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.