Highlights TV Show Features the Capital City Art & Craft Show



Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.

The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Optimum Communications and Jim Strawn & Company.

Highlights airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Optimum’s channel 17.

The show airing October 31, 2022 – November 14, 2022 highlights the:

53rd Capital City Art & Craft Show

We interviewed John Robertson, Show Chair and exhibitors, Brittany Smith & Frank Gourley.


John talked about the history and importance of the show being back.

One of the region’s largest Art and Craft Shows will celebrate its return at the Charleston Convention Center on November 18-20, 2022.  The sponsoring Kanawha City Lions Club has hosted this regional event for 52 consecutive years until COVID interrupted the schedule in 2020 and 2021.  Each year the Convention Center is filled to the brim with high quality original items at affordable prices.

See a true cornucopia of creativity at the 53rd Capital City Art and Craft Show.  Nearly 160 booths featuring the creative talents of artisans will be on display featuring traditional to contemporary treasures including jewelry, pottery, woodwork, holiday decorations, fine art, photography, metal sculpture, quilting, textiles and more.

Brittany Smith, with Charlie West Creations, is an earring jeweler. This will be her first time exhibiting at the Capital City Art & Craft Show.

While it is not a juried show, John did explain their criteria and selection process.

We also spoke with Frank Gourley, woodworker and first-time exhibitor as well. Frank is a retired educator who has worked with wood his whole life and is a member of the Piedmont Craftsmen.

The Show will feature artisans from six states.  A Country Kitchen will be offering delicious fall favorites and vendors will be sampling West Virginia produced food products like dips, salsas, baked goods, honey, jellies, sauces fudges.

$1.6M donated to Local Charities

Since the Show’s inception the Kanawha City Lions Club, the organization that hosts the show, has used the proceeds of the event to donate more than $1.6 million dollars to state and local charities, as well as providing $130,000 for eyeglasses and exams for area residents.

Persons attending the Show are encouraged to bring nonperishable food products supporting Union Mission’s food pantry.  Just deposit your donation at the Union Mission truck near the entry door and you will receive a discount coupon on your entry ticket at the box office.

Show Hours

Show times are 4PM -9PM on Friday, November 18; 10AM – 6PM on Saturday, November 19; and noon – 5PM on Sunday, November 20.  Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for children under 12 years.

If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.


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