A painting of the West Virginia '63 tomato in a crytal bowl

Michael in solo, national exhibits

Jane C. Michael, Morgantown, reports that her watercolor “WVU Heritage Tomatoes” was one of four West Virginia artists’ works accepted for exhibit in the 20th Wills Creek Exhibition, hosted by the Allegany Arts Council in Cumberland, Md., Sept. 21 – Oct. 5,  2019.

The Wills Creek Exhibition is a national juried exhibition of contemporary American art. This year more than 500 entries were narrowed down to 75 accepted paintings. Now in its 20th year, this competition serves as the longest-running annual competition of the arts council and offers more than $4,000 in prizes.

This is the second painting Jane has completed of the blight-resistant tomato developed at WVU by professor and researcher Mannon Gallegly. The West Virginia ’63 tomato took Gallegly 13 years to develop, and it was introduced in 1963 as part of the state’s centennial celebration. Jane’s first painting is part of the collection at WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design, in honor of Professor Gallegly.

To learn more about Mannon Gallegly and the West Virginia ’63, read “Mannon Gallegly’s WV ’63 Tomato: The People’s Tomato.”


Jane also reports she will be hanging work at Slight Indulgence Café on Collins Ferry Road, in Morgantown.  The theme for the exhibit will be “Threatened and Endangered,” featuring species, places and geographic entities that are in danger of disappearing.  These new works will hang during the months of November and December. Visit their website to learn more about Slight Indulgence.