Cindy L. Johnson is “Hiding” at Artworks

   

Artworks is pleased to host author Cindy L. Johnson as she launches her new fiction work,  “Hiding”.  A reception and book signing will be held in the Gallery at Artworks Around Town on Saturday July 29, 2023 at 7 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.  A special guest will be WVU’s Mountaineer.

Johnson’s first volume is part of a trilogy.  She is currently working on the second one, titled “Hunting”.  “Healing” will be the last in the series.  The first book deals with New York City lawyer Camilla S. Kennedy’s involvement with a man whose power and control eventually force her to escape to her home in West Virginia.  As the back cover of the book states, “She was going home to the hollow. The place she left over twenty years ago.  Now was the time for Hiding”.

 “It’s not based on anybody I know.  It wasn’t a story that I set out to write.  It just came tumbling out”, Johnson stated in an interview recently.  Her character’s home is Pocahontas County in West Virginia.  The trilogy promises to be a good read for all and especially those who love the state, Almost Heaven, West Virginia.

The reception and book signing will take place in the Gallery of Artworks Around Town, located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market.  All are welcome to meet the author, Cindy L. Johnson, purchase her book and have it signed, enjoy some cake and meet WVU’s Mountaineer.

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Greg Siegwart and His Students Open at Artworks April 7th

Artworks is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit for April is an exciting body of work by the students of member artist, Greg Siegwart.  The show will open with a free, public Gallery Hop on Friday April 7 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  This will be a great time to meet and celebrate these talented artists.

Siegwart teaches at Artworks around town and Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Center as well as holding private lessons in his home.  Teaching for about 15 years, Siegwart specializes in oil and acrylic instruction.  His students range in age from 10 to 81 years of age.  Still life studies as well as landscapes make up most of the paintings.  All are framed beautifully and many are for sale.

Artists participating are: Laura Armstrong, David Bartsch, Sammy Jo Buchanan, Cheryl Childers, Asher Chao, Diana Diosi, Donna Hirauk, Bill Kent, Sandy Kent, Janet Metzner, Sue Milhern, Audrey Moore, Ashley Otto, Linda Porter, Jeannie Schmitt, Zoe Vickers, Connie Young and Macey Zambori.

Siegwart’s primary goal “is to teach an understanding of what the materials do and how to use them.”  That is the technical part, helping each artist find their style and vision is different and Siegwart strives to guide them on that journey.  He is a long standing member of Artworks, is on the Board of Directors and co-hosts the popular “Critique” with Bobbi Priebe every three months at the Gallery.

One of the students is presenting the very first painting she ever completed.  Sammy Jo Buchanan’s “Tumbleweed” is straightforward and colorful.  There is a husband and wife team who have several works each in the exhibit.  Another very young student is showing three of her paintings.  All the artists have every reason to be proud of their works and of their teacher.

Artworks is a non-profit fine arts Gallery located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market, open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. with Fridays extended until 6 p.m.  Over twenty artists have original work for sale.  Various workshops and classes are available every week.  Those interested in joining Artworks are invited to ask at the desk for an application or go to the website: http://www.artworksaroundtown.com.

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“Ceramics Takeover” & “Images of the Cosmos” at Artworks Gallery Hop on March 3rd

Visitors to Artworks Around Town in March will be treated to two exhibits in the Studio Gallery.  Oglebay Institute sponsored, “Ceramics Takeover Wheeling 23” and James Luke’s “Images of the Cosmos” will be displayed for the month beginning Friday March 3, 2023, with a festive Gallery Hop from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  The reception is free and open to the public.

Artworks is honored to participate in the citywide “Ceramics Takeover”. One of six sites in the area exhibiting works done by nationally known ceramists, the Gallery  will feature creations by Bo Bedilion, Betsy Cox and Tom Thomas.  According to Oglebay Institute, the Takeover is “ a citywide event that will celebrate ceramic artists and clay enthusiasts alike”.

Bo Bedilion has been an Associate Professor at Columbia College in Kansas since 2010.  He received his MFA in Ceramics from Kansas State University and his BA in Art from California University of Pennsylvania.  He states,
“Making pottery satisfied my desire to create useful objects with my hands. … I strive to manifest visual representations of loosely held memories, while retaining the structural integrity of a well-made pot.”  He is an active potter and exhibits his work both regionally and nationally.

Betsy Cox is an award winning ceramic artist who has been creating treasures in clay for over 27 years.  She works in various styles with a concentration in primitive types of firings, including wood, Raku, pit and Saggar.  Her love of archeology has had a profound impact on her styles, shapes and surfaces.  Her works can be found in numerous private and corporate collections. Cox has participated in solo, group and invitational exhibitions and has been featured in many publications. 

Tom Thomas has experimented in several mediums but clay is the one he has preferred to work in for the past eight years.  He states, “Clay has allowed me to express and illustrate my impressions of our world.”  The majority of his creations are hand built, starting from a rolled out slab, ultimately creating a unique piece of art which will be pleasing and enjoyed by others.

If you have not had the opportunity to see James Luke’s stunning metal prints of nebulae and planets, visit this month because they will adorn the walls of the Gallery until the end of March.  Come to the Market, have coffee and see and purchase original works of over twenty local artists. Artworks Around Town is a non profit fine arts gallery located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market, open six days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  Anyone interested in joining Artworks, visit the website: www.artworksaroundtown.com for information and an application.

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“Images of the Cosmos” Invade ARTWORKS on February 3rd

Visitors to Artworks Around Town in February will experience one of the most exciting exhibits the Gallery has hosted.  Astrophotographer, James Luke will be displaying 24 metal photographic prints of deep space in the exhibit he has titled, “Images of the Cosmos”.  The show will open with a Gallery Hop on Friday, February 3rd, from 5:30 until 8 p.m. in the Centre Market.  The event is free and open to the public and is a great opportunity to meet this talented photographer.

James received his first telescope when he was just 11 years old.  His study of the universe had to be put on hold when he finished high school but his love of the subject was rekindled when he served on active duty while he was in his mid-thirties.  

In September of 2012, he purchased his first Orion 10-inch telescope along with a web camera.  James states “My first night observing the skies would mark the beginning of my passion for deep space photography.”  He grew in appreciation of celestial bodies as his technical skills were honed in astrophotography and post-processing.  

His passion is evident in his meticulous presentation of the work he has produced.  James has held presentations and talks on astrophotography as well as publishing some of his best images.  James said in his biography, “I’m particularly grateful for the opportunity to exhibit some of my best work yet with Artworks Around Town Gallery”. 

Artworks Around Town is a non-profit fine arts gallery located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market and is open six days a week from Monday through Saturday from ten a.m. until five thirty p.m.  Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Gallery, please access the website at artworksaroundtown.com for details and an application form.

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“Weather or Not” opens at ARTWORKS 01•06•23

ARTWORKS around town will open a brand new show “Weather or Not” in January.  Studio Curator, Janet Sheehan asked members to commemorate the new year with weather related works.  Rain, snow, wind, water and sunlight will be represented in two and three dimensional pieces made by members of the Gallery.  The show opens with a Gallery Hop on Friday, January 6th from 5:30 until 8 p.m.  The reception is free and all are welcome to attend.

The year 2023 promises to be full of new and exciting shows in the  Studio and Student Galleries. There is always a vast array of unique artwork, fine art photography, stained glass pieces, jewelry, as well as fabric items for purchase at ARTWORKS in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market.  Stop in to see some of the finest work in the valley.  Hours are 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. six days a week, Monday through Saturday. The Gallery is dedicated to serving juried artists as well as the community through outreach programming.  Anyone interested in joining the Gallery,  more information may be found at artworksaroundtown.com or at the desk at ARTWORKS.

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Holiday Highlights at Artworks – 12•5•22

The Holiday tree is glowing at Centre Market and so is the array of gift items to be found at Artworks Around Town.  Original paintings done in oil, watercolor and acrylic with subjects ranging from still lifes, landscapes to fantasy images are all available at wonderfully reasonable prices.  Fine art photographs, woven items, prints, cards lotions, soaps  and jewelry are just some of the other unique pieces waiting for a place under the tree.  Artworks is open six days a week from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

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