Bob Dombrowski featured at ARTWORKS Gallery Hop

 ARTWORKS around town curator, Betsy Cox announces Bob Dombrowski will display his stunning paintings at the upcoming Gallery Hop. This is the first celebration since the group redesigned and renovated its space last month.  Guests will be able to greet Mr. Dombrowski and see his art at a free reception beginning at 5:30 on Friday, May 3rd.

St. Clairsville native, Bob Dombrowski is a nationally known and revered artist.  For the past two decades he has produced privately and commercially commissioned projects, as well as personally-inspired pieces.  Spanning a full spectrum of mediums, his paintings are done in oil, acrylic and watercolor.  He has rendered crisp images in pen and ink as well.  His education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University.  He also studied in New York City at The Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts.

Dombrowski’s paintings have been featured in galleries in New York City, Los Angeles, Provincetown and other parts of the country including  several closer to home.  Stifel Fine Arts Center, Three Labs Salvage and the Nutting Gallery have all shown his works.  His illustrations have appeared in books by St. Martin’s Press, Random House, Scholastic and other major publishers in addition to national and local magazines.  Dombrowski’s murals and trompe l’oeil pieces grace private homes and corporate offices all across the country.

According to Dombrowski’s website (, he is “a skilled colorist who vividly expresses form, light and emotion.”  Examples of his work bear this out, whatever medium he uses. his works exhibit rich textures and vibrant colors.

The newly refurbished North Gallery will host the work of students from Union Local High School.  ARTWORKS around town is a non profit gallery and arts center dedicated to promoting work of local artists and providing community educational programs.  Located at 2200 Market Street,  hours of operation are from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Friday when closing is at 6 p.m.  Artists interested in applying for membership may download a form from the website or pick one up at the desk in the gallery.  ARTWORKS offers a full range of artwork, pottery, jewelry and note cards for sale and welcomes visitors to browse and enjoy  some of the area’s finest art.

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April Showers Bring Artworks’ Flowers

ARTWORKS around town’s  Third Friday music program will be cancelled for the month of April while members of the artist community continue their remodeling work.  Drills, hammers and saws make a unique music of their own.  The first two weeks of intensive refurbishing have produced a pleasing change in the layout and feel of the old space.

Artist members are doing all of the work themselves.  Several of them have built structures on their own properties and are well versed in all areas of construction and renovation.  In addition to rebuilding display areas, all of the panels are being painted a uniform background color.  The selection of the most suitable paint was done carefully from many samples of neutral colors.   Jeff Mamone’s computerized floor plan guides have been followed closely under the direction of Ken Cox and his team; Mike Turbanic, Jeff Mamone, Larry Travis and Eric Dye.  Other members are taking care of the priming and painting .

Work has been progressing in an orderly manner beginning at the north  end.  Visitors to the gallery have been impressed with the evolving new look.  Gallery operations continue uninterrupted for the duration of the upgrades.  Guests are still welcome to browse and shop.  All artist’s work is still on display even though the location of pieces may move to a different spot during the construction.  Workshops continue.

Artists who are interested in joining ARTWORKS around town are encouraged to download the application for membership from the website or get a printed form, available at the sales desk.  The process is explained in detail on the form.  Jurying takes place approximately every three months.  All forms of artwork are encouraged from pottery to drawings and everything in between.

ARTWORKS around town is a non-profit gallery providing exhibit space for juried artists as well as community outreach educational activities.  The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. except for Fridays, when closing is at 6 p.m.

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“Change is in the wind”

ARTWORKS around town is pleased to announce “change is in the wind” at the gallery starting in April.  The group is suspending the April Gallery Hop in order to begin giving the whole area a new look.  The Hop schedule will resume once again on May 3rd.  Sounds of hammers and drills will be heard in the gallery for the entire month as members of the co-op reconfigure their space.

ARTWORKS around town has been in its current location for more than 15 years without any major changes in floor plan.  It’s time to move the furniture, so to speak.  Those changes will be made during the month of April.  Some display panels will be dismantled and some moved and all will be painted in a uniform artwork-friendly background color.

Upcoming changes have been studied for several months by artist members committed to bring about a fresh look for their gallery. Newly designed areas will provide for the enhanced use of available space and maximize the display of artwork. The “sweat equity” work will be done by artworks members under the direction of Ken Cox, Jeff Mamone and Michael Turbanic and will proceed in an orderly, progressive manner, so as not to disrupt the daily goings on at the gallery.  All artists will continue to display their work, and sales will continue as usual.  Classes and workshops will be held as scheduled, without pause.

Enhanced use of available space at the gallery is the goal of this change.  The gallery will have a much more open aspect to it, providing for a better interpretation of the space.  The guest artist area, known as the Studio Gallery will be moved, the North Gallery will move as well.  All free standing tri-fold panels will disappear, without losing the number of spaces needed for present artist members and future ones.

ARTWORKS has a system in place for artists who are interested in joining.  An application  is available at the sales desk at ARTWORKS and under the “Documents” tab of our website.  The five page form explains the process by which an applicant is juried as well as responsibilities of membership if accepted.  Samples of the prospective artist’s work must be dropped off at the gallery ten days before the date of jurying.  The jurors meet every three months.  More detailed information is available by calling ARTWORKS at 304-233-7540. Betsy Cox, gallery curator, is head juror.

ARTWORKS around town is a non-profit Gallery and Art Center benefitting artists and the general public of the region.  Located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market at 2200 Market St., the hours are 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Fridays when closing is at 6 p.m.

Follow our progress on our Facebook page and on our website:  Photos will be provided as work continues throughout the month of April.  Included are some “before” shots.

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April Waltz Featured at ARTWORKS’ March 1st Friday

Wheeling resident, April Waltz,  will display her paintings at ARTWORKS around town for the month of March. The opening reception will take place from 5:30 until 8 p.m. in the Studio Gallery of ARTWORKS in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market.

Waltz has been creative all her life.  She considers painting to be her main strength, especially in watercolors.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Jefferson College with a major in fine art and a minor in psychology.  Waltz has exhibited and participated with many art groups locally including Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Center, Tamarack, Wheeling Artisan Center and Steubenville Art Association.  She is a former member of ARTWORKS as well.  She is a Signature Member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society.

Waltz is expanding her creative horizons to include digital photography and social media.  In her Artist Statement she states, “I have found an audience, on instagram mainly, with a very particular interest in hair.  As a visual artist, this has been a very new experience for me to have a larger audience that is focused on hair rather than fine art.  It still boils down to making images.” She continues, “Working quickly with myself as the main subject of my instagram images, has brought a lot of changes in my self-confidence and technical abilities.” Her goal is to bring creativity to all areas of her life in everything she does without worrying about whether it is fine art or not.  Waltz is known on Instagram as aprilskytom and on youtube as April Rapunzel.

The North Gallery will feature artwork from clients of the Sexual Assault Help Center.  Since 1978, the SAHC has been serving victims of sexual violence in the Upper Ohio Valley.  They offer 24/7 help and advocacy for those in need of their services.

ARTWORKS around town is a non profit gallery offering exhibit space for juried artists as well as educational programs for the community.  Located at 2200 Market St., hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except for Friday when closing is at 6.

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February Third Friday Features Laura Cramblet

Sean Decker of the Bridge and Tunnel Collective has announced Laura Cramblet will take the stage for February’s Third Friday on the 15th from 7:30- 10:p.m.  The performance will take place in the Studio Gallery at ARTWORKS around town, in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market.

Cramblet is a celebrated and well known singer and songwriter. She performs at venues either as a solo artist, as a duo with Brooke Deal or with her band, the Laura Cramblet Band. According to her website, “Cramblet’s songs and lyrics are both poignant and heart-felt; her voice is warm and soothing while her guitar and hammered dulcimer playing are noteworthy.”

Brooke “doc” Deal adds a whole new dimension to Laura’s songs. She joined Cramblet in 2017. Deal is also affiliated with another local band from Bethany, “Harald and the Hot Pockets”.  She is a professor at Bethany College as is another band member, Panel Collaros, who is lead guitar as well as sound technician.  He is currently working on Cramblet’s new CD, due to be released sometime in 2019.  Her first CD, “Shadyside of Heaven” came out in 2014.

Cramblet is most remembered as a member of Grass Menagerie, a popular band from the D.C. area.  She was also a member of Kinfolk, Honeysuckle Rose and WV Grass.  Currently, her music is streaming on Spotify, Jango, Google Chrome, etc.

Surrounding the musicians is the artwork of Ed Doughty, longtime ARTWORKS associate member artist.  In the North Gallery is the photography of Owens Brown.  ARTWORKS is a non profit gallery providing exhibit space for juried artists as well as community and educational programs.  Hours are 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Fridays, when closing is at 6:00 p.m.

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Artworks own, Ed Doughty featured artist for February

Appearing in the Studio Gallery at ARTWORKS around town for the month of February is well-known artist and wood carver, Ed Doughty.  Doughty has been a member of Artworks for many years and has delighted visitors to the gallery with his realistic images of historic buildings and bridges rendered in paint as well as three-dimensional carved wood pieces.  The show will open with a free reception from 5:30 until 8 p.m. at Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market, 2200 Market St.

Doughty grew up during the Great Depression as part of a large family struggling to make ends meet in the steel manufacturing town of Martins Ferry, Ohio.  He escaped the stress of his situation by using his imagination.  He loved to draw.  When he was in the eighth grade, the Times Leader Newspaper featured the mural work he had rendered on the Central School windows and chalkboards.

As an adult, Ed became a carpenter and cabinet maker but he retained his passion for sketching and painting.  He soon combined his artistic abilities with his cabinet making skills creating thousands of wood carvings and miniatures.  Calling Doughty “a history buff”, his wife, Helen has been a huge supporter and has steadfastly been at his side during this creative journey.  His carved subjects include; Civil war cannon and caissons, covered bridges, locomotives, stagecoaches, Conestoga wagons, antique fire engines, horses and even Queen Elizabeth’s golden carriage.  He has specialized in recreating historically significant structures in miniature, including representations of the Bridgeport-Wheeling Island Covered Bridge, Hilltop Two Room schoolhouse, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge, the Oglebay Mansion and Monument Place.

His many awards include a recognization by the Steubenville Art Association for his painting of the Sammis Lock with a barge on the Ohio River.  He has also been recognized with the Ohio Senate Merit Award.  This painting will be in the February show along with pieces including Native American and Norse-style tools and carved and painted birds.  He has also had work displayed at the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing, Ohio and the Monroe Art Center. He has also won the James Kaupman Memorial Award.

In the North Gallery, Owens Brown’s photographs will be on display for the entire month.  Brown is the president of the WV NAACP and past president of the Wheeling NAACP.  He states “This exhibition is about letting the majority culture see how Afro-centric beauty is defined.”  As far as how he decides what to photograph, he does not look for anything specific.  “Whenever I think I see the subject for a picture I will take it without hesitation.”  Tim Midget gave him his first water color kit.  At first, he wanted to paint the pictures that he took with his camera but he discovered that he was better at photography than at painting.

ARTWORKS around townis a non profit gallery providing exhibit space for juried artists as well as promoting educational activities for the community.  Hours are 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. except for Fridays when closing is at 6:00 p.m.

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The New Year Brings Pigs to ARTWORKS

2019 is the year of the Earth Pig, or Boar, which starts on Feb. 5, 2019 (Chinese Lunar New year) and lasts until January 24, 2020.  Gallery Curator, Betsy Cox invited members of ARTWORKS to create works in all media interpreting the year of the Pig.  The exhibit will open with a free reception on January 4th from 5:30 until 8 p.m. at ARTWORKS around town, located in the north end of Wheeling’s historic Centre Market.

The Pig occupies the last position in the Chinese Zodiac.

According to legend, personality traits of people born under this sign are happy, easygoing, honest, trusting, educated, sincere and brave.  Dark sides of the Pig people include stubbornness, over-reliant, self-indulgent, quick to anger and materialistic.  Laziness and untidiness are also negative traits.  Some sources claim they are blessed with a great endurance level.  Female Boars tend to be highly family oriented, attending to their husband’s demands and pampering their children.

Member artists will be able to use any medium from two-dimensional paintings and photographs, to three-dimensional ceramic or sculpture pieces.  According to Cox, “This theme is rarely seen in art shows” and should provide a wide array of interesting work.  The North Gallery will display work of students who participate in the weekly workshops/classes held at ARTWORKS.

Greg Siegwart teaches an oil painting class on Mondays.  He states, ”My goal as an instructor is to teach how to apply paint and demonstrate what the different materials and their properties will do and how they work with each other.  We Paint.” On Tuesdays, Pat Jacobson teaches a class in drawing.  She “encourages her drawing students to loosen up, to get the feeling of drawing and to approach their drawing with vigor.”  On Wednesdays, Janet Sheehan provides instruction in watercolor painting, which she has done since 2013.  According to Sheehan, “Classes focus on learning the basics of the medium, including materials needed, techniques for achieving desired results, characteristics of the paints as well as color theory and mixing.  We have fun.”  Sandy Hadsell holds an “Open Studio” on Fridays.  This is an opportunity for painters to bring their own materials and practice in any medium while in the company of other artists.  All classes are held at ARTWORKS from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  There is a nominal charge for all of the classes.  For information on these classes contact the desk at ARTWORKS around town @ 304-233-7540.

ARTWORKS around town is a non-profit Gallery providing exhibit space for juried artists as well as community outreach educational activities.  Located at 2200 Market Street in Wheeling, hours are 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturday, except Fridays, when closing is at 6 p.m.

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Holiday Music at December’s Third Friday

ARTWORKS around town is pleased to announce an evening of Holiday music on this month’s Third Friday, December 21st  beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Two local schools will be featured in a festive offering of some of the area’s most musically-gifted youngsters.

The Central Catholic High School choir will perform from 7:30 to 8.  The choir is under the direction of J. Matthew White, who also accompanies the group.  This event will feature secular and religious Christmas music and will offer something for everyone.

Following at 8p.m. will be a performance of  members of the Wheeling Park High School Bluegrass band.  Under the guidance of Bob Turbanic, the group has been a long standing institution at Wheeling Park and has performed all across the area over the years; carrying on the proud tradition  of celebrating Appalachian music and culture.

In the words of Third Friday co-ordinator, Sean Decker, “ What an amazing opportunity to bring both these schools and the greater Wheeling community together in the spirit of the holiday.”    Open Mic will take place from 9-10 p.m., concluding the evening’s events.  Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.  All proceeds from the evening’s donations will go to the two schools’ music programs.  Surrounding the musicians and guests in the Studio Gallery is the artwork of artists who have joined Artworks during the past year.  In the North Gallery, the artwork of students from Martins Ferry Middle and High School is featured for the entire month of December.

ARTWORKS around town is a nonprofit charitable and educational organization that operates a Gallery and Art Center for the benefit of the artists and general public of the region.  Hours are 10 a.m until 5:30p.m Monday through Saturday except for Fridays when closing is at 6p.m..  Artworks is located at 2200 Market Street in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market.

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It’s New Member time at December Gallery Hop

Each December, ARTWORKS around townpresents works by artists who were juried into membership during the current year.  Mike Swartzmiller, Diana Wagner and Laura Bitely will be honored during the December 7th Gallery Hop in the Studio Gallery from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  The reception is free and open to the public.

Diana Wagner makes luscious soaps and creams that come in a variety of scents and have multiple uses. There are goat milk based soaps infused with green tea, lemon grass, spearmint and eucalyptus among other ingredients.  There are some made just for dogs, even one called “smelly dog soap”.  There is one for poison ivy and one for acne.  The lotions are also made with a variety of herbs and are packaged in handy round tin containers.  Wagner lives on a small family farm in south-east Ohio and has been making her products since 2014.  She is proud to have established a following of happy, repeat customers.

Mike Swartzmiller is a life long resident of Hancock County in West Virginia.  He is a self-proclaimed “painterly Impressionist”.  He concentrates more on the application of the medium and color rather than the realism and discipline of most painting styles. Most of his work is in acrylic paint on canvas although he experiments with rice paper, cardboard and up-scaled items.

Swartzmiller is dedicated to community service on a personal level.  He has donated works of art and provided free classes for non-profit fundraisers.  He acted as an educational consultant on the establishment of an “arts infused” charter school in his area.

Laura Bitely is ARTWORKS’ latest featured Young Artist.  This is a category open to up-and-coming artists between eighteen and thirty years of age.  The work they submit is juried.  If accepted, they exhibit and sell for a period of six months with an option of becoming a permanent member after that time.

Bitely’s work is fresh and colorful.  She plans her work digitally, allowing her to “play with bright color and crisp patterns that add a cartoon like feel to her work.”  She goes on to say that her work tends towards “the surreal, with disparate elements being combined or taken out of context.”

In the North Gallery, Martins Ferry Middle and High School will exhibit work.  The students are under the guidance of Natalie Zambori.  The North Corner shop has seasonal works and jewelry for sale.

ARTWORKS around townis a non profit gallery dedicated to promoting artwork and providing ongoing community education.  Located in historic Centre Wheeling Market at 2200 Market Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Friday when closing is at 6 p.m.

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November Gallery Hop to feature Helen Sweeney

Helen Sweeney

Helen Sweeney, well known and celebrated artist will be the guest exhibitor at ARTWORKS around town for the month of  November.  She will be honored at a reception in the Studio Gallery from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018.  The opening is free and open to the public.

Sweeney resides in Weirton, West Virginia where she paints  nostalgic scenes of flowers, homes, front porches and more. She states she is “a realistic watercolor artist who tries to capture the feeling of my subject” in her paintings.  She works in transparent watercolors.  Her works have been accepted into juried festivals at Westerville, Salt Fork, Findlay, Marion and Willoughby.

An active member of the Steubenville Art Association, she has exhibited at a number of art shows including Wellsburg, Steubenville, Wheeling and East Liverpool.  Her awards include first place, purchase, special awards and honorable mention.

Artwork by students at Union Local Elementary School, under the direction of Shauna Benson, will be featured in the North Gallery.  Benson states “In my classroom, I try to prepare engaging lessons so that my students will be excited to create art.  Having their artworks on display can help encourage and motivate a student to do their best.”

ARTWORKS around town is a nonprofit charitable and educational Gallery and Art Center, located at 2200 Market Street, in the historic Centre Market.  Hours are 10 a.m  until 5:30 p.m.  Monday through Saturday except for Friday, when closing is at 6 p.m.

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