Excerpt from May 1, 2010 Charleston Gazette story:
Highway construction does not come readily to mind as the subject of an art show. That didn’t give pause to the much-esteemed Charleston-based artist Ellie Schaul. Witness her 17 colorful oil paintings on the art of the interstate highway, featured in “Movin’ On: 64, 77, 79,” up through May 22 at The Art Store in the Bridge Road shops.
“Once I got started on these, I couldn’t stop,” said Schaul, standing amid the paintings in her South Hills home studio before they were carted off to The Art Store. “No matter where I was in the city, there would be another painting.”
Indeed, just as the coming of the roads early in the 20th century changed life in West Virginia, the coming of the interstates in the late ’60s and early ’70s changed Charleston — its look, its history, its landscape .. | READ ON
RELATED | Part of Schaul’s show includes a Gazette audio slideshow that documented the completion of the central span of what is being called the largest concrete box girder span of any bridge in North American. See the slideshow below: