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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