New Members Show comes to ARTWORKS in December

What do a lawyer, a computer/math professor and a potter all have in common? They are all artist members of ARTWORKS around town at the Centre Market in Wheeling. They are this year’s new members and an exhibit of their marvelous artworks will be opening on Dec. 5th in the Studio Gallery of Artworks from 5:00 to 8PM. As always the public is invited to this free gallery hop at the Centre Market, 2200 Market Street. In the North Gallery will be the work of Martins Ferry Elementary and Middle Schools.

 

Janet Sheehan has always been an artist. As a young child and teenage, she dabbled in art, taking some classes but never taking art seriously until her youngest son left “the nest”. Now Janet is a watercolor teacher at Artworks. She has developed proficiency in watercolor with the guidance of Janet Rodriguez, the former watercolor instructor at Artworks, and local watercolorist, Bill Rettig.

 

Honored this year with a merit award in the West Virginia Watercolor Society’s show, Janet is always exploring and adding to her artistic knowledge in drawing as well. Yes, she is a lawyer and graduate of Duquesne University and West Virginia University and has been a hearing lawyer for 26 years but her artistic career has become a wonderful addition to all her other skills.

 

Paul Latos has been a potter since being introduced to the skill at Brooke High School. Further study at Glenville State and WVU added to his skill with the completion of a Master in Fine Arts. Starting his career as a potter in rural WV, Paul quickly progressed from his two car garage studio to a newly built facility to now residing in a three story building in historic North Wheeling. Along with his working studio, he has a first floor showroom of his work, which has been sold in numerous galleries across the country. He has exhibited at the Renwick Gallery in DC and the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulfur Springs.

 

Pottery produced in the Linn Pottery Studio has been collected by art patrons in Canada, Japan, China, Korea, Ireland and across the US. He has been honored by receiving both the Best of West Virginia Award from Gov. Gaston Caperton and the Top Producer Award by Tamarack in Beckley, WV. His utilitarian stoneware, elegant porcelain and specialty works of low fired earthenware will be on display at this new members opening.

 

Then there is the computer science/mathematics professor who has always been interested in art. Margaret Gerosh has been taking a variety of classes at Artworks and the Stifel Art Center and now private lessons with Mark Fleming in acrylic and oil. Using many of her memories from her numerous trips all over the world, Meg has created new and fresh works of art. For a college graduate who started out with a degree in French, Meg has certainly strayed far from all her academic roots.

 

Meg is a member of the Independent Artists Group, which meets to do figure drawing at the Stifel Center. Along with her lessons from various local teachers, Meg believes she has developed some of her art from her study of computer graphics and what can be done artistically with computers. Meg’s work is not computer-like or abstract or even geometric. Her paintings are lovely recreations of many of her adventures in a varied life far from her Akron, Ohio roots.

 

Anyone who views this exhibit of New Members at Artworks will be treated to an interesting and arresting exhibit of beautifully crafted work by dedicated artists who are following a love of creating their own beauty in this work.

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Father and Son Show Highlight October Gallery Opening

Another unique show is coming to ARTWORKS around town. This time it is a “family affair”. Artworks member, Ed Doughty, artist, wood carver, and miniature wood craftsman and his son, David Doughty, a painter, will be showing their work for the month of October. Their exhibition will open Friday, October 3rd at ARTWORKS around town in Wheeling’s Centre Market, 2200 Market Street, Wheeling from 5:30 to 8PM.

Ed Doughty

Ed Doughty

Ed Doughty is a meticulous craftsman in everything he does, and he pretty much does everything. He is one of those curious people who, when challenged by something he sees or learns about, is fascinated enough to figure “it” out and try to craft it himself. A self-taught craftsman who became a carpenter and cabinetmaker, Ed has perfected the art of miniature wood models, from the 14’ long replica of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge to the minute detail on his many carvings of early fire engines and the tiny trappings of the horses pulling the many carriages he has carved. Ed carves horses with saddles and without. He has carved Queen Elizabeth’s coronation carriage, American Civil War cannons and caissons, covered bridges, locomotives, stagecoaches and the Oglebay Mansion Museum.

David Doughty

David Doughty

This retired artist never stops. He built his studio, a complete house. He remodeled and redesigned ARTWORKS’ storage room. Ed rarely sleeps, and when he does he probably dreams up projects in his sleep.

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Paint Historic Wheeling opens for August Gallery Hop

Liz Neumann paints in Centre Market

Liz Neumann paints in Centre Market

Area residents have an opportunity to see the beauty of our city through the eyes of talented artists during the Paint Historic Wheeling exhibit, which is the August Gallery Hop at ARTWORKS around town, opening Friday, August 8th.

This event brought together dozens of artists from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to paint “en plein air” – a French expression for painting “in the open air.” Artists set up their paint boxes and easels throughout the city, capturing Wheeling’s charming neighborhoods on canvas.

Paintings created during the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of August will be on exhibit and for sale throughout the month of August at the gallery. The hop is held at ARTWORKS around town, which is located in the Centre Market. The public is always welcome to attend the Gallery Hop openings, which start at 5 o’clock and run until 8. Light refreshments will be served.

Janet Sheehan prepares canvas for paint

Janet Sheehan prepares canvas for paint

This year’s Paint Historic Wheeling event marked the ninth annual plein air event to take place in the Wheeling area. Artists chose to create their paintings anywhere around the city including Victorian Old Town, the Historic Centre Market District and along the waterfront with beautiful views of the Ohio River and the historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge.

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“Interlocking Threads” weaves through ARTWORKS for June Gallery Hop

“Interlocking Threads” featuring the artwork of Christie Wilfong, is one of the most unique shows that has ever been shown by the ARTWORKS around town gallery in it’s 15 year history. The gallery hop is on First Friday, June 6TH, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. Christie Wilfong 1Wilfong’s fabric art work is an awesome display of the human tenacity of a determined artisan. As always, accompanying the Studio Gallery display of Wilfong’s fabric art, the North Gallery will feature the work of the Children’s Home of Wheeling. All gallery hop openings at ARTWORKS around town are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

As and additional attraction, the June opening will also include author Alan Fitzpatrick’s presentation and signing of his third and newest local history book, “PLACE OF THE SKULL.” Make sure you attend in order to get your very own signed copy!

Christie Wilfong, ARTWORKS around town’s June featured artist, has been involved in artistic endeavors since childhood. She is currently finishing her 15th quilt. This ARTWORKS show will be her first showing of nothing but her textile pieces, including quilts, jackets, wall hangings, scarves, and handbags.Wilfong 2

During her early childhood in Weston, West Virginia, Christie began imitating local artists, weavers, and glass artists. Weaving at an early age, Christie worked on a frame loom designed and built by her brother from a recycled window frame. Later, during her high school years, Christie trained as a dressmaker and upholsterer.

Then in 2001, a mild stroke occurred as the result of post radiotherapy syndrome from treatment for a brain tumor. Christie’s computer and mathematic studies at Glenville State College were interrupted by medical treatments. She then turned to quilting to retrain herself in her skills of sewing. Becoming an accomplished and skilled quilter, Christie’s “Grandma’s Quilt Pieces” was selected for display in the 2006 ROMPP show.

Although Christie has many craft skills, her first love is weaving. Her only formal training in weaving was spending a year weaving with Julia Bragg at the Heritage Craft Guild in Jackson’s Mill, West Virginia. Other than that, Christie is a self-taught quilter and weaver. Her specialty is creating traditional or “tabby” woven pieces, “paintings in fabric” using vivid colors and textures.

Wilfong 3A second stroke temporarily halted Christie from weaving on a large loom. That’s when the weaver became a teacher as well. Christie taught her mother Donna to weave the designs that she created for shows. Christie is constantly learning new techniques and investigating new media. Christie has since been able to resume her weaving with the help of a special bench, built by friends, for the large loom.

Between 2006 and 2010, Christie has exhibited her creations in over 30 different venues in West Virginia, including arts and craft fairs, galleries, and while giving special demonstrations. A dream of Christie’s was to have her own studio space to create her works of art. In 2012, that dream came true. Christie now has a newly built studio where she is able to weave, quilt, and live, in a space customized for her. As her mother and creative partner says, “Art is good therapy.” Christie Wilfong has created a marvelous, all textile show for the patrons of ARTWORKS, a unique and inventive display by a hard working inventive artisan.

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Beyond Boundaries Opens As May Gallery Hop

“Watermedia to the MAX” should be the title of the newest show at Artworks Around Town opening Friday, May 2, 2014, for the newest gallery hop from 5:30-8PM at the Centre Market. Trish McKinney, Karen Becker Benedetti, and Rose Huart are amazing Ohio artists working in watermedia. In the North Gallery will be the art work of Union Local High School. These students are exemplary artists and crafts persons. All gallery hops are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are provided.

Benedetti Caressing_The_Shore

Benedetti Caressing_The_Shore

Trish McKinney, Karen Becker Benedetti and Rosie Huart are watermedia artists to the “enth” degree. These women are working in any and all watermedias with their many chosen techniques that can be used. They draw inspiration from life around them and translate it for the viewer.

Watermedia can mean any media using water as a basis including watercolor in tubes, liquids, and pans as well as acrylic, acrylic inks, gouache, casein, and fluid acrylic. These water mediums are manipulated using a variety of tools from brushes to using water itself. Working on handmade and self-made papers, including collage, these women push themselves to explore new textures and strive for unpredictable results.

Karen specializes in creating work with layers on watercolor paper, boards, or canvases. Trish uses the colors of her childhood and her relationships with the human spirit to create mixed watermedia pieces which are poured using no brushes but are created in color manipulated by water. Rosie’s works include techniques using calligraphy, papermaking combined with bookmaking, creative writing, and poetry.

Huart Mystical_Forest

Huart Mystical_Forest

These women take their inspiration from a variety of experiences. Rosie uses Eastern spirituality. Trish’s fascination with color has always inspired her since a child, colors’ spontaneity and vibrancy aid in her creating her vibrant artwork. Karen’s work is nature oriented centering on landscapes using earth forms as her primary focus.

Trish and Rosie have conducted workshops in France, Greece, and Italy. Along with Karen these women have written many publications (their own books) and have been the subject of published articles about their creations in numerous artistic magazines. Trish has also been an illustrator.

All three members of this fascinating group have won a LARGE variety of awards from local, regional, as well as national watercolor and watermedia shows. These amazing women have taught workshops, seminars, and given demonstrations both in the United States and in Europe. They have won prizes in shows across the United States and their works are part of numerous private and corporate collections.

McKinney Gossamer

McKinney Gossamer

Wheeling area art patrons are in for a special treat for the month of May. The fascinating works created by these three unique artists will be displayed at Artworks until May 27th. As always, Artworks strives to bring the public the best and most unique art experiences in the area. Visit our gallery at the Centre Market, 2200 Market Street, Wheeling.

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Francisco Amaya Featured Artist at March Gallery Hop

Francisco Amaya 1

“Local Painter Captures Lost Wheeling Architecture” should read the headline for the newest show at Artworks around town opening on First Friday, March 7, 2014, from 5:30 to 8:00PM at the Studio Gallery at 2200 Market St, Centre Market.  Francisco Amaya, born and raised in Wheeling, returns with his wonderful paintings and some drawings, many of buildings of Wheeling’s past that no longer exist.

Francisco Amaya

Francisco Amaya

The Sexual Assault Help Center displays their art work in the North Gallery.  Art therapy for these victims of abuse results in the creation of some very intriguing artwork. These two shows will open with a reception of light refreshments and an opportunity to meet Francisco Amaya and many Artworks’ artists, as well.

Francisco Amaya, a Wheeling native, returns to delight us with paintings and drawings of nature as well as technology.  Lines, created by the commonplace in our visual lives, become important in Francisco’s work.  The ubiquitous tree branches, power lines, streetlights and signage take on an importance in Amaya’s work.  “I find an element of the sublime in these street corner images.  When the sun spectacularly backlights the branches of a tree, there is breathtaking abundance that I try to capture in some of my paintings,” explains Amaya.

Some of Amaya’s drawings have captured images of demolished architecture, which has been lost to all of us.  Since 2008, he has created a collection of fuzzy drawings commemorating buildings no longer with us, an important part of our lost urban landscape.  After earlier art projects had Francisco creating drawings of lost building in Buffalo, NY and Richmond, VA, Amaya was excited to make similar drawings of lost urban architecture in the area where he was born and raised.

Francisco Amaya 2

Some lost architecture of Wheeling that is included in this local project is the Eoff Street Temple, Mt deChantal Academy, and the Old Main Linsly building at Thedah Place (Kroger’s).  Amaya had also created drawings of some lost Pittsburgh architecture such as Three Rivers Stadium and the Syria Mosque.  Using a fuzzy “shady hand” technique, Amaya feels this scribbled method allows for a less distinct outline and emphasizes, “the quality of memories, fading and just out of reach. What remains is a floating and unanchored mass of lines that resolves itself into a pen and ink version of a building long gone.”

Amaya works predominantly in the areas of painting and drawing, but has also produced hand-printed editions of work as a printmaker.  He holds a BFA from WVU and a MFA from the University at Buffalo.  His work has been exhibited nationally for over 15 years in solo and group shows.  He has worked as a college instructor of studio art, art history, and the humanities at WVU, the University at Buffalo and Villa Maria College.  Currently he teaches at Fairmont State University.

 

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Artworks’ President Liz Neumann Warms February Gallery Hop

 

Liz Neumann

Artist Liz Neumann

Foxberry

Foxberry

First Friday at Artworks Around Town welcomes Liz Neumann to the Studio Gallery at 2200 Market Street in Historic Wheeling’s Centre Market.  The opening reception will run from 5 to 8 PM this Friday, February 7th.  The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.  The gallery show artist will be present as will many of the Artworks artists.  Liz Neumann discovered her love of art at an early age.  At 10 years old, her talents were rewarded as the Girl Scouts commissioned her to create artwork for a calendar.  Decades later, she still accepts commissions and fashions her own creations, working primarily in acrylics with palette knives and fiber brushes.

A Wheeling native, Liz gives much credit to Oglebay Institute for developing her talent.   Years of taking classes from local and traveling artists have given her an opportunity to explore all mediums and feel comfortable with her techniques and abilities.

Casey

Casey

Liz is a founding member and current president of Artworks Around Town. This non-profit gallery at 2200 Market Street in Wheeling features a rotating collection of hundreds of creations by Wheeling-area artists.  She is a member of The Arts and Humanities Commission of Wheeling and as such, assists in spearheading the Wheeling Arts Fest and other artistic endeavors.

Among the leaders of the annual Paint Historic Wheeling (formerly Paint Oglebay), Liz is also co-founder of the Lobster Fest for the Arts fundraiser held each May at Wheeling’s Centre Market.

English Village

English Village

Liz is proud to have her works displayed in homes and offices throughout Wheeling, as well as in private collections across the globe.  A member of Journees de Pienture, Liz travels each summer to paint with other artists from England, France, Switzerland, Germany and the United States, and will assist in hosting the group when they come this June to paint in the United States.

The North Gallery, will feature work of the friends & family of Artworks.  This is a very popular show and will feature many up and coming local artists.

Flowers On Cherry Table

Flowers On Cherry Table

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. ARTWORKS around town’s Mission is to promote and encourage public interest in support of the arts, offer quality arts programming for all ages, and provide opportunities to display art work in a gallery setting for students of art as well as for accomplished artists in the local community and the region. The Gallery and Art Center is operated by The Board of Directors with assistance from artist associates and other volunteers from the local community and region. It depends for its financial support primarily on contributions, gifts and grants.

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Betsy Cox to Brighten the New Year at Artworks Gallery Hop

Betsy Cox

Betsy Cox

ARTWORKS around town is proud to host the works of Glen Dale artist Betsy Cox as their featured artist in the Studio Gallery for the month of January. The gallery has a reputation of presenting quality artists for the patrons of Wheeling to meet, and providing an evening to enjoy their works. Betsy continues that tradition and then some! An open reception for the public will be held on Friday evening, January 3rd from 5:00 to 8:00 in the gallery, to view the artist’s work. Hors d’oeuvres and appetizers will be served.

Betsy Cox is a native of Glen Dale, WV where she operates and maintains her studio, Echo Valley Pottery.

Time In A Bottle

Time In A Bottle

Her works are primarily pit-fired, Raku, Horse hair, saggar fired, Wood-fired and traditionally glazed pottery. Betsy is a Member of Artworks around town, the WV Craftsman’s Guild, Charter member of the American Potter’s Council, NCECA Member, and member of the American Ceramics Society.

Chicken Pox

Chicken Pox

Betsy’s work is featured at Tamarack, MountainMade  and numerous galleries and shops in the Pittsburgh area. Betsy’s work has been featured in Sterling Publishings Books, 500 Tiles, 500 Raku and various magazines and calendars. Her works have been exhibited and honored in many area and international venues.

Betsy says “clay is my medium of choice because it is both hard and soft, allowing you to mold and transform it in many ways.  I then have control over its transformation to a hard permanent object.  I draw my inspirations from nature, memories and everyday life.  I am fascinated with chickens and crows.  So I have been told that I have birds on the brain.  Hence “BirdBrain” came about.  “Chicken Pox” was drawn from a childhood memory in my Granpa’s chicken house.”

The Fat White Hen

The Fat White Hen

Reliquaries to Roosters, Ravens and Rogues:

Of her show, Betsy says, “this exhibition will be a collection of ceramic wall and sculptural works. They are dedicated to my Muses. The roosters have been a part of my life since childhood. From my Grandfather’s guinea hens that chased me, to me chasing hens for the Sunday Dinner. The Ravens have always been a fascination for me. With their dark presence, ominous cawing and otherworldliness. They caw every morning from studio rooftop and always drop me a present in the form of a feather. Their 4 claws represent the elements, fire, earth, water and air, all of which are needed to create my works. The Rogue part comes by way of me. I have always been a loner, a leader and one to do my own thing, may it be right or wrong in the eyes of some. My work is like that; there is no right or wrong way to create it. I just do it. The works are all ceramic pieces created by hand-building or wheelwork. They also contain various gifts and finds that I have collected along my path thru life.”

The Loner

The Loner

Please join us for this wonderful show and participate in the first “First Friday” of 2014.

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. ARTWORKS around town’s Mission is to: promote and encourage public interest in support of the arts, offer quality arts programming for all ages, and provide opportunities to display art work in a gallery setting for students of art as well as for accomplished artists in the local community and the region. The Gallery and Art Center is operated by The Board of Directors with assistance from artist associates and other volunteers from the local community and region. It depends for its financial support primarily on contributions, gifts and grants.

Artists may apply to be juried for exhibiting in the gallery. Through this jury process the Board of Directors considers artistic merit, content and craftsmanship as well as the applicant’s resonance with the Mission of the Gallery and Art Center, and the availability of space.

As a special feature, artists whose works are on display are found in the gallery as guides, providing interaction with visitors, and often opportunities to watch the creative process. These artist associates also support the mission of ARTWORKS around town by volunteering to help with office work and maintenance, teaching workshops, curating and hanging shows and many other aspects of the day-to-day functioning of the Gallery and Art Center.

The Gallery and Art Center is located at 2200 Market Street, in the Upper Market House of the Historic Centre Market Area.

For more information please visit us on the web at: http://www.artworksaroundtown.com

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Cheryl Harshman and Christine Rhodes Highlight the November Gallery Hop

Cheryl Harshman 1

Cheryl Harshman 1

Innovation, inventiveness, strong impressions and positive attitudes are exuded by the works of two unassuming women artists who have each produced a very strong body of work. These award-winning women have studied hard and gathered their inspiration from fellow artists and their immediate surroundings. They have a strong work ethic, which is defined through their work. Each has worked hard to make progress in their respective fields. Their new works are being shown at the November 1st, First Friday “Gallery Hop” opening at Artworks around town. The gallery hop runs from 5 to 8 and is open to the public. Artworks around town is located in the Historic Wheeling Centre Market, at 2200 Market Street. Ms. Harshman and Ms. Rhodes, as well as many of the Artworks’ artists, will be present to meet the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Cheryl Harshman started with a needle and thread and now produces large abstract, colorfully strong pieces which represents her ideas of “putting puzzle pieces together and exploring the ‘what ifs’ of creation and the thrill of that creating.” Emerging from a long line of craftspeople, brick masons, fiber artists, painters, potters, and gardeners, Cheryl has crafted her own way of making her individual “things”.

Cheryl Harshman 2

Cheryl Harshman 2

After taking a clay monoprint workshop with Mitch Lyons, Cheryl realized her creative life had changed. Her prints, combined with her collage and painting has pushed her work into new areas of exploration. Each stitch, each mark, each brush stroke she makes, changes the work and moves it in a new and different direction. Cheryl’s work is ever progressing and changing.

RhodesC_Nautilus

RhodesC_Nautilus

Christine Rhodes, from Parkersburg, is another West Virginia artist that is influenced by her surroundings and expresses her interest in nature in her experimental and strong work. Recent works exude a powerful force from this diminutive five-foot frame and quiet demeanor, which has been influenced by nature’s rocks, water, and words. Influenced by a recent trip to Colorado in 2011, in whose Rocky Mountains, boulder lined canyons and rushing mountain streams, Christine found other abstract subjects for her mixed media approach. Rocks and water took on new meaning for this artist. Sometimes a word describing the scene resulted in a new body of work, a personal interpretation of the power, strength, and majesty of creation.

RhodesC_VeinOfGold

RhodesC_VeinOfGold

These two women are their own forces of nature. Their interpretations of nature and its power need to be seen to be appreciated. These women are original, strong artists with stories to tell in their work. The work is exceptional, new, and original and will be a feast for your senses.

The North Gallery, our student gallery, will feature the students of Shauna Benson from Union Local Elementary School. Shauna’s students create the most refreshing artwork. This school’s work is a perennial treat.

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