Holiday Highlights at Artworks

There are only days left to take advantage of the wonderful array of gift items in the Holiday Show at Artworks Around Town.  The exhibit will change the first of December but the vast selection of gifts continues throughout the Gallery.  These three works by member artists, Joy Polling, Larry Travis and Laura Bitely represent just a few of the original pieces for sale six days a week, from ten until five thirty at Artworks Around Town in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market.

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Holiday Highlights – Jeff Mamone

Everything Jeff Mamone creates is from “scratch”.  Just as in a recipe for a good cake, the ingredients are many and carefully mixed resulting in a truly hand made original item.  Pictured here is an array of some of his Holiday offerings at Artworks Around Town.  The clock is the product of many layers of textures and mediums.  The pendants are made of metals such as copper, silver and brass with paint and encaustic touches.  The oil lamp is made from a vintage bottle.  Visit the Gallery in Wheeling’s Centre Market for these and many more gift ideas for Holiday shopping needs.

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ARTWORKS Holiday Gift Show 2022 opens November 4th

Friday, November 4, 2022 is the opening of the Holiday Gift Show at ARTWORKS around town.  A festive Gallery Hop will usher in new and varied works by the Gallery’s own artists.  The reception will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with light refreshments served. The party is free and open to the public.

Studio Gallery curator, Janet Sheehan challenged members to come up with works depicting Holiday themes, snow scenes or whatever inspired them to create something new.  There will be paintings, fine art photographs, woven and knitted items as well as jewelry.  Both the Studio and Student Galleries in the north end will be full of original items that will make wonderful one-of-a-kind Holiday gifts.

Shopping is an easy and pleasant experience at ARTWORKS.  Enjoy a cup of coffee in the newly relocated coffee shop and stroll through the Gallery.  Gift Certificates are available as well as a vast array of works by area artists.  Artworks is open six days a week from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  It is a nonprofit Gallery and fine arts organization located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market.  Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Gallery please go to the website: artworksaroundtown.org  for details and an application.

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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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