Artworks around town is proud to host the third Ohio Valley Plein Air Paint Out from Wednesday, September 27th to Sunday, October 1st. Under the direction of founder Eric Dye, the five day event will feature painting opportunities in four areas of the valley. Sandscrest, Moundsville, Oglebay and Wheeling are the venues selected for this year.
The Paint Out will begin with a meet and greet session Wednesday evening for registered artists where they will pick up their packets and receive guidelines for the event. The next four days are set aside for painting outdoors. The works will be judged by Dr. Yan Sun, Dean of Art at Muskingum University and founder of the Yan Sun Art Museum and Gallery in Zanesville, Ohio. Cash awards will be presented on Sunday at a public reception beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Artworks.
Dye has been planning for this year’s Paint Out for many months, working tirelessly to make sure all painters will have the best experience possible. He is a member of Artworks around town and has won numerous awards for his paintings and sculptures. He has been working with students from Marshall County, giving workshops on painting outdoors and encouraging their participation in the Paint Out experience.
Completed works will be exhibited in the Gallery for the month of October and many will be available for purchase. Join the artists for a reception on Sunday, October 1st at 2:30 p.m. During the party, Dr Sun will explain the process he used to determine the awards for each piece.
Sponsors for the 2023 Paint Out are: Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission, Wheeling Ohio County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Moundsville City Council, Gary Dietz Insurance Agency Artworks around town and two anonymous donors. Artworks around town is a nonprofit art center dedicated to serving the public in the Ohio Valley. Located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market, the Gallery is open six days a week from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.