What do a lawyer, a computer/math professor and a potter all have in common? They are all artist members of ARTWORKS around town at the Centre Market in Wheeling. They are this year’s new members and an exhibit of their marvelous artworks will be opening on Dec. 5th in the Studio Gallery of Artworks from 5:00 to 8PM. As always the public is invited to this free gallery hop at the Centre Market, 2200 Market Street. In the North Gallery will be the work of Martins Ferry Elementary and Middle Schools.
Janet Sheehan has always been an artist. As a young child and teenage, she dabbled in art, taking some classes but never taking art seriously until her youngest son left “the nest”. Now Janet is a watercolor teacher at Artworks. She has developed proficiency in watercolor with the guidance of Janet Rodriguez, the former watercolor instructor at Artworks, and local watercolorist, Bill Rettig.
Honored this year with a merit award in the West Virginia Watercolor Society’s show, Janet is always exploring and adding to her artistic knowledge in drawing as well. Yes, she is a lawyer and graduate of Duquesne University and West Virginia University and has been a hearing lawyer for 26 years but her artistic career has become a wonderful addition to all her other skills.
Paul Latos has been a potter since being introduced to the skill at Brooke High School. Further study at Glenville State and WVU added to his skill with the completion of a Master in Fine Arts. Starting his career as a potter in rural WV, Paul quickly progressed from his two car garage studio to a newly built facility to now residing in a three story building in historic North Wheeling. Along with his working studio, he has a first floor showroom of his work, which has been sold in numerous galleries across the country. He has exhibited at the Renwick Gallery in DC and the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulfur Springs.
Pottery produced in the Linn Pottery Studio has been collected by art patrons in Canada, Japan, China, Korea, Ireland and across the US. He has been honored by receiving both the Best of West Virginia Award from Gov. Gaston Caperton and the Top Producer Award by Tamarack in Beckley, WV. His utilitarian stoneware, elegant porcelain and specialty works of low fired earthenware will be on display at this new members opening.
Then there is the computer science/mathematics professor who has always been interested in art. Margaret Gerosh has been taking a variety of classes at Artworks and the Stifel Art Center and now private lessons with Mark Fleming in acrylic and oil. Using many of her memories from her numerous trips all over the world, Meg has created new and fresh works of art. For a college graduate who started out with a degree in French, Meg has certainly strayed far from all her academic roots.
Meg is a member of the Independent Artists Group, which meets to do figure drawing at the Stifel Center. Along with her lessons from various local teachers, Meg believes she has developed some of her art from her study of computer graphics and what can be done artistically with computers. Meg’s work is not computer-like or abstract or even geometric. Her paintings are lovely recreations of many of her adventures in a varied life far from her Akron, Ohio roots.
Anyone who views this exhibit of New Members at Artworks will be treated to an interesting and arresting exhibit of beautifully crafted work by dedicated artists who are following a love of creating their own beauty in this work.