Gate 5 Industrial Art Festival
Renaissance Weirton Corp. Launches the Gate 5 Industrial Art Festival
The Renaissance Weirton Corp. is launching a new fall event in the City of Weirton: the Gate 5 Industrial Art Festival, scheduled for October 20, 2018.
Celebrating the skills and materials that were crafted during the peak of manufacturing in Northern West Virginia, Gate 5 will celebrate art created using metal, clay, glass and repurposed scrap.
The festival was named by Mayor Harold Miller in honor of the No. 5 Gate on Main Street, which was the entrance into Weirton Steel’s Strip Steel shop.
“Materials came in the Strip Steel operation behind the No. 5 Gate were transformed into cold rolled, hot rolled and rolled coils for galvanized steel,” Miller said. “Employees entered through Gate 5 and learned valuable skills that many of them still use today, but in new and interesting ways. A festival that honors the materials and skills used in manufacturing is a way to honor our history and our families’ heritage.”
Artists who bend, cut, weld and fuse their work together – especially those that use metal, ceramic, glass or scrap, will be invited to show and sell their work at the Gate 5 Industrial Art Festival.
“The basic structure of the festival will be a daylong event of industrial art vendors and, we hope, some metal-work and pottery demonstrations,” said Alecia Ford.
Festival events will also include a Steam Punk Fashion Show, Great Gate 5 Puzzle Hunt, Tin Man Run, Food Vendors, and much more.
The event will wrap up with a truly metal event – a performance by the KISS tribute band, “Stutter,” backed by a fireworks finale.
If you would like more information about the festival - whether you are a vendor, artist or volunteer - please follow us on our Gate 5 Industrial Art Festival Facebook Page