Make Valentine’s night special with dinner and dessert specials and a cello/violin performance by Paolo and Erika Marks. Paolo began his musical studies on cello at the age of six and as cellist in the Marks Family String Quartet and member and soloist with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, he was from an early age well acquainted with the family of stringed instruments.
Paolo was born into an environment where music was an integral part of life. His father, then a violist with the Vancouver Symphony, set an example for his five sons, now all professional musicians. Paolo began his musical studies on cello at the age of six and as cellist in the Marks Family String Quartet and member and soloist with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, he was from an early age well acquainted with the family of stringed instruments.
Paolo makes violins at his Pocahontas County shop, Mount Gilead Violin Works. He focuses on building his own instruments and offering professional repair work to musicians in the area. Paolo is a member of the Violin Association of America and his instruments have been included in VSA Instrument Making Competitions. paolomarksviolins.com
HASHTAGWV ART & ENTERTAINMENT Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Christina Entenmann-Edwards has been a WV resident since September 2008. She was born and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and is no stranger to hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit. In 2006, she graduated from Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Connecticut), Cum Laude, with a B.A. in History. In 2010, she graduated with an M.B.A. from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia). In February 2012, Christina launched HashtagWV as the area’s first full-color, free arts and entertainment tabloid + online platform. Christina completed the Leadership West Virginia class of 2021, which is an innovative program that grows, engages, and mobilizes leaders to ignite a life passion to move West Virginia forward.