Small Business Saturday at ARTWORKS around town

Small Business Saturday will be celebrated at ARTWORKS in Centre Market on November 27.

The highlight of the day will be a special kid’s craft available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Children must be accompanied by adults.  Artist members will be on hand to help with a keepsake ornament or holiday decoration. This has been a popular tradition at Artworks on this special Saturday event.

Artworks is a perfect place to buy unique and one of a kind gifts.  Paintings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, knitted and macrame items and hand made cards are just some of the items available at reasonable prices.  Discounts will be available on some work and several artists will be on hand to demonstrate.

Join us to usher in the Holiday season all the while supporting local small businesses.

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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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Ohio Valley Plein Air Paint Out 2021 – Sponsors

Wheeling Heritage Foundation

Wheeling/Ohio County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Moundsville Arts & Cultural Commission

Gary Dietz Insurance Agency

R & V Screen Printing & Embroidery

Judsons Art Outfitters

2 Anonymous Donors

Hosted and sponsored by ARTWORKS around town

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Activities Increase in May at ARTWORKS

There is a lot going on at ARTWORKS for the month of May.  The Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League continues to display their stunning show titled “Pure Pigment” in the Studio Gallery.  There are pastels galore and each one of them is as unique as the one next to it.  This is a must see exhibit.  One-of-a-kind Mother’s Day gifts are available for sale.  Framed originals, prints and note cards are included in their offerings.

“Holland Windmills” by Nanette Hought


ARTWORKS member and watercolorist Karen Catlett is going to present a Watercolor Workshop on Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.  There will be a break for lunch (bring your own).  Catlett states “students will learn the brush strokes, how to lay washes, using hard and soft edges, glazing over existing washes and much more.”  Participants can be beginners or advanced or anywhere in between in knowledge and experience.

STUDENTS SHOULD BRING:

  • watercolor paints
  • brushes – 1” flat and rounds
  • paper – 140 lb or better
  • two containers for water
  • 1 roll toilet paper, tissues or paper towels
  • support board
  • tape

The first five people to register attend for free due to a $100 donation.  The cost for all others is just $20.  Register by calling Catlett at 304-845-0875 or email her at kcatlett601@comcast.net or by calling ARTWORKS at 304-233-7540.

Coming in June is a show featuring the students of Greg Siegwart.

At noon on June 5th  there will be a free, public “critique” led by Greg Siegwart and Bobbi Priebe.  This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who would like to share their work with artists who can offer suggestions or who just want to share what they do in any medium.  The group that comes together about every three months has fun, is informal and beneficial to all.

ARTWORKS around town is a nonprofit charitable and educational Gallery and Art Center located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market.  Hours are from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except for Friday when closing is at 6 p.m.  Anyone interested in becoming a member is encouraged to go to the website:  artworksaroundtown.com for more information and an application form.

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Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League – First Live Gallery Hop in Over a Year at ARTWORKS around town

Betsy Cox, exhibit creator at ARTWORKS around town is pleased to  announce the Gallery will host its first Hop in over a year on April 9, 2021.  Ushering in this “new normal” chapter is the opening of a spectacular array of paintings presented by the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League (PPAL).  A free reception will take place from 5:30 until 8 p.m. and will require the wearing of masks and social distancing to comply with current pandemic guidelines set forth by the state of West Virginia.

“Pure Pigment” is the title of the show that will run from April 2 until May 26 in the Studio Gallery of ARTWORKS.  PPAL was founded in 2002.  Their press release states the group “is a member supported art organization dedicated to pastel artists and to the promotion, understanding and enjoyment of the medium of soft pastels.”  Pastels are produced and sold as either, soft, medium or hard.  Soft pastels provide a wide array of possibilities that produce dramatic paintings in vivid colors.  Eric Dye, member of ARTWORKS and PPAL explains,“Pastels are sticks of pure pigment made from the same minerals as oil and acrylic paints.  Since pastels are a dry medium and aren’t mixed like those mediums, pastel painters must have a rainbow of colors at their disposal.” Soft pastels are produced by dozens of manufacturers, some  made by hand and come in hundreds of different colors.

Members of  the group come from all over the tri-state area and range from the internationally known professional to those new to the medium.  Quarterly meetings in many different locations as well as newsletters, workshops, classes, exhibits and group excursions are just some of the many activities of this energetic group.  Anyone interested in joining the PPAL is welcome to join and enjoy all member benefits.  Dues have been suspended for the 2021 year because of Covid.  Access more information from their member-supported website, www.ppal-artists.com .

The exhibit is a  great place to get your Mother’s Day or Easter gift.   Framed originals, prints and notecards will be for sale during the entire show.  In addition to Eric Dye,  participating members include; Sandra Beitsinger, Cindy Berceli, Cynthia Gilberti, Diane Grguras, Nanette Hought, Gina Judy, Renee’ Keil, Jan Pini, Marian Sallade and Patricia Young.

ARTWORKS around town is a nonprofit, charitable and educational organization that operates a Gallery and Art Center for the benefit of the artists and general public of the region.  Located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market, hours are Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. except for Fridays when closing is at 6.  Anyone interested in becoming a member, go to the website  artworksaroundtown.com for information and an application.

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