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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Sharon Hanse & Lynn Anderson featured artists at February Gallery Hop

Artists who appreciated each other’s craft, these Eastern Ohio residents are both members of Artworks. Sharon Hanse and Lynn Anderson are the featured artists of the February show opening in the Studio Gallery at Artworks Around Town on Friday, February 5, 2016.

Lynn Anderson - Early Autumn

Lynn Anderson – Early Autumn

Artworks Around Town is a cooperative of 26 artists residing in the Centre Market at 2200 Market Street. Artworks sponsors the opening of two new free art shows each month on the first Friday. The public is invited and a buffet of refreshments is part of the opening from 5:30PM to 8:00PM on Feb 5th. The featured artists will be present as will a number of artist members of Artworks.

Sharon Hanse and Lynn Anderson create art that needs concentration and attention to detail. Calligraphy, Sharon Hanse’s specialty that she displays at Artworks is only one of the many forms of art work she studied at the Cleveland Art Institute and Cleveland Community College. Furthering her love of the exquisite creation of works of art centering around letters, led Sharon to learn paper marbling, papermaking, paste paper technique, bookmaking, illuminating, and gilding. She has studied with some of the finest calligraphers in the country including Sheila Waters, Thomas Ingmire, Peter Thornton, John Stevens, Marsha Brady, Mark vanStone, Carl Rohrs and Leana Fay.

Sharon Hanse - Illuminated V

Sharon Hanse – Illuminated V

Now she teaches these various skills in classes at Artworks, a variety of art centers and various calligraphy guilds. Mrs. Hanse has won numerous prizes and accolades for her exquisite combination of lettering with other art skills. Her letter “V” was included in the into the 24th Edition of The Speedball Textbook. The Speedball Textbook has been printed in various editions since 1915 and for many people was their first source for learning calligraphy.

Lynn Anderson creates paintings, digital art, and mixed media. Somehow, someway Lynn always manages to create some dream-like or other worldly quality in each of her creations. They are romantic and dreamily rendered, but can also be precise as in creating kaleidoscopic creations. Recently retired from an editorship of a nationally circulated four-color magazine, Lynn has turned to creating more artwork. She studied art at Ohio University and has exhibited her work in a variety of galleries throughout Ohio and West Virginia. The prize winning artist sees “the act of creating art as an end in itself for me. When I am hard at work on a piece, my mind goes to a different plane, and the hours seem to fly by without my even noticing.” The discussion of art is much more tedious to Lynn than the creation of art.

She sees her work as “solving problems or puzzles” that she sets for herself. Always pleased that the viewer enjoys her finished art, Lynn realizes that what the viewers sees in her work is often not what she sees as the artist and creator of the finished piece of art work.

Lynn Anderson - O'Anita!

Lynn Anderson – O’Anita!

These women create art that is not the norm. Using skill, color, and a variety of materials their art is unusual as well as beautiful. They carefully chose their color and form to enhance what they try to present to the viewer. The beauty of the piece often doesn’t reflect all the many diligent hours of work that it has taken to create such complex pieces.

As Sharon Hanse has stated, “Nothing is more satisfying than to create a beautiful work of art using words that are inspirational, uplifting, thought provoking and comforting. And Lynn Anderson agrees, “That’s the magic of art: everyone takes something different, and individually REWARDING, from the experience.”

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December Gallery Hop Remembers Liz Neumann

Liz painting at Paint Historic Wheeling

Liz painting at Paint Historic
Wheeling

A retrospect of the painting career of Elizabeth (Liz) Neumann will be the December show at ARTWORKS around town. Each month Artworks opens new shows in each of their two galleries. The opening will be Friday, December 5th, from 5:30 to 8pm, with a free reception at the Artworks gallery in the Centre Market, 2200 Market Street, Wheeling.

Liz’s paintings will be shown in the large Studio Gallery. In the North Gallery will be the artwork of Martins Ferry Middle and High School students of Natalie Zambori.

Liz Neumann was the “face” of the art community in Wheeling until her death in April of this year. Starting as a young girl illustrating a Girl Scout calendar at the age of 10; she was still painting, taking lessons, and participating in shows until her death at 89. Her love of art and its dissemination to all, was her mission. She used a quote from Robert Henri’s book THE ART SPIRIT to voice her love of her craft, “Art is, after all, only a trace-like, a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness.”

Capturing a European Landscape

Capturing a European Landscape

After working in acrylic, oil, and watercolor, Liz found acrylic suited her best, often workedwith a palette knife. Her paintings often portrayed her beloved Foxberry Farm, where she also held plein aire painting events for her fellow artists of Artworks. Many of her landscapes were painted in Europe during her painting trips with the Journees de Pienture, a group of international artists gathered from England, France, Switzerland, Germany, as well as other parts of the United States. Her work shows her love of the earth, its color, texture and vibrancy. Emulating her favorite artist, Van Gogh, Liz’s work always had a connection to her life and her travels which often included her large immediate family.

Painting at Foxberry

Painting at Foxberry

Her distinctive style has been attractive to many patrons and her work hangs in numerous local homes and offices. Through the Journees de Pienture, her work is also in various international collections as well.

Being president of ARTWORKS around town was not just a club office, but rather, a mission. Liz desired to spread interest and participation in the arts through the non-profit charitable Artworks. She was the founder of the annual Lobster Fest and part of the committee which organized and supported the plein aire event, Paint Oglebay and later Paint Historic Wheeling. Liz represented the artists in this community on the Wheeling Arts Commission and was instrumental in creating the Wheeling Arts Fest.

Liz Painting at Wheeling Arts Fest

Liz Painting at Wheeling Arts Fest

As a lifelong resident of Wheeling and Wheeling artist, who often portrayed the area in her paintings, Liz promoted both the arts and her beloved home town hoping to show the best of Wheeling through the painting and support of other local artists.

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Watercolorist L.W. “Bill” Rettig, Jr. featured at October First Friday

Bill Demonstrating during Paint Historic Wheeling 2015

Bill Demonstrating during Paint Historic Wheeling 2015

The beautiful and often visually pleasing watercolors of local well known artist L.W. “Bill” Rettig, Jr. are the featured paintings and show in the Studio Gallery for the month of October, 2015, at Artworks Around Town at the Centre Market. The opening for this show is on First Friday, Oct 2, 2015, from 5:30 to 8:00PM. Refreshments are always a part of each Artworks monthly opening.

Beautiful, graceful, boldly yet hauntingly hued are the watercolor paintings of Wheeling, West Virginia’s most well known watercolorist. Bill’s work is gentle and tranquil yet strikingly alive in a well effusion of color and tones which are the glory of the subjects of what he sees all around him sun-drenched country sides…wild life…bustling streets…antiquated buildings…city life. The almost delicate style of Bill’s work becomes even more fascinating when you meet him, for Bill, in contrast to his art, is a bear of a man. He is a former PENN STATE fullback/linebacker who has lost none of his intimidating energy.Rettig 2

Although essentially self-taught, Bill has studied watercolor and pencil with Yar Chomicky at Penn State University and has worked with Richard Nitowski and Homer Hacker-AWS, who recognized early in Bill’s career his unique passion and energy in his works.

Winner of many regional and national awards, he has held solo exhibits in Kansas City, Mo., Cleveland, OH, Middletown, OH, Harrisburg, PA , Pittsburgh, PA, and Charleston, SC.

Rettig 4Bill’s works are part of many private and commercial collections. He has been commissioned by many large corporations for a series of work for their executive offices, branches, and customers. Among those corporations are Armco, Inc., Frank B. Hall, Equibank, PNC, Mellon Bank, Penn Champ, Amerikohl, Omega, HDH, Inc., A.C. Dellovade, Ellwood Federal Savings Bank, Eat-N-Park, American Glass Research, Baglier Buick, GMC, Mazda, Citizen National Bank, Pennsylvania State University, and William J. Green and Associates. And in honor of Joe Paterno’s 300th career win at Penn State University, Bill was commissioned by the university to do a watercolor portrait of Sue and Joe Paterno.

Bill currently resides in Forest Hills, Wheeling, WV, with his wife Debbie. He can be reached at 304-233-6477 or at lwrettig@comcast.net.

 

 

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“Explorations: Surrealism and Realism” is June 5th Gallery Hop at Artworks

Never More

“Never More” – Siegwart

“Explorations: Surrealism and Realism” opens on June 5th at ARTWORKS around town in the Centre Market as part of Wheeling’s First Friday celebration. Greg Siegwart and Sharon Lyn Stackpole are the featured artists at the event which is open to the public with the artists present as well as member artists from Artworks. The show opening will be from 5:30 through 8PM Friday night. Refreshments are served.

the Centre Market as part of Wheeling’s First Friday celebration. Greg Siegwart and Sharon Lyn Stackpole are the featured artists at the event which is open to the public with the artists present as well as member artists from Artworks. The show opening will be from 5:30 through 8PM Friday night. Refreshments are served.

“Explorations” basically is a show of surrealistic paintings. Surrealism as defined by Webster, is an attempt to portray or interpret the working of the unconscious mind as manifested in dreams. The most recognized surrealist of modern times has been Salvador Dali. His formless clock faces in THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY is probably the most familiar representation of surrealism to the general public.

"Living in the Now"

“Living in the Now” – Stackpole

The two artists showing their work in June both have created work much like Dali’s which represent their dreams and thoughts in art form. Sharon Lyn Stackpole studied painting and art history at WVU under the tutelage of Marian Hollinger. She has international credentials as she is an affiliated member of the Global Art Agency in London, England, and has exhibited her work in San Francisco, New York, Montreal, Barcelona, and Tokyo.

Five months ago, in January, 2015, her work was part of a charity gala benefiting Doctor Without Borders at the Bleinheim Palace in England through the Global Art Agency in London.

Her work is a means for Ms. Stackpole to express her interest in healing through expression and visual communication. Her surrealistic work combines the human elements with amorphous forms with sometimes brilliant color used to interpret the feelings of both the painter and the viewer. After all that is the goal of every artist, to have the viewer take an authentic interest in their work and actually “finish it” in their minds.

Greg Siegwart is a self-taught painter of considerable talent. His work is both in the realistic and surrealistic veins. Oil painting would have remained a hobby had it not been for a debilitating accident in 2000. After that accident, oil painting became a therapy, a vocation, and a talent to share with others. The accident also added the dimension of surrealism to his painting. A number of Greg’s surrealistic paintings are an attempt to visually explain how he feels since his accident.Greg 1

Greg is an accomplish plein aire (open air) artist in oil. That is no small feat, creating an artwork in one sitting with changing light and arrangement throughout the sitting, and in oil paint. Greg’s great-grandfather, Joshif Siegwart, a Swiss immigrant, painted and inspired Greg to paint as well. Greg loved to oil paint by age 10. Forty years later his experience with oil as a self-taught artist is phenomenal. He has been teaching at both the Stifel Fine Arts Center and at ARTWORKS around town for the past six years.

Greg has given workshops and demonstrations at The Mon Valley Art Center, Steppingstones Arts Festival, Stonewall Jackson Resort and many others venues. His commission pieces have included portraits, still lifes, wildlife, animal portraits, landscapes, fantasies, and surreal pieces.

"Making Believe"

“Making Believe” – Stackpole

Greg and Sharon are the only surreal painters in the area. Their surrealism is complex and interesting to interpret. Their surrealistic pieces always take some concentration and intellect. There are very few surrealistic painters and even fewer shows which are almost totally based on a group of surrealistic paintings. Explorations: Surrealism and Realism is a rare event and a treat for the viewer.

Her Universe

“Her Universe” – Siegwart

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Bob Sako is featured artist for May Gallery Hop

Tiffany

Tiffany

The May art show “Freehand, A Journey in Color and Dust” at ARTWORKS Around Town is featuring the almost all new pastel work of Artworks member artist, Robert (Bob) Sako. Featured in the North Gallery will be the students of Jeff Mamone from Shadyside High School in Shadyside, Ohio. The North Nook will also have new work displayed. All openings at ARTWORKS Around Town at the Centre Market, 2200 Market St, Wheeling on First Fridays are open to the public from 5:30 to 8PM. A buffet of finger foods is always part of each Artworks opening.

Apples

Apples

Robert Sako is an award winning artist in acrylic, photography, digital imagery, and drawing. His art work has been in a number of either one person shows or group exhibitions at OUE, the Mound Museum and Exhibition space in Moundsville, WV, and in Wheeling at The Wheeling Artisan Center, West Virginia Northern Community College, Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Center, and at ARTWORKS Around Town Gallery.

Sako is an Ohio Valley native from Rayland, Ohio, living and teaching in the Ohio Valley throughout his teaching career. He taught art formally for thirty years both in the Martins Ferry School District for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade and as an adjunct instructor for West Virginia Northern Community College. He instructed college students in photography, drawing, design, and creative expression at WVNCC. He still tutors students privately at his studio in St. Clairsville.

Bob retired from formal teaching five years ago to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a full-time artist. When the opportunity to travel to Europe to paint with the Journees de Peinture group of European and American artists became possible, Sako needed a lightweight artistic medium for air travel. He decided on pastels. Pastels vary in many ways and grades of quality. Purchasing some better than “student grade” pastels he had used previously, Bob discovered that good quality pastels are much different and produce much more luscious paintings than he ever imagined. Love of a new medium began.

Below the water tower - Oglebay

Below the water tower – Oglebay

Bob has a past history of producing hard edged acrylics of bright primary colors, photographs which are almost abstract in design, and collages which combine a variety of materials that vary from religious imagery to children’s games combined in painting designs.

But with his pastels he has stuck to nature and natural subjects of organic objects such as fruits and vegetables and landscapes. His landscapes are almost dream-like with soft subtle highlights. There is a school of pastel painting which creates almost identical landscapes. Only the most trained eye can separate the artists by technique and use of color. Bob Sako is NOT one of those artists, he has gone a step further. His landscapes are far from traditional. There is always a “twist” in each painting, the one green apple in the pile of red ones, the red apple in the pile of lemons or the half hidden squash in the leaves. There are hidden roots or animals and streams barely discernible. His shading is almost invisible but lends just the right touch to highlight what needs to be seen and important in each painting.

While painting with pastels under the Blaine Bridge, Bob was approached by a woman walking her dog, who asked after looking at his work, “Did you do that freehand?” thus the name of the show. Whether you are partial to pastel paintings or not, Bob Sako’s new medium deserves a look. He handles his medium with skill and a delicate hand. His work is not of the ordinary variety and yet it is entirely relatable and has that “I’ve been there” quality that the viewer can easily imagine. Bob has always been a master of his chosen mediums, but this time he has not only mastered the medium, he has conquered it.

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