December Gallery Hop to Feature 2012 New Members

The December gallery hop at Artworks Around Town will feature new associate members for the year 2012. The new members are Patricia Croft, Sarah Henwood and Joan Stamp. The show will include works from existing members as well. The Student Gallery will feature the work of students from the Martins Ferry Elementary and Middle schools, taught by Natalie Zambori. An open reception for the public will be held on Friday evening, December 7th from 5:00 to 8:00 in the gallery to meet the artists and view their work. Hors d’oeuvres and appetizers will be served.

While working through AmeriCorps, Patricia Croft and her husband Andrew relocated from Rhode Island to Wheeling in late 2009. Patricia holds a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has completed numerous murals and commissions in the area. In addition, she has exhibited her work in Pittsburgh, Wheeling, as well as multiple venues in Rhode Island. Included in her repertoire are a variety of miscellaneous crafts (such as recycling old t-shirts into rugs, bags, ponchos, wine holders, etc.), murals, and crocheting. She also loves being involved with children and is the current director of the Wheeling Children’s Museum.

Sarah Emily Henwood, a fantasy artist originally from Jacksonville, Florida, joined Artworks Around Town in June of this year. Having been raised in a creative family, the open-mindedness of the fantasy genre has always appealed to, and inspired her. Much of her adult life was spent in Jersey City. It was there, as a high school student, that she was able to attend classes offered for young artists at NJCU, Newark Museum of Art, and F.I.T in NYC. With those few classes aside, most of her technique with acrylic is self-taught and constantly being honed. “It’s not like riding a bike. You have to constantly push yourself to improve and remember what you have learned…and as an artist, you are NEVER done learning.”

Far from the fledgling artist she once was, her art has been experienced by viewers at galleries all along the east coast and, in 2006, she was nominated by her piers as “Best New Fantasy Artist” for her small format work on eBay.

While Sarah does create many traditional mythological creatures, with her own spin of course, a lot of her modern subjects come from her own unique mental universe. A colorful combination of beauty, surreality, and sensuality give her work a mysticism all its own. The following comment on Sarah’s work was also found in The Hudson Current. “Her almost Gothic yet romantic portraits beautifully capture creatures of legend and mythology…”

Sarah currently resides in Adena, Ohio with her favorite creation, her son Robbie, and his wonderful father.

Creativity has always been very satisfying to Wheeling artist, Joan Stamp. Over the years she has worked and experimented with various mediums of arts and crafts, including throwing pottery, quilting, cross stitch, watercolor, oils and teaching needlepoint. Beading allowed her to combine an interest in fashion and accessorizing, thus creating one of a kind jewelry for herself. The pieces she makes are materials and designs unavailable in retail stores. Joan has been beading for about 6 years and, at the encouragement of her interior designer, began her business and selling her designs.

Joan’s work uses high quality materials that include semiprecious stones, pearls, and fine metals gathered throughout her travels across the country and abroad. Mixing textures and colors, as well as natural elements with man-made silver and gold pieces, such as Hill Tribe silver, she seeks to create fashion forward pieces with unexpected detail. In many of her pieces she explores asymmetry, which adds a unique and elegant flair to even the simplest design. It gives her great pleasure not only to create the pieces but also to see her customers wearing and enjoying them.

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. ARTWORKS around town’s Mission is to: promote and encourage public interest in support of the arts, offer quality arts programming for all ages, and provide opportunities to display art work in a gallery setting for students of art as well as for accomplished artists in the local community and the region. The Gallery and Art Center is operated by The Board of Directors with assistance from artist associates and other volunteers from the local community and region. It depends for its financial support primarily on contributions, gifts and grants.

Artists may apply to be juried for exhibiting in the gallery. Through this jury process the Board of Directors considers artistic merit, content and craftsmanship as well as the applicant’s resonance with the Mission of the Gallery and Art Center, and the availability of space. The next jury for membership will be January 12th.

As a special feature, artists whose works are on display are found in the gallery as guides, providing interaction with visitors, and often opportunities to watch the creative process. These artist associates also support the mission of ARTWORKS around town by volunteering to help with office work and maintenance, teaching workshops, curating and hanging shows and many other aspects of the day-to-day functioning of the Gallery and Art Center.

The Gallery and Art Center is located at 2200 Market Street, in the Upper Market House of the Historic Centre Market Area.

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