It is all about Plein Aire in September at Artworks

September’s Gallery Hop ushers in two exhibits at Artworks around town.  Jane Seward’s stunning watercolors are in the Studio Gallery for a second month. Three artists from our Gallery, Sandra Hadsell, Bobbi Priebe and Janet Sheehan, participated in Les Journees des Peintures 2023 in Manchester UK last July.  Their paintings will be presented in the Student Gallery.  The shows will open with a free public reception on Friday, September 1 from 5:30-8 p.m at Artworks in the Centre Market.

Jane Seward’s watercolors have awed visitors to Artworks in the last few weeks.  Her use of light, color and design are amazing and worth a visit to the Gallery this month.  Living near the woods that have inspired much of her work, Seward has absorbed the atmosphere around her and successfully transferred it to paper so vividly, we feel we are beside her as she walks. 

Janet Sheehan, Sandra Hadsell and Bobbi Priebe traveled to Manchester, UK in July to participate in an international group of painters who gather every few years to paint for a week in a different host country.  Painters from the United States, Switzerland, France and the UK capture local scenes of churches, farms and historic buildings.  Visiting painters stay with host families between painting sessions.  Finished works are exhibited after each day’s session and at the end of the week.  Wheeling artists hosted the previous gathering a few years ago.

Artworks around town is sponsoring it’s own plain air event.  The Ohio Valley Paint Out is scheduled from September 27 until October 1. 2023.  Based at Artworks, scenes to be painted include Sandscrest, Moundsville, Oglebay and Wheeling.  Details at the Gallery or on line:

Artworks is hosting a Critique on Saturday, September 2nd at the Gallery in Centre Market at noon.  Bobbi Priebe and Greg Siegwart lead this informal gathering of artists with their finished works or those in progress.  Helpful hints are shared in a relaxed, judgment-free atmosphere.  These meetings take place every three months.  Artworks is a non profit gallery and education center serving the community in promoting fine art.  Open six days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10 am. until 5:30 p.m.  Artworks welcomes qualified new members.  Please stop by the desk for information or go to the website: for information and an application.

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