner.”

But Childers claimed her West Virginia Puzzle Challenge is her very long-expression assignment.

“I have loads extra of this wonderful point out to see,” she reported. “I prepare to go to all the destinations I’ve painted on this map and to share my adventures. In fact, if I couldn’t match it on the map, but it is neat or intriguing, I’ll also be heading there.”