The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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June 10, 2013

Appalachian art collector shares work of self-taught artists with West Virginia

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MORGANTOWN — The children’s room

Before Ramona’s husband died and she moved to Florida, she had a room dedicated to her grandchildren and their friends. They could enter the house and go in the room whenever they liked to paint, draw or otherwise let their creativity flow.

In that room she wanted them to express a creativity that was solely their own. Now she’d like to do the same for the children of West Virginia with her gifts to the Art Museum of WVU. She wants them to tap into their own feelings and spirit as they create.

She believes the museum and its use of her collected art can give them an understanding of a shared cultural past and art that is otherwise often lost behind the artifice of templates and techniques.

“The museum is going to help the children of Appalachia to create from their spirit and their soul instead of from someone else’s eyes about what’s good and what isn’t,” Lampell said.

Lampell’s promised gift was made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $750 million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015.

 

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