Sharon Stackpole paints the world from Middlebourne
Middlebourne may not be considered a mecca for artists, but it is just the environment one woman finds to be the most conducive to her creativity.
While born in Pennsylvania, Sharon Lyn Stackpole always considered herself a West Virginia native. Before moving to Middlebourne at the age of four, her family had resided in Parkersburg, W.Va. She graduated from Tyler County High School in 1987 and soon after enrolled in Fairmont State University, majoring in Graphic Communication. She later changed her major to Art History and Painting. A year into her studies she relocated to West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.
In 1993, Stackpole moved to Sacramento, Calif, temporarily before settling down in San Francisco. In 1995, she moved back to Middlebourne-the place she always called home.
“When I returned home from San Francisco, I started working for the Tyler Star News, actually. I wrote a column. That was how I got my start in journalism.”
Stackpole found her creative outlet at the Tyler Star News from 95-96 and then at the Wheeling News-Register/The Intelligencer until 1998. But her beloved form of expression was always more visual.
“I always loved art. I was always drawing, it was my way of expressing myself,” she noted.
Stackpole recalled a specific, freeing, episode when she was seven years old. “I remember dad said I could pick the color of the walls in my room. He handed me a marker and said I could draw on the walls.”
Even during her time away, she kept up on the news of the place she always called home. She came back to Middlebourne because “it was always home. I wanted to be back with people I love, and the people that love me. I live in Middlebourne because it is my hometown, my family is here. It’s really the best place for the boys to grow up, I feel they get a great education here. I don’t mind traveling.”
Traveling has certainly been the case for her and her artwork. In December her art was part of a show in Barcelona, Spain. The Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, England, is holding a charity gala on Jan. 30 that will be auctioning off one of her pieces named “Goodbye Girl”. Also, Stackpole is being featured with her own solo show at the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown, W.Va., in March. Exact dates and time are yet to be announced.
The majority of her work has been showcased all over Morgantown and Wheeling. Her work has been shown at the Appalachian Gallery, Glow Beauty, Monongalia Arts Center, and Words and Music. She also keeps an online shop, participates in online social media, and works with the Brooklyn Art Library.
Stackpole recalled when she started painting professionally, “I started painting again after I had my pacemaker implanted in 2004. I realized I needed to get on with it,” she explained. “I went around to businesses asking them if they would show my work; most of them said, ‘No.’ A business in Charleston finally said yes, but they are not around anymore. It was N’Harmony on Capitol Street in 2006 that got me started.”
Stackpole currently resides in Middlebourne. She has three sons, Alex Riley, who is 21 and currently enrolled at Penn State studying Graphic Communications; Ted Stackpole, who is 15 and a freshman at Tyler Consolidated High School; and Ben Stackpole, who is 13 and a seventh grader at Tyler Consolidated Middle School. Her parents are Bill and Emma Brown of Tyler City.