Fresh, vibrant work done by students of St. John Central Academy will be on display from mid May through July 2020 in the student gallery of ARTWORKS around town in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market. The black and white photographs of artists, Larry Travis, Guilio Cappelletti and Len Smith continue to be featured in the Studio Gallery. Because of COVID 19 restrictions, a reception cannot be part of this celebration of talent but the works are up and visitors are encouraged to come in and enjoy both of these shows.

Under the expert guidance of teacher – artist, Bobbi Priebe, students, with no prior formalized instruction in art techniques, have produced works worthy of note. St. John Central Academy opened its doors in August 2019 for students from Pre-K through 12th grade.  All the students are taught art but due to limited space, only the work of the high school students is displayed at this show.

The students’ learning experience began with an introduction to basic technical skills and craftsmanship in various media, from doing a simple sketch of a dog to drawing in three-point perspective.  Instructor Priebe states, “ They were introduced to the concepts of studium and punctum, and learned to articulate the effects context plays on making sense of observed images.  They learned about the role art plays in a community and why lifelong appreciation of art is important.”

The students learned how to work with watercolors by using a wet-on-wet technique and  learned what is meant by “negative space”. They mixed primary and secondary acrylic paints to obtain the colors they wanted to use in their paintings.

Throughout the recent school closures due to COVID-19,  the students continued to draw, paint, photograph and submit their work for evaluation, assessment and grading.  Priebe conveys this message from her students “They would like to invite the public to come to ARTWORKS around town to view, enjoy and appreciate some of the work that they have been able to accomplish in this their first and unconventional year of art instruction. Priebe has been an active member of ARTWORKS around town for years and her work is unique.  In addition to art, she is teaching sociology at the Academy. ARTWORKS around town is a gallery dedicated to promoting local artists and providing community educational programs.  Located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market. Hours are 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Fridays when closing is at 6 p.m.  To learn more about becoming a member of ARTWORKS, please go to our website:

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ARTWORKS to re-open!!

After almost a two-month closure due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, ARTWORKS around town is pleased to announce it will re-open on Monday, May 18, 2020. Located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market, the art gallery has been shuttered in order to protect the health and well-being of its members and guests.

Limited hours of operation will be in effect at first.  Opening will be at 10 a.m. and closing will be at 4 p.m. until June 1, 2020 when the gallery will return to closing at 5:30 Monday through Saturday, and 6 p.m. on Fridays.

Member artists will greet you with smiling eyes and masks for a while.  Guest artist exhibits, receptions and “Gallery Hops” as well as classes/workshops will be suspended for the foreseeable future but will continue as soon as deemed safe to do so.

Visit the gallery soon to celebrate the artists (who have missed seeing you) and their amazing work, some of which was completed during the quarantine.  ARTWORKS around town is a gallery dedicated to promoting local artists and community educational programs.  Anyone interested in becoming a member, please see the website: for details.

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“Departure From Reality” Opens February 7th at ARTWORKS

The title of February’s show, “Departure From Reality” promises to provide a stunning glimpse into the perceptions of three of the area’s finest photographers.  Giulio Cappelletti, Larry Travis and Len Smith are teaming up to present their photographs at ARTWORKS around town for the month of February.  They will greet visitors at a free reception on Friday, Feb. 7th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Studio Gallery in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market.

A longtime member of ARTWORKS, Giulio Cappelletti considers most of the photographs he exhibits to be Fine Art Travel Photography.  He believes photography is an emotional experience for him, and one of his goals is to share that experience with the viewer.  His interest in photography began early on when he processed his own black and white film in the darkroom.  At that time, his primary subject matter involved street scenes in his hometown, Washington, D.C.

Cappelletti has made the change to digital photography and the “digital darkroom”.  He still processes and prints his own images, using archival ink and professional fine art papers.  He believes, to truly appreciate a photograph, it must be printed.  In this show, he revisits his love for black and white photography.  While color can be beautiful, he feels it can distract the viewer from the “tones, form and texture of the scene”.  He has won awards in several shows and enjoys teaching his skill to others.  No matter what his subject, his work evokes a mood of peace and reflection.

Larry Travis is also a member of ARTWORKS around town.  A life-long resident of West Virginia, he has photographed nature’s images in his native state, as well as locations such as the high deserts of Arizona and the marshes of South Carolina’s low-country.  His work is memorable and vivid.  In it he endeavors to “capture an unexpected moment and preserve it in a piece of fine art.”

Travis has won Merit Awards in both state and International competitions including Professional Photographers of WV, Professional Photographers of America and Epson International Pano Awards.  He is a juried member of Tamarack, the Best of West Virginia, Beckley, WV.  His fine art photography has been included in exhibits of the David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery at Tamarack, including The Best of WV Open Juried Exhibit.  See his artwork by

Len Smith is a native of Shadyside, Ohio.  He has been a student of physical science, mathematics and astronomy since he was young.  He was interested in optics and telescope making early on as well.  Buying his first camera in 1973, he used it on his telescopes to take photos of the night sky.  He soon started taking photographs in daylight and enjoyed the “learning challenge” that kind of work presented.  While raising his children with wife Mary Anne, his photos were mostly family oriented.

Since buying his first digital camera in 2000, he has continued to evolve with the changes and improvements in digital processing and printing technology.  It has caused him to take an entirely different approach to his photography.  He still has purist roots but once the image is captured by the camera, “I now use digital processing to produce what I call ‘The Realization of Reality’, which tries to portray what your brain ‘sees’ in my image, as opposed to what your eye (and camera) records.”  He goes on to state “…digital manipulation has exploded in the past two decades.  It is an exciting time for photography and printing.”

Smith, with a long-standing background in electronics, is a purist designer and builder of speakers and amplifiers for the music that he enjoys (all types).  He still enjoys the night sky and continues his reading in the physical sciences and mathematics.

Artists who are Teachers will be the focus of the student section of the north end gallery.  Sandy Hadsell has collected work of the teachers who guide students through the creation of artwork in all mediums.ARTWORKS around town is a gallery dedicated to promoting local artists and community educational programs.  Located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market, hours are from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except Friday, when closing is at 6 p.m.  To learn more about becoming a member of ARTWORKS, please go to the website:

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Janet Wang at ARTWORKS in January

World traveler and noted artist Janet Wang will appear in the Studio Gallery at ARTWORKS around town on Friday January 3, 2020.  A free public reception from 5:30 – 8 p.m. will open the show for the month of January.  She will present pieces in all three of her favorite mediums, oil, pastel and watercolor.

Wang has been making art since she was young.  She used her free time between studying, preparing exams or doing homework to practice her skills in drawing and painting.  She was born in Taiwan and came to the United States in 1970 to pursue a graduate degree in Pharmaceutics.  She married and had two children.

While in school, she took painting classes during her free time on Saturdays.  More recently, she has studied with Mark Flemming, Bob Sako and Christine Swann.  She has always appreciated the beauty of her surroundings.  This passion has led her to take photographs and make pencil sketches which she uses as reference material for her landscape paintings.  Since 2016, she has taken part in the Journeys de Peinture Internationales, an international group of plein air painters who meet every year in a different host country.  She has painted in England, Switzerland, Germany, France and Wheeling.

Wang works primarily in oil although she enjoys watercolor and pastel painting as well.  Every Monday, she joins friends at the Independent Artists Group to practice her figure drawing skills while drawing from a live model at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Center.

The student side of the North End of the gallery will feature small works of art.  Member artists and guests will be displaying works in various mediums no larger than 9”x12” in size.

Betsy Cox curates the Studio Gallery and Sandra Hadsell oversees the Student section.  ARTWORKS around town is a gallery dedicated to serving juried artists as well as the community through outreach programming.  Anyone interested in joining ARTWORKS, please go to the website:  Located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market, hours are from 10 a.m. until 5 :30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closing on Fridays is at 6 p.m.

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New Members Show Opens at Artworks

Every December, new artists who have been juried in to Artworks during the year have a show in the Studio Gallery.  This year, three talented people will present their work during this special exhibit.  Beverly West, Karen Catlett and Dallin Evans will be present to greet the public at a free reception during the Gallery Hop on December 6, 2019.

The Student Gallery will feature the works of students from Martins Ferry Middle and High Schools under the direction of Natalie Zambori.


Bev West is part of a very creative family.  Her three older sisters were her earliest inspirations.  She has been interested in fiber art ever since high school, starting with sewing and knitting and as an adult, moving on to weaving and macramé.  Recently, she has been focusing on wall hangings and home decor.

Wheeling native, Karen Catlett creates wonderful paintings and unique jewelry made by weaving beads together.  Catlett has studied with some of America’s finest watercolor artists.  Her style is a harmonious balance of emotional energy and visual beauty and she draws on her love of nature and vast travel experiences for her subject matter.  Her works have won numerous awards and have been exhibited widely.  She has conducted workshops and programs for numerous art leagues and civic groups across the country.


Dallin Evans is the featured “Young Artist Spotlight” at Artworks.  Originally from a small town in southern Arizona, he studied watercolor and Bauhaus style printmaking at Southern Virginia University.  He then pursued a masters in architecture from Syracuse University in New York.  He is currently a Generation West Virginia Fellow, a program which invites young talent to the mountain state to live and work.  He is working as a junior architect for McKinley Architects and Engineers.  He states that the artwork helps him with stress.  His work is fresh and vibrant.


Artworks is a gallery and education center dedicated to serving artists and the community.  Located at 2200 Market Street in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market, hours are Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except for Friday when closing is at 6 p.m.  Anyone interested in becoming a member, please consult the website at

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“For Being” and Ohio Valley Photography Club at Gallery Hop

A double treat is in store for guests at ARTWORKS around town during the month of September.  A group of four student artists will present their work in the Studio Gallery and The Ohio Valley Photography Club will display their work in the Student section of the North Gallery.  The exhibits open with a free public reception at the Gallery Hop on Friday, September 6, 2019, from 5:30- 8 p.m. in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market, 2200 Market St.

“For Being” is the title of the show in the guest gallery.  The work includes painting, print making and photography and is presented by four students pursuing their educations in art, art education and elementary education.  Annabella Paree, a member of the group, commented “For Being is a collective yet individual group of work that centers around four students /friends with their ideas that explore the many stages and experiences of personal life.” Even though these artists “have only experienced life for a short while”, they want to convey certain aspects of living that are meaningful and impactful and they will do this through their art.

Annabella Paree, a Wheeling native, is a 20 year old painter and student at West Virginia University.  She is working towards a Bachelors Degree in the field of Art Education.  In her words, she wants to “further her research into studying an individual as a subject with a medium of oil painting in the form of portraits”.

Also from Wheeling is William Tallman , a 20 year old photographer.  He is currently seeking a Bachelors Degree in Visual Communication Design from West Liberty University.  Tallman plans to use his skills to document his love of traveling  and photography with a goal to create a photojournalism magazine.

Faith McCardle is a 21 year old artist seeking her bachelors in Art Education from WVU.  She is a printmaker who uses bright colors to alter the overall feeling or message of the print.  In McCardle’s words she “uses printmaking to tell small events in her life that have shaped her into who she is today, and uses artwork as a way to connect to others on a friend level”.  

Katherine Stamper is a 21 year old illustrator from Glen Dale, WV.  She is studying for two Bachelor Degrees, Art Education and Elementary Education.  She feels this experience of displaying her work at Artworks is an opportunity to be more involved in the community.

On the other side of the North Gallery the  works of The Ohio Valley Photography Club will be on display.  The group provides an informal environment for photographers of all skill levels who use any and all types of photographic equipment and editing software.  In the words of member Sharon Slokan, “The Club strives to meet, explore and expand creative vision and technical knowledge in a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere”.

The thirty five member group has an active schedule of meetings held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the Wheeling area.  The members create and present information about their areas of interest, which may include, nature, cityscape, events, family, macro, night and sports.  The club has been fortunate in having local professional photographers share their knowledge with members.  They occasionally schedule photo sessions at times and places other than regular meetings, allowing for a sharing of knowledge and to interact in a less structured environment.  The club displays as a group, in several exhibits a year and some of their members have been accepted into juried events. “ IN Wheeling Magazine” has featured the club in a recent publication.  Young adults to older adults are welcomed and encouraged to attend several meetings before joining the club.  Slokan remarks “If you love photography like we do, check out the Ohio Valley Photography Club on Facebook or contact us at for more information.”     There will be a special mention of celebrated photographer and friend of the group, Jay Stock at he opening on September 6.

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 at 2200 Market Street, hours are 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 of Artworks, please access the website

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Gina Judy Featured at August Gallery Hop

Renowned artist, Gina Judy will open her exhibit in the Studio Gallery at Artworks around townon Friday, August 2nd.  The month long show will begin with a free reception from 5:30 – 8 p.m. and is open to the public.  Judy is a Steubenville, Ohio native whose teaching career spanned thirty years and included all grade levels.  Her students were repeatedly recognized at the regional and state levels.  Judy was recognized as an Ohio Region East Outstanding Art Educator and named to the OAEA Circa-Society of Membership.  She now teaches art workshops to other artists, the most recent being in Cambridge, Ohio for The Southeastern Ohio Watermedia Society (also serving as their Vice President).

Artists Viewing Art and Artist

While at Bethany College, she studied with the late Wes Wagner whose influence instilled in her a love of watercolor.  She earned her BA there and went on to obtain her MA at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  Her education continued by taking workshops with such notable artists as Frank Webb, Barry Jeter, Kathleen Zimbicki, Gerald Brommer and Pat Dews.  Retiring five years ago, Judy has exhibited in 12 states and in 17 shows that have required a national / international screening, and has placed in one of them.  Her other talents include being a freelance wedding photographer, a muralist as well as a college trained pianist.

Judy’s associations and awards are numerous and impressive.  She is a new Signature member of the Alaska Watercolor Society and an associate member of a number of state societies, including OWS, where she has been accepted into this year’s show in Mansfield, Ohio, only one of nine to do so.  Judy is also a member of a number of Pittsburgh art leagues, including three that require jurying for membership, Pittsburgh Society of Artists included.  She is also Vice President of Jefferson county Retired Teachers and the Steubenville Art association.  Highlights of 2019 include; receiving First Place in the “Waterworks” Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Member Show from Sarah Hall, Chief Curator at The Frick, Pittsburgh, being included in the Erie Art Museum Spring Show, The Hoyt Art Center Regional (New Castle, PA), Pikes Peak International Watercolor Show, Alaska Watercolor Society, West Virginia National Aqueous, two Webster-Arts National Shows (St. Louis, MO) and receiving first place awards in a number of local / regional shows in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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Judy’s artist’s statement: “As a retired Ohio public school art educator of 30 years it only follows that I would feel that artists should be lifelong learners in their craft; do a lot of ‘looking’ and a lot of exploration into different techniques and media.  An artist should continuously grow and evolve; once you think you’ve ‘arrived’, you’re actually done for.”

Wheeling’s Laughlin Chapel will display member’s work in the student gallery in the north end of Artworks during August.  Artworks around townInc. 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 at 2200 Market St. in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market, the hours are from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Friday when closing is at 6 p.m.  For information about applying for membership, information and application form can be found on the website:

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Cecy Rose and Alan Fitzpatrick featured at June First Friday

ARTWORKS around town is honored to welcome two fine artists for the month of June.  Cecy Rose and Alan Fitzpatrick will greet guests at a free reception on Friday, June 7, 2019  at ARTWORK’S North Gallery in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market, from 5:30-8 p.m.  Cecy Rose has had a long history of making art, while Alan Fitzpatrick is a relative newcomer to the process.

            Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Rose obtained her MFA in painting at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.  She moved to Wheeling in 1977 after a brief time teaching and working in Pittsburgh, Pa.  Since making her home here, she has taught at Northern Community College (in addition to serving as first time in-house graphic artist for the institution) and Stifel Fine Arts Center.  She has also given private lessons in her own studio.  Her instruction includes many workshops in drawing, printmaking, mixed media and watercolor on Yupo.  In June of 2018 she retired from teaching.

            Rose discovered the beauty of working on Yupo which is unique and unlike traditional watercolor papers.  It takes color very differently from either rough, cold or hot press surfaces.  According to the internet, Yupo “is a recyclable, tree- free synthetic paper…extruded from polypropylene pellets.”  Rose states about working with Yupo, “It seems more adaptive to experimentation, though water media experts would probably beg to differ, than working in traditional watercolor on paper.”

            Whatever medium Rose uses, her work is stunning and fresh.  She has exhibited and won awards many times.  Her association with the Independent Artists Group is long standing, having been a founding member along with Joe Raymond, nearly 20 years ago.  Held on Mondays at the Stifel Fine Arts Center, the group has a live model to work from.  Fitzpatrick is also a member of the Independent Artists Group.

            Born in Saskatchewan, Fitzpatrick was surrounded by classmates of Canada’s First Nations which led to his life-long affinity for Native People.  His interest in drawing and painting was side tracked when he moved to the United States as a teenager.  After working as a psychologist and business owner, Fitzpatrick turned his attention to studying 18th century history.  He became a respected historian, author and lecturer.  He wrote four non-fiction books, Wilderness War on the Ohio, In Their Own Words, Place of the Skull and the White Indians.  In many cases, he used first person reports and records to glean information found in his works.

            Fitzpatrick is self-taught.  He began his current art journey several years ago with a drawing class taught by Pat Jacobson, later taking Janet Sheehan’s watercolor class, both held at ARTWORKS.  Oils have been his favorite medium for two years as he focuses his efforts largely on portraiture.  Fitzpatrick states he places “an emphasis on capturing the emotion and spirit of individuals in an ultra-realistic style, whether it is a historical character from the 18th century or a contemporary model.”  He surprises his audience constantly with his compelling  portraits.  He paints daily.

            Cecy Rose will present a Yupo workshop on June 15th at ARTWORKS from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a half hour break for lunch and a fifteen minute critique at the end.  Size of class is limited.  For more information and a list of supplies needed, check out The ARTWORKS website or call the desk at 304-233-7540.  ARTWORKS is a non-profit organization offering display and sales space for juried artists as well as providing ongoing community outreach activities.  Hours are 10 a.m. – 5:30, Monday – Saturday except for Fridays when closing is at 6 p.m.  For information about how to join ARTWORKS, consult the website.

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Bob Dombrowski featured at ARTWORKS Gallery Hop

 ARTWORKS around town curator, Betsy Cox announces Bob Dombrowski will display his stunning paintings at the upcoming Gallery Hop. This is the first celebration since the group redesigned and renovated its space last month.  Guests will be able to greet Mr. Dombrowski and see his art at a free reception beginning at 5:30 on Friday, May 3rd.

St. Clairsville native, Bob Dombrowski is a nationally known and revered artist.  For the past two decades he has produced privately and commercially commissioned projects, as well as personally-inspired pieces.  Spanning a full spectrum of mediums, his paintings are done in oil, acrylic and watercolor.  He has rendered crisp images in pen and ink as well.  His education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University.  He also studied in New York City at The Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts.

Dombrowski’s paintings have been featured in galleries in New York City, Los Angeles, Provincetown and other parts of the country including  several closer to home.  Stifel Fine Arts Center, Three Labs Salvage and the Nutting Gallery have all shown his works.  His illustrations have appeared in books by St. Martin’s Press, Random House, Scholastic and other major publishers in addition to national and local magazines.  Dombrowski’s murals and trompe l’oeil pieces grace private homes and corporate offices all across the country.

According to Dombrowski’s website (, he is “a skilled colorist who vividly expresses form, light and emotion.”  Examples of his work bear this out, whatever medium he uses. his works exhibit rich textures and vibrant colors.

The newly refurbished North Gallery will host the work of students from Union Local High School.  ARTWORKS around town is a non profit gallery and arts center dedicated to promoting work of local artists and providing community educational programs.  Located at 2200 Market Street,  hours of operation are from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Friday when closing is at 6 p.m.  Artists interested in applying for membership may download a form from the website or pick one up at the desk in the gallery.  ARTWORKS offers a full range of artwork, pottery, jewelry and note cards for sale and welcomes visitors to browse and enjoy  some of the area’s finest art.

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April Showers Bring Artworks’ Flowers

ARTWORKS around town’s  Third Friday music program will be cancelled for the month of April while members of the artist community continue their remodeling work.  Drills, hammers and saws make a unique music of their own.  The first two weeks of intensive refurbishing have produced a pleasing change in the layout and feel of the old space.

Artist members are doing all of the work themselves.  Several of them have built structures on their own properties and are well versed in all areas of construction and renovation.  In addition to rebuilding display areas, all of the panels are being painted a uniform background color.  The selection of the most suitable paint was done carefully from many samples of neutral colors.   Jeff Mamone’s computerized floor plan guides have been followed closely under the direction of Ken Cox and his team; Mike Turbanic, Jeff Mamone, Larry Travis and Eric Dye.  Other members are taking care of the priming and painting .

Work has been progressing in an orderly manner beginning at the north  end.  Visitors to the gallery have been impressed with the evolving new look.  Gallery operations continue uninterrupted for the duration of the upgrades.  Guests are still welcome to browse and shop.  All artist’s work is still on display even though the location of pieces may move to a different spot during the construction.  Workshops continue.

Artists who are interested in joining ARTWORKS around town are encouraged to download the application for membership from the website or get a printed form, available at the sales desk.  The process is explained in detail on the form.  Jurying takes place approximately every three months.  All forms of artwork are encouraged from pottery to drawings and everything in between.

ARTWORKS around town is a non-profit gallery providing exhibit space for juried artists as well as community outreach educational activities.  The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. except for Fridays, when closing is at 6 p.m.

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