“Watermedia to the MAX” should be the title of the newest show at Artworks Around Town opening Friday, May 2, 2014, for the newest gallery hop from 5:30-8PM at the Centre Market. Trish McKinney, Karen Becker Benedetti, and Rose Huart are amazing Ohio artists working in watermedia. In the North Gallery will be the art work of Union Local High School. These students are exemplary artists and crafts persons. All gallery hops are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are provided.
Trish McKinney, Karen Becker Benedetti and Rosie Huart are watermedia artists to the “enth” degree. These women are working in any and all watermedias with their many chosen techniques that can be used. They draw inspiration from life around them and translate it for the viewer.
Watermedia can mean any media using water as a basis including watercolor in tubes, liquids, and pans as well as acrylic, acrylic inks, gouache, casein, and fluid acrylic. These water mediums are manipulated using a variety of tools from brushes to using water itself. Working on handmade and self-made papers, including collage, these women push themselves to explore new textures and strive for unpredictable results.
Karen specializes in creating work with layers on watercolor paper, boards, or canvases. Trish uses the colors of her childhood and her relationships with the human spirit to create mixed watermedia pieces which are poured using no brushes but are created in color manipulated by water. Rosie’s works include techniques using calligraphy, papermaking combined with bookmaking, creative writing, and poetry.
These women take their inspiration from a variety of experiences. Rosie uses Eastern spirituality. Trish’s fascination with color has always inspired her since a child, colors’ spontaneity and vibrancy aid in her creating her vibrant artwork. Karen’s work is nature oriented centering on landscapes using earth forms as her primary focus.
Trish and Rosie have conducted workshops in France, Greece, and Italy. Along with Karen these women have written many publications (their own books) and have been the subject of published articles about their creations in numerous artistic magazines. Trish has also been an illustrator.
All three members of this fascinating group have won a LARGE variety of awards from local, regional, as well as national watercolor and watermedia shows. These amazing women have taught workshops, seminars, and given demonstrations both in the United States and in Europe. They have won prizes in shows across the United States and their works are part of numerous private and corporate collections.
Wheeling area art patrons are in for a special treat for the month of May. The fascinating works created by these three unique artists will be displayed at Artworks until May 27th. As always, Artworks strives to bring the public the best and most unique art experiences in the area. Visit our gallery at the Centre Market, 2200 Market Street, Wheeling.