The Art of Rachel Goodman at ARTWORKS First Friday – September 2nd

This September will be a busy month at ARTWORKS around town. A spectacular exhibit by Rachel Goodman, knitted treasures presented by the “Ladies of the Knit” and the second annual Ohio Valley Plein Air Paint out all take place during this month at the Gallery.  The two shows will open with a free reception on September 2nd.  The First Friday Gallery Hop will feature light refreshments from 5:30 until 8 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.

Rachel Goodman is a native of Saskatoon, Canada, now living and painting at her studio in downtown Wheeling. She attended Harrington College of Design in Chicago where she studied Illustration and Communication Design.  She works in a variety of mediums and styles.  Goodman states “My artist voice and style have yet to be defined”.  She considers herself a novice painter and finds much joy and fulfillment in her work.  

A winner in last year’s Ohio Valley Plein Air Paint Out, Goodman’s paintings include landscapes, floral pieces and abstracts.  For more information and examples of her paintings, see her website: Rachelgoodmanart.com.

“Ladies of the Knit” is a group of multi talented women who get together twice a week to share their love of needlework.  Made up of about fourteen people currently, the knitters started out in 2008 with just a few members.  Lenora Turbanic and Sue Agostinelli and friends gathered together in the back of a bookstore in Warwood with a mentor from their church leading them.  They learned and grew, having several different locations until their current “home” at Wheeling Coffee and Spice.  

They donate much of what they create to various charities and hospitals.  The group includes knitters, crocheters and other needlework connoisseurs.  Turbanic mentioned that anyone who has a desire to knit, learn and commune is welcome to join the group Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 12 in the morning.  They will be selling their hand made works in the North Gallery for the month of September.

There is plenty of time  to sign up for the second Ohio Valley Plein Air Paint Out.  The five day event starts on September 28th and ends on October 2nd.  Founder Eric Dye explains his goal is “to involve artists from beginners to professional plein air painters who enjoy a passion for painting outdoors using many of the scenic views, historic architecture, and small-town USA venues within 20 miles of Wheeling, WV.”

ARTWORKS is located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market.  Serving the community for over twenty years, the Gallery is a nonprofit fine arts and education center. Hours are ten a.m until 5:30 p.m. six days a week from Monday through Saturday.  New members are welcome and application forms are available at the Gallery or on line : artworksaroundtown.com .

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“The Art of the Quilt” – July & August at ARTWORKS around town

ARTWORKS around town and curator Janet Sheehan are pleased to announce “The Art of the Quilt” exhibit will be featured in the north Galleries for July and August.  This exciting show features the work of the National Road Quilt Guild.  The display will open with a festive Gallery Hop on July 1st from 5:30 – 8 p.m.  The reception is free and open to the public.

Made up of thirty talented women, the Guild’s work represents many different styles and techniques.  The stunning results show the diversity of subject matter, all created with needle, thread, cloth and a great deal of talent.

The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at the East Richland Friends Church in St. Clairsville, Ohio.  The Guild serves many charitable organizations in the Ohio Valley including, Harmony House, Tri-County Help Center and Foster Hope.

Some members participate in creating Quilts of Valor.  These members focus on their mission to serve veterans and other persons affected by war by donating quilts for comfort and warmth.

The work of seven members will be on display for the months of July and August.  Those members are Gail Ruminski, Becky Kraley, Rachel Skidd, Sue Olinski, Anita Rogers, Pam Cleaver and Bobbi Rauschenberg.

ARTWORKS around town is a nonprofit art gallery and education center dedicated to serving the public of the area.  Located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market, hours are 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. six days a week, Monday through Saturday.  Ongoing workshops are available.  Please see the website:  www.artworksaroundtown.com for details and information on becoming a member artist.

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Karen Catlett & Student Art Show To Continue Through April

Artworks continues to celebrate Karen Catlett and her students for the month of April.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit the Gallery in March, join us for a celebration on Saturday, April 2, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Meet Karen and her students at this free, public reception.  The Wheeling Sexual Assault Help Center artwork will continue to be displayed in the North Gallery.

Catlett’s talent and teaching abilities are well known and ARTWORKS around town is honored to have her as an active member.  She has won numerous awards nationally and has studied with masters in the world of watercolor technique.  Catlett generously shares her painting skills in workshops at ARTWORKS.  Her classes are popular and always fill up early.

ARTWORKS is looking forward to an active spring with unique exhibits planned for the near future. Visit the Gallery six days a week to find treasures available for purchase.  One of a kind artwork, fine art photography, woven items, ceramics, greeting cards and jewelry are all available at reasonable prices.

ARTWORKS around town is open from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Closing is 6 p.m. on Fridays.  Friday evening Gallery Hops will resume in May.  Anyone wishing to become a member, visit the website: artworksaroundtown.com for details and an application.  ARTWORKS is a nonprofit gallery and art center dedicated to promoting the fine arts.

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“New for 22” continues at ARTWORKS through February

The month of February provides an opportunity to see work by Artworks’ own painters in the show titled “New for 22”.  Held over for a second month, this collection of newly created works is a fresh look at creations in all mediums and styles.  A free public reception on Saturday, February 5th, will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  This gathering is a great opportunity to meet the artists.   It’s  also a good time to shop for Valentine’s day from the many items available for sale in the gallery.

Autumn Harvest – Janet Sheehan

Paintings in pastel, watercolor and oil are part of the show, as well as beautifully created carved birds done by Susan Dorsch and a basket filled with skillfully felted items by Lynne Mamone.  Some of the artists delved into areas of expression new to them while others brought in new works  done in their traditional styles.

ARTWORKS around town is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Fridays when closing is at 6 p.m.  Located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market, ARTWORKS operates as a non profit gallery dedicated to promoting the visual arts.  Anyone interested in joining the gallery please visit the website artworksaroundtown.com for information and an application.

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November Happenings at ARTWORKS around town

November at ARTWORKS around town will usher in the Holiday season with a celebration featuring a reception on Saturday, November 6.  The opening event is scheduled from 11 until 3 at the Centre Market Gallery.  Light refreshments will be served and artists will be present to greet visitors during that time.

Amanda Carney and Andrew Bartsch will continue to show their work in the Studio Gallery for the month.  Their surrealistic fantasy pieces mesh well to form a slice of youthful vigor to the Gallery.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to see it, stop in before the end of November.

8th graders Moundsville Middle School:  Cheyenne Foster, Abbie Allen and Kiersten Wood

The Student section of the north end will feature an exciting collection of plein air pieces done by students from Marshall County.  Artworks member and plein air specialist, Eric Dye collaborated with Assistant Superintendent Woody Yoder to arrange an outdoor painting event at Grand Vue Park in early October.  Art teachers, Ruth Keim, Tabetha Morgan, Sonya Holliday and Olivia Snider worked primarily at the overlook area supervising students and instructing them in the “art” of painting outdoors.

Students from John Marshall, Moundsville Middle and Sherrard Middle schools participated.  Dye hopes to make it an annual experience for the youth of the Moundsville Area.  Approximately 30 pieces will be picked for display and prizes will be awarded by the judge to the top five students.  ARTWORKS is committed to providing outreach programs such as this to the community as part of its mission statement.

November is Holiday Shopping time and there is no better place than Artworks for providing one of a kind gifts such as paintings, fine art photography, ceramic pieces, woven and fiber art and jewelry.  Supporting small business in these times is especially gratifying and ARTWORKS around town at Center Market provides everything you may need for the season including gift certificates.ARTWORKS around town is a nonprofit art gallery dedicated to serving artists and the public of the area.  Hours are 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. six days a week Monday through Saturday with closing at 6 on Fridays.  Anyone interested in joining please see the website for details and an application at artworksaroundtown.com.  Check the website also for ongoing and special workshops and other events available year round.

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“Fantasies and Frights” at ARTWORKS

October 2nd will usher in three new shows and a new look to the traditional opening reception at ARTWORKS around town.  In the Studio Gallery, Amanda Carney and Andrew Bartsch will display their work while The Student Gallery will feature creations by participants in Wheeling’s NAMI organization.

The Gallery hop is taking on a new form and a new day, with a free reception on Saturday, October 2nd from 11 am until 2 pm.  Light refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome to stop by and meet the artists.

“Fast Awake” – Amanda Carney

Amanda Carney holds an interdisciplinary degree from West Liberty University and is owner and operator of The Cats Paw Art Studio, LLC.  Her entire life has been devoted to studying and living art.  She has never worked outside the field.

“My work is myself”.  She describes her creations as being “bright, colorful and joyous in its presentation but also sad, morbid and irreverent in its subjects.”   Most of the works in this show are portraits of cartoonish, feminine figures existing in a surreal state of emotion or lack thereof.  Carney works primarily in gouache paint but uses other mediums such as watercolor pencil and ink.  Recently, she has returned to digital art making she enjoyed when she was younger.

“Doctor Sam” – Andy Bartsch

Sharing the Studio Gallery is Andy Bartsch.  He describes himself as “an illustrator specializing in comic book style art.”  His work has never been in a gallery before and ARTWORKS is pleased to be giving him this opportunity.  Bartsch’s inspiration comes from classic hero and super villain comics, graphic novels, science fiction as well as “the difficulties and absurdities of modern life”.  He accepts commission work.

The Student side of the north end will host works by NAMI clients.  Patti Neic is coordinator.  The organization offers help and support for any adult living with a mental health condition or experiencing the signs and symptoms of a mental illness.ARTWORKS around town is a nonprofit charitable and educational Gallery and Art Center.  Hours are 10 am until 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday except Friday when closing is at 6.  To take part in the various ongoing and special workshops or to join ARTWORKS go to the website: artworksaroundtown.com.

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