“Watercolor Memories” at ARTWORKS for December and January

December at ARTWORKS will feature the works of skilled watercolor artist, Karen Catlett in the Studio Gallery.  In the student section, pieces by members of ARTWORKS will be on display.  While Covid 19 safety measures are still in effect, an opening reception will not be held but visitors are welcome to view both shows during business hours six days a week.

Catlett is a celebrated watercolorist whose works have won awards locally and nationally.  Her love of nature is obvious in her skillful treatment of the living things around her.  She captures birds, flowers and landscapes with sensitivity and a keen mastery of design and color theory.  Her show title is “Watercolor Memories” and she has thirty new paintings to exhibit.

She has conducted numerous programs and workshops across the country for art leagues, civic groups and technical colleges.  Catlett is a member of both the West Virginia and Pittsburgh Watercolor Societies and has been a contributing member at ARTWORKS for two years.  She sells her originals, prints, note cards and her unique woven jewelry at the Gallery, located in the historic Centre Market.

The other side of the north gallery will display works by members of ARTWORKS around town.  Look for winter inspired works done by artists including, Sandy Hadsell, Janet Sheehan, Greg Siegwart, Giulio Cappelletti and Larry Travis.

December is a perfect time to visit ARTWORKS to view fresh work by the area’s most talented artists.  The Gallery offers original paintings, photographs, prints, stained glass, carvings, soaps, woven items, ceramic pieces and unique jewelry items found nowhere else.Celebrate the holidays with ARTWORKS around town, located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market.  Hours are from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday with closing at 6 p.m. on Fridays.  Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Gallery, please go to the website for details and an application: artworksaroundtown.com

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“Something Old, Something New” for March 1st Friday at Artworks

“Introduction” Anne Foreman

“Something Old, Something New” the March 2017 show at Artworks around town opens on First Friday, March 3, at the Centre Market Studio Gallery. The show is open to the public from 5:30 to 8PM.
The title of this show came from the musing of one of the participating artists and longtime member of Artworks, Anne Hazlett Foreman. Exhibiting along with Foreman is another longtime member of Artworks, Lenora Turbanic. The new artist on the scene is Jes Reger, a young watercolorist.

“Gold Finch” Lenora Turbanic

Lenora Turbanic also works in watercolor but in a different style than Jes. While Jes’s work is mainly a loose wet style with details in a more detailed dry style. Lenora’s watercolor work is mainly a more controlled style emphasizing watercolor’s delicacy and softness. Anne has painted in watercolor, but has worked more in oil and acrylic lately.

Anne is well known for her portraits of Early American re-enactors and many of her ancestors. She has joking said, “I’ve sold my grandparents, my parents, my uncles and my cousins to complete strangers.” Most of those paintings have depicted her family years ago in nostalgic scenes. Anne has also created murals of the history of Wheeling for Wilson Lodge at Oglebay Park and at the Centre Market in the Artworks Gallery. Some newer paintings of Anne’s portray her young grandchildren. Anne is know locally for her numerous paintings of dogs. Her animal paintings have memorialize a number of local well loved dogs as well as her own Newfoundlands and her favorite pug, Tank.

“Orange Rose” Jes Reger

Lenora has painted a variety of animals as well, along with numerous scenes of flowers and flower gardens. She has painted chimps and giraffes, cats and birds, and a good many trees in landscape scenes. Lenora has taught watercolor for years in private and small group lessons to children and adults. “To see a student’s face light up when looking at something they painted, Lenora remarked, is the reward of teaching watercolor painting.” Why does Lenora paint? “I paint when it becomes too painful not to”, paraphrased from the book ART AND FEAR. That remark will resonate with many

“Rose’s Magic” Anne Foreman

an artistic person or lover of the arts.
Jes is just getting her “feet wet” in the exhibiting of her art work. A recent graduate of WLU she is an art instructor at both the Oglebay Institute Stifel Fine Arts Center and the Anchor after school program at Madison School. She has recently begun instructing workshops in watercolor at The Cat’s Paw Studio. This show is her first exhibition with so few artists. While Jes finds her art as a form of expression, many of her pieces of artwork have a mystical dreamy unformed quality to them. She paints things that make her smile and has “a passion for capturing the essence and beauty of the world around her”. Her paintings have a spontaneous quality that defies definition.

“Mike’s Pond” Lenora Turbanic

This show will be new work from the “older artists” as well as new work from the “new artist”. It will be a treat to the eye and imagination of the viewer who finishes every work of art in their mind and eye.

“Bandit” Jes Reger

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February Gallery Hop at Artworks features “Local Watercolor Masters”

Egrets Waters Edge – Rettig

“Local Watercolor Masters” is the featured show for February 2017 in the Studio Gallery at ARTWORKS around town. It has been curated by a watercolor instructor and artist at Artworks, Wheeling attorney, Janet Sheehan. All First Friday shows at Artworks are at the Centre Market Gallery, 2200 Market Street, from 5:30 to 8:00pm. The public is invited to come and browse the galleries and see the three new shows. In the North Gallery, the “Friends and Family” show will be displayed along with a fresh grouping in the North Corner Project.
Janet Sheehan, the curator for this show is also one of the participants along with two other Janets, who are also watercolor painters, Janet Hart and Janet Rodriguez. Joining the three are Jennie Siebert and Bill Rettig. This show features a variety of ways watercolor can be used to create some exceptionally skillful and beautiful artwork.
Watercolor has a firm and extensive artistic following in theWheeling area. Exceptional local watercolor instructors and visiting workshop presenters have been enthusiastically received in this area. For many years Janet Rodriguez and Bill Rettig both taught watercolor painting at Artworks and at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.

Geranium – Hart

Janet Sheehan now teaches watercolor at Artworks. Janet Hart is a watercolorist and pen and ink artist designing a number of well know greeting cards of Wheeling’s Victorian architecture and of the Centre Market. Jennie Seibert, well known as a local realtor is a creator of many “wet watercolor” works using techniques she learned from local watercolor instructors Kathy Thompson, Janet Rodriguez and Bill Rettig. Jennie is an excellent example of what a serious local watercolor student can create studying with our Wheeling area watercolor instructors. Bill Rettig, transplanted master watercolor teacher from Pennsylvania, has taught watercolor techniques at Artworks, the Stifel Center and in many local workshops. He is a proficient creator of works shown in corporate and home venues in the area and outside.
These five area watercolorists create a show of varied ways that watercolor can be used to

Untitled – Seibert

create atmospheric pieces that exhibit the spectrum from “dry work” to “wet work”. Dry work is detailed and exacting and usually opaque. Wet work uses the technique of floating watercolor pigment in a prearranged but not precise pool of water. It’s a tricky way of creating artwork. It’s also chancy in that sometimes the intended result is not what the artist was working towards. That’s the beauty and fun of creating any artwork. Each piece of artwork has a life of its own. The artist may begin with one intension and the finished product may not be what the artist intended but a completely different product which the art work itself has decided to become.

Blue Herron – Sheehan

Each artist has their specific reason for using watercolor. They love the color, the movement, the idea that it doesn’t take that much equipment, it isn’t “messy” like oils or pastels. Janet Hart even loves the “wet dog” smell of wet Arches watercolor paper.
Wheeling has some skilled painters and artists. LOCAL WATERCOLOR MASTERS is showcasing five of the best in the field of watercolor.

Falling Waters – Rettig

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“All” Member Show Opens As January Gallery Hop

On the First Friday of the New Year, January 6, 2017, artist members of Artworks Around Town at the Centre Market will be showing their newest work. Rarely do so many artists show their work together in any gallery setting.

Artworks Around Town, art cooperative, gallery and gift shop in the Centre Market in Wheeling has been in existence since 1998. Still there are people in the local area who have no idea this organization exists.

This unusual cooperative artist’s group is the only one left from over 30 originally formed artist cooperatives in the state of West Virginia in the 1980s and 1990s. Up until earlier last year there was still one more artist’s cooperative in Davis, WV. Now Artworks is the sole survivor of those cooperatives.

The group of artist members of Artworks are from diverse backgrounds. Few members are ever full time artists; they always have “day jobs”. It’s difficult to survive as a full time artist. Artworks members include teachers, a psychologist, an accountant, a nurse, a beautician, a lawyer, a computer expert, a maintenance supervisor, a manager of a health department, an electrician, and a carpenter by trade. That’s only naming a few of the actual professions of the present 28 members of Artworks.

Visitors to the gallery in the Centre Market are always astounded by the variety and quality of the artists’ work

displayed in the organization’s space in the upper house of the Centre Market. In the gallery space, the visitor will find paintings in oil, watercolor, and acrylic in genres of abstract, realism, and surrealism, photographs, gourd art, carvings of birds, horses, pottery both artistic and household useful, fiber art in silk and knitted, wall tiles, collages, stained glass works, jewelry designed and crafted by member artists. There is more, but visitors are encouraged to seek out artistic surprises for themselves in the gallery space.

This year two small sitting areas were added to the gallery along with an extensive library   of art books which can be read by visitors.  There is also a small gift shop among all the other areas for browsing.This coming First Friday on January 6th, gallery hop visitors will be able to view the newest, the latest, or work never shown before by Artwork’s member artists. It’s an unusual situation and a show well worth a visit.

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November Gallery Hop features the “Mixed Media” of Ed Doughty

Carved Cardinal

Carved Cardinal

Ed Doughty is a multi-media artist and craftsman.  From building houses to creating tiny carved walnut baskets, Ed’s skill as an artist, carpenter, cabinet maker, and wood carver is as varied as it is phenomenal.  On Friday, November 4, 2016, his solo show opens at ARTWORKS around town at the Centre Market.  As part of Wheeling’s First Friday celebration, Ed’s show, “Mixed Media” will be open from 5:30 to 8:00 and continue through the month of November.

Carvings of large and small historically and detail accurate items is one of Ed’s specialties. His newest series is his hand carved collection of spinning wheels.  Each spinning wheel has been researched and is accurate in every detail.  Another, small in size, carved collection is of authentically researched, once again, Viking weapons.

River Plant

River Plant

Ed’s expertise in carving ranges from hand carved vintage trains and fire engines, historical scenes of Civil War cannonade groups to carved horses and saddles.  His newest carving adventures have been in creating realistically carved birds.  Taking lessons from another Artworks member, Susan Dorsch, Ed, in his retirement, is learning and researching.  Susan generously agreed to tutor Ed in carving realistic birds.  Several of the birds from Susan’s lessons will be part of the exhibit.
Ed’s acrylic paintings of great detail will also be part of this show.  All new works of local landmarks including the Pike Island Dam and Lock will be on display.  Ed’s acrylic paintings are almost photographic in detail.

Spinning Wheels

Spinning Wheels

His paintings and carvings include a monumental 14 foot model of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge, (currently at the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing, Ohio), his historically accurate trains, wagons, and carriages with their horses have been displayed lately at Towngate Theatre in Wheeling, the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing, the Delf Norona Museum in Moundsville, the Monroe Art Center in Woodsfield, and the Bellaire City Library.  His newest award was from the Steubenville Art Association for his “ Sammis Lock and Barge” painting adding to his long list of awards and shows.  His 14 foot Wheeling Suspension Bridge toured the state of West Virginia for over a year under the auspices of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

River Locks

River Locks

Ed still resides in Martins Ferry with his wife, Helen, painting in the winter months and carving in the warmer months.  Be sure that Ed is already researching a new skill or subject area for his ever curious mind and artistic skill to conquer or expand.

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July Gallery Hop to feature hometown artist Janet Sheehan

Blue Herron (Mixed Media)

Blue Herron (Mixed Media)

Multi-talented watercolor artist, Janet Sheehan, is the featured artist at ARTWORKS around town for the month of July 2016. Opening on First Friday, July 1st, from 5:30-8:00PM, this show at Centre Market, 2200 Market Street is open to the public. Refreshments are always part of the opening.

Janet Sheehan is known as a lawyer and teacher, but her passion is for painting and drawing. As a child and an adult, she has always been drawn to the love of the natural world, which she portrays in her watercolor and colored pencil renderings. “Birds, animals, flowers and scenic views are all equally likely to capture my attention”, confesses the artist. Starting at the age of 14 Janet began her artistic studies with the Art Instruction Schools of America. Furthering her education at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and the University of Pittsburgh, Janet continued to keep up with her art education as well as her law studies. She took undergraduate courses in commercial art, modern art, and art history.

Wild Orchids (Watercolor)

Wild Orchids (Watercolor)

After practicing law and raising a family, Janet continued her art education with local instructors including Janet Rodriguez, Bill Rettig for watercolor and Bev Beatty for colored pencil studies. Once she became more confident with her artistic skills she began to teach watercolor at ARTWORKS around town. She also is the chair of the “Painting with Patients” outreach program of ARTWORKS to the patients of the Bishop Hodges Continuous Care Center.

Janet is an artist member of ARTWORKS, a juried member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society and a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. In the All Members Show of the West Virginia Watercolor Society recently, Janet received a coveted Merit Award.   Her work has been in many regional shows and is owned by private individuals and corporations across the United States.

White Rooster (Colored Pencil)

White Rooster (Colored Pencil)

Janet wants her work to spotlight “the beautiful, noble, and uplifting in nature and life, often focusing on images that might otherwise be overlooked.” She hopes to communicate her artistic feeling to the viewer through her images.

Her works will be on display in the Studio Gallery of ARTWORKS for the month of July.

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