A double treat is in store for guests at ARTWORKS around town during the month of September. A group of four student artists will present their work in the Studio Gallery and The Ohio Valley Photography Club will display their work in the Student section of the North Gallery. The exhibits open with a free public reception at the Gallery Hop on Friday, September 6, 2019, from 5:30- 8 p.m. in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market, 2200 Market St.
“For Being” is the title of the show in the guest gallery. The work includes painting, print making and photography and is presented by four students pursuing their educations in art, art education and elementary education. Annabella Paree, a member of the group, commented “For Being is a collective yet individual group of work that centers around four students /friends with their ideas that explore the many stages and experiences of personal life.” Even though these artists “have only experienced life for a short while”, they want to convey certain aspects of living that are meaningful and impactful and they will do this through their art.
Annabella Paree, a Wheeling native, is a 20 year old painter and student at West Virginia University. She is working towards a Bachelors Degree in the field of Art Education. In her words, she wants to “further her research into studying an individual as a subject with a medium of oil painting in the form of portraits”.
Also from Wheeling is William Tallman , a 20 year old photographer. He is currently seeking a Bachelors Degree in Visual Communication Design from West Liberty University. Tallman plans to use his skills to document his love of traveling and photography with a goal to create a photojournalism magazine.
Faith McCardle is a 21 year old artist seeking her bachelors in Art Education from WVU. She is a printmaker who uses bright colors to alter the overall feeling or message of the print. In McCardle’s words she “uses printmaking to tell small events in her life that have shaped her into who she is today, and uses artwork as a way to connect to others on a friend level”.
Katherine Stamper is a 21 year old illustrator from Glen Dale, WV. She is studying for two Bachelor Degrees, Art Education and Elementary Education. She feels this experience of displaying her work at Artworks is an opportunity to be more involved in the community.
On the other side of the North Gallery the works of The Ohio Valley Photography Club will be on display. The group provides an informal environment for photographers of all skill levels who use any and all types of photographic equipment and editing software. In the words of member Sharon Slokan, “The Club strives to meet, explore and expand creative vision and technical knowledge in a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere”.
The thirty five member group has an active schedule of meetings held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the Wheeling area. The members create and present information about their areas of interest, which may include, nature, cityscape, events, family, macro, night and sports. The club has been fortunate in having local professional photographers share their knowledge with members. They occasionally schedule photo sessions at times and places other than regular meetings, allowing for a sharing of knowledge and to interact in a less structured environment. The club displays as a group, in several exhibits a year and some of their members have been accepted into juried events. “ IN Wheeling Magazine” has featured the club in a recent publication. Young adults to older adults are welcomed and encouraged to attend several meetings before joining the club. Slokan remarks “If you love photography like we do, check out the Ohio Valley Photography Club on Facebook or contact us at email@example.com for more information.” There will be a special mention of celebrated photographer and friend of the group, Jay Stock at he opening on September 6.
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. Located at 2200 Market Street, hours are 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.Monday through Saturday except for Friday when closing is at 6 p.m.. Anyone interested in becoming a member of Artworks, please access the website artworksaroundtown.com.