Bluefield Daily Telegraph
A $1,500 grant is providing a chance for the Bluefield community to re-experience Civil War images as they were originally viewed.
The funding will pay for use of The Center for Civil War Photography’s, “The Civil War In 3D” exhibit. The program is presented with support from The West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, and the funds are administered by the West Virginia Department of Education and Arts.
“The Alliance For The Arts is so grateful to the Sesquicentennial Commission for making this display possible,” said Sue Jackson, Event Coordinator. “This unique opportunity wouldn’t be happening without their support.”
Viewers will watch the 3D images, using provided red and cyan colored glasses. The presentation consists of a 17-minute audiovisual display. While 17 minutes seems like a short timeframe, the viewer will actually see ‘dozens of images,’ according to Jackson.
“Sometimes quality takes precedence over quantity; we definitely think such is the case, here. Most of these images have rarely, if ever been seen in the 3D format since the Victorian era,” said Jackson. “It’s taken well over a century for the technology to catch up to what was being done with stereoscopes back then.”
The show will be on display at the Paine Gallery of the Bluefield Arts Center from April 13-May 5.
Jackson said, “April 13th is the day of the Heritage Festival, so it will be a great chance for the public to see these amazing images.”
‘The Civil War in 3D’ is free and open to the public, during the festival, as well as during the Arts Center’s operating hours.