Sesquicentennial Celebration features West Virginia Artists on June 7th

To celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the statehood of West Virginia, Artworks Around Town, located at 2200 Market Street in the Centre Market, has created a once in a lifetime show of six celebrated West Virginia artists. As always, the opening of this show is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.Coke Ovens in Production

Marilyn Hughey Phillis, curator of gallery shows at Artworks created this celebratory show to display the work of West Virginia artists and remind the public of the rich history of arts in West Virginia. The show includes Anne H. Foreman, Susan Poffenbarger, Pat Roberts, Robert Wren Smith, Brian Taylor, and Linda J.C. Turner. All these artists are award winners and honored for their individual skill in their chosen mediums including watercolor, acrylics, oil, and mixed media assemblage.

Local artists included in the show are Anne Hazlett Foreman and Brian V. Taylor, both members of Artworks. Anne Hazlett Foreman, well known as an acrylic artist who has illustrated a number of local history books, is also well known for her numerous paintings of dogs and other animals, including cats and birds. Anne is an active reinactor with the Fort Henry Days celebration and other local historical events. She graduated from Mt. deChantal Academy and from Chatham College with an excellent command of her choice of medium whether acrylic or watercolor. Anne has created numerous murals of local history which are displayed at Wilson Lodge in Oglebay Park and at the Artwork’s gallery in the Centre Market.

Brian TaylorBrian V. Taylor, also an active member of Artworks Around Town, is a self-taught late developing artist. He completed 13 lessons in pencil and ink with the 12 Famous Artists Course, but was never able to finish the remaining art lesson in 1957. Never daunted, Brian, in 2002, once again entered a correspondence school of art, the Stratford Career Institute, and completed the courses with high honors. Later in 2002, Brian was juried into Artworks. Brian works mainly in acrylic to create mostly landscapes of dramatic beauty. Taylor strongly believes that the artist in his soul will create his artistic character and destiny, according to the vision of the beauty of the Eternal Mind.

From other parts of WV are Linda J.C. Turner, of Jane Lew, a superb watercolorist, Susan Poffenbarger of Charleston, the well-know landscape artist, Pat Roberts mainly a watercolorist who incorporates every medium possible into her work with her “Coal Series” documenting the history of WV coal mining, and Robert Wren Smith, of Vienna, WV who creates superb landscapes, portraits and still life.

Robert Wren Smith is a well schooled and creative watercolorist with numerous prizes and awards from various West Virginia art shows. His boyhood to adulthood love of sketching has continued to develop his skill along with his many courses of study at the Cincinnati Art Academy, Marietta College, and WVU at Parkersburg, where he now teaches. Smith’s current interest is in character studies of people, not the “beautiful people”, but the people with character in their faces.Robert Wren Smith

Robert Wren Smith is always looking for lighting that enhances or presents a dramatic effect regardless of the subject. He believes he improved greatly as an artist once he began to understand the real beauty of light and color. Painting and drawing have always been part of his life’s work and given him a greater understanding of our environment and God’s great creations.

Pat Roberts, daughter of a coal miner, is trying to recreate some of the history of the coal mines and towns that surrounded those mines. She is relying on her skill as a master of many mediums to create this West Virginia Coal Mine Series. She and her husband and four children have backpacked the area of the New River Gorge Canyon to view old coal tipples and the remaining evidence of the coal mining communities in the area of Caperton, Thurmond, Beury and Mann’s Creek.
Typical Hillside Tipple
Linda J.C. Turner is a nationally recognized artist who has been awarded numerous awards for her watercolors in shows in West Virginia and elsewhere.
She has received awards from both the National Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society. Throughout her career as artist, illustrator, teacher and business woman, Linda has created watercolors that have been exhibited in many nationally juried exhibitions. Her works of art are included in permanent collection at the West Virginia Development Office in the Capitol in Charleston and in the collection of the University of Charleston in its Woman Artists of West Virginia Collection.

Susan Poffenbarger has provided little information of her work other than some lovely photos of her superb landscapes. She is a Charleston resident and is well known in southern WV for her works which highlight the loveliness of the West Virginia landscape. Her pastels are often devoid of humans but filled with a tenderness and touch of an artist captivated by her surroundings.
Can Can Trees
This show represents the variety and skill of some of West Virginia’s many fine artists. They are merely a small group who are representing the deep cultural heritage of West Virginia which is filled with a long history of dedicated and talented artists.

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May Gallery Hop to Feature Photographers Len Smith and Guilio Cappelletti

The popularity of Photography as a hobby has sky-rocketed since the introduction of the digital camera. Everyone can take a successful photo since the advent of “automatic”. But what happens when the novice ventures beyond the point-and-shoot world that we live in today? A mystery unfolds. A mystery that becomes less and less mysterious through the introduction of knowledge. When the novice obtains that knowledge, through study, research, experimentation and experience he or she rises above the mundane. The ordinary becomes extraordinary. The novice becomes an artist, able to control the camera to create the image that the mind sees. Having the ability to create what you envision and not be bound by the limitations of what the camera chooses to set for an exposure frees the artist to interpret a mood. When snapshots are elevated to images of art, the novice is no longer a hobbyist, but rather an artist. Photography, as a fine art, will be presented to the public at the “First Friday” gallery hop opening at Artworks Around Town on May 3rd. The works of fine art photographers Len Smith and Guilio Cappelletti will be displayed at Artworks Around Town in the Centre Market of Wheeling. The gallery hop opening is from 5:30 to 8:00 in the evening. Light refreshments will be served and the public is warmly invited to attend. Please join us to meet and talk with these two photographers as well as other Artworks artist members.

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13th Annual Student Art Show of Excellence Opens April 5th

The 13th Annual Student Art Show of Excellence opens on Friday, April 5th at Artworks Around Town, located at 2200 Market Street in Wheeling’s Centre Market. The Student Art Show honors and rewards local student artists in grades three through eight. The winning students receive a money award, a personalized certificate, and a ribbon. Every participant receives a “ribbon of commendation”. The opening begins at 5:30 and continues until 8PM. The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.

It is quite apparent why the Student Art Show of Excellence continues from year to year. It is because of the young children it touches and how these students are changed when they are recognized and treated as the true artists that they are, no matter what their age. This is further reinforced by the many donors and ribbon/award sponsors that the show is lucky enough to have supporting the student’s artistic efforts.

The majority of prize money for the show is donated by private citizens who support Artworks’ mission and ideas about young artists. This year’s show will be judged by William Hooker and Calvin Matzke.

Schools which have participated in previous years include St. Vincent de Paul, St. Michael Parish School, Corpus Christi School, St. Mary Central in Martins Ferry, Wheeling Middle School, Triadelphia Middle School, Steenrod Elementary, Middle Creek Elementary, Moundsville Middle School, Bridgeport Middle School, Shadyside Middle and Junior High, Mt. de Chantal and now the Lyceum Academy, the Linsly School, the Children’s Home of Wheeling, Sherrard Middle School, Union Local Elementary, Barnesville Middle School, Martins Ferry Elementary, the Cat’s Paw Studio, and Woodsdale School.

This year’s show has expanded into Wetzel County and includes more Ohio County Public Schools. There are 61 awards this year, and with the continued financial help of donors and the local artistic community, The Student Art Show of Excellence hopes to expand and honor many more budding young artists in coming years.

Questions, comments, and/or donor information should be directed to Judy Minder at 304-233-0780 or

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2nd Annual “Pat Temple” Flower Show Opens February 1st

It is with very sad hearts that the artists of Artworks Around Town gather on February 1, to honor the memory of our dear friend and colleague, Pat Temple. Pat passed away early Monday morning, January 28. A special moment will be observed during the gallery hop to reflect on Pat and the influence she has had on all of us. Even during her illness Pat displayed the positive, matter-of-fact personality that we have all come to know and love. Pat was a leader and mentor to all of us and her beaming face will forever be missed. While her physical presence will no longer be with us, her love of the arts, the written word, nature and life will continue to be a part of our “family” and she will always have an influence on the work that we do. Words do not express the void that the loss of Pat has left in all of our lives. Rest in peace our dear friend.

And now, as Pat herself would have put it, we must carry on . . .

Spring is here! Yes, it is, right here in Wheeling at Artworks Around Town in the Centre Market. The Second Annual Pat Temple Flower Show is displaying its colorful flowers for the month of February to brighten your gray winter days. As usual, the gallery hop is on the first Friday of the month, February 1st, from 5:30 to 8PM at Artworks Around Town, 2200 Market Street. The hop is free, open to the public and light refreshments are provided.

The idea of a bright colorful flower show was the brainchild of Pat Temple, long time Artworks member and prolific photographer. She believed that members of Artworks and their friends, associates, and students could create a collection of colorful floral artwork to exhibit and scare away those winter blues for all of us.

Pat was never a “professional” photographer, but her hobby has turned into an artistic endeavor as she traveled the world. In the past her travels were with her husband and often with her children and friends. Camping throughout the world, she was able to explore the countries she visited on a more intimate basis, which is often reflected in her character filled photographs.

Pat was a public school teacher in the Ohio County school system. She taught English which has helped her in later life to write excellent, clever and intelligent publicity for Artworks Around Town. Ever generous with her time, ideas, and opinions, Pat has contributed much to help Artworks with a variety of projects, lending her valuable time to help other members when they had difficulty fulfilling their obligations towards the Artworks organization.

At 92, Pat was filled with tons of ideas for projects, thus this Flower Show. She was perceptive and seemed to instinctively know what people enjoy and want to see. An avid nature lover, Pat had belonged to the Schrader Nature Center board and numerous committees over the years. She enjoyed bird watching and the annual bird count.

If you want the truth, Pat never minced words and told you the plain truth. She was fearless and was ever willing to voice her opinions. Her knowledge was varied and vast and honored by her colleagues in the artistic and photographic local community.

This year’s second annual Artworks Flower Show will feature the work of many artist members including Liz Neumann, Janet Rodriquez, Lenora Turbanic, Cheryl Joseph, Robert Sako, Anne Foreman, Sharon Hanse, Sandi Ziolkowski, Betsy Cox, Jeff Mamone, Lynne Mamone and others, including some associates and students of Artworks such as Jody Wharton and Judy Minder.

The show is presented to bring some light and color into the viewer’s lives in these colorless days. Come and enjoy the art. Talk to the member artists, photographers, and craftspeople. On February 1st the lights will be on, delectable snacks will be served. Lively conversation and beautiful works of art will be at Artworks Around Town for your pleasure and anti-winter depression purposes. Pat Temple and Artworks members offer this show as an anti-winter blues remedy and gift to you.

In the North Gallery for the month of February the artwork of the students of the Lyceum Academy, under the direction of art teacher, Georgette Stock, will be on display.

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3rd Friday continues of January 18th

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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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Artworks member, Marilyn Phillis, honored

Artworks Around Town is very proud to announce that one of our founding members, Marilyn Hughey Phillis, AWS, NWS, has been honored for her many years of service and innovation to the Ohio Watercolor Society.  At the opening of the OWS Annual Juried Exhibition on November 3rd, in Columbus, Marilyn received the Jim Brower Lifetime Achievement Award from the society which included a beautifully engraved glass plaque.

Marilyn was a founding member of the Ohio Watercolor Society and has been a board member for the past 34 years.  She recently decided to step down from that position, siting numerous personal reasons, among them, the desire to allow younger members to step in and add fresh ideas and energy to the organization.

During her long tenure with the society, Marilyn served for 6 years as its President.  One of her many accomplishments while leading the OWS was organizing a unique national seminar which attracted artists from 26 states and lasted for 7 sessions.  Of this seminar Marilyn says, “It was a great time of learning for all, and out of that, came some experiences which were times of growth for other state organizations and individual artists.”

Anyone who knows Marilyn knows that receiving such a prestigious award only begins to acknowledge the lifetime of contributions that she has made to the arts.  Congratulations Marilyn!  It is an honor to have you as a founding member of Artworks.


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November Gallery Hop to feature the works of George Kocar

“I think we are all bozos on this bus”.  Adopting a comedy album title from the 1970’s group, Firesign Theater, artist George Kocar cogently sums up his philosophy toward his art.  “It is satire; it is flippant; it is the way I deal with this crazy world through my paintings and drawings.  The red noses, the eye glasses, the bad teeth, and the flying bananas are all symbols that I use to portray my vision of the world.”

Kocar’s work will be exhibited in the Studio Gallery of Artworks Around Town during the month of November.  The opening gallery hop will be friday evening, November 3rd, from 5:00 to 8:00.  Artworks is located in the North end of the historic Centre Market at 2200 Market Street in Wheeling.

George Kocar began his art education at Cuyahoga Community College. He graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in Studio Art.  He began his professional career at a small screen print shop in the nearby town of Macedonia, Ohio.  While there, he created a kind of illustration/logo for the city of Cleveland with the slogan, “Cleveland, you’ve got to be tough!”, which he defines as his first real success.

About this same time, his work was accepted into his first May Show at the Cleveland Museum of Art, arguably one of the most prestigious juried art shows in the country.  This led to invitations to participate in other group shows and to the commencement of his work toward his MFA degree at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.  At this point his career took a sharp upward trajectory.  As he tells the story, “Part of that program involved trips to New York City.  As a result, I obtained illustration commissions from Esquire, the New York Times and numerous others.  My work gained national attention and I got commissions from publications around the country.  I also started getting into New York City gallery shows.  In 1984 I was hired as an illustrator for American Greetings where I worked for the next eighteen years.  I continued freelancing for newspapers,and  magazines as well as painting; entering and getting into many shows.”

Among his one man shows are the Montserrat Gallery in New York; The Trumbull Art gallery in Warren, Ohio; The Erie Art Museum in Erie, Pa; The 5700 Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio.  Juried exhibitions include: “All Ohio”, Zanesvile Art Museum, Zanesville, Ohio; The Butler mid-year Exhibition, Butler Institute for American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Fantastic Visions, the Limner Gallery, Phoenicia, NY; and many years at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Cleveland May Show.

Area residents may recall that Kocar had a one-man show at the Nutting Gallery, West Liberty University in 2011, curated by Gallery Director, Art Professor and well known local artist Robert Villamagna.  He urges observers to look beyond the “cartoonish” surface of his work to its artistic elements of color, design and composition.  That Kocar is a very fine artist is an opinion echoed by Marilyn Phillis, Artworks Around Town member and curator for the Studio Gallery.

Commenting on  his work she says,”He makes social statements with a quirky sense of humor. His art causes one to think, and requires time to get to an understanding of his message.  It is confrontation rather than the lyricism we expect from a work of art.  One of his characters is named Pablo.  Does that remind you of anyone?”

Kocar concludes his artist statement saying,”My attitude toward life has not changed after all these years.  I have experimented with different styles, loose and expressive as well as hard-edge and divisionist.  I am influenced by Picasso, Van Gogh, Munch and scores of cartoonists and illustrators. In true post-modern  fashion.  I borrow from everyone.

I continue to paint, and I still think we are all bozos on this bus.  In keeping with its tradition of providing a venue for the art work of younger children, the North Gallery will feature work by the students of Union Local Elementary School.
Also in the North Gallery: new, old, big, small, with painted designs, photographs, ribbons, shells, etc.  They are all boxes, emerging from the talent and original thinking of the members of  Artworks Around Town.  The Holidays are traditionally a time for putting things into boxes, but when does a box itself become the gift?  When, like these boxes, it becomes a work of art.

The Gallery Hop is free and open to all.  Guests will enjoy refreshments and an opportunity to meet the visiting artist as well as Artworks member artists. For further information visit us on the web at or call (304)232-7540.


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October Gallery Hop to feature the wildlife collage of Sharon Stolzenberger

Lifelong Dayton, Ohio, resident, Sharon Stolzenberger, is a wildlife artist. This statement is true! This statement is false! On Friday, October 5th, visitors to the Artworks Around Town Gallery Hop, will find, upon viewing her paintings, an answer to this seeming paradox. The Hop runs from 5 to 8 PM.
Her inspiration, imagination and the variety of media and techniques she employs produce fascinating images, which go far beyond the mere depiction of a nature subject. At the same time, her extensive study via fieldwork, life drawing and photography guarantee the authenticity of the images. So, she might more accurately be called, “An artist who specializes in wildlife”.
Sharon’s interest in art commenced at an early age when she enjoyed drawing and working with her hands doing crafts. She studied art in high school and her work won a Scholastic Magazine award. Despite her artistic talent, however, she started college with plans to be a veterinarian. This changed when she discovered that, “Math and chemistry were not my strong subjects, and art seemed more natural for me” she explained. This revelation led to a degree from the Dayton Art Institute followed by a period of working for the Gibson Greeting Card Co., first as an illustrator, and finally as Art Director. It was during this time that she started painting animals and found her true calling. As she expresses it, “I always had an interest in nature and the outdoors, but it didn’t fully come to expression until I started painting wildlife.”
Leaving the Gibson Co., she turned her full time attention to her art, doing outdoor juried art shows and fairs, teaching, and doing workshops and demos for art groups. During these years, she also traveled to Peru, Africa, Nepal and India for creative inspiration.
Sharon’s work appears in numerous art publications, has been shown in many prestigious galleries and juried exhibitions, and has won many awards, including: The Ohio Watercolor Society Silver Medal Award, Award of Excellence and Award of Distinction; Middletown Art Center Regional Show, Best of Show and President’s Award; The National Geographic Explorer’s Gallery; National Zoo Wildlife Show; Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibitions and Travel Shows.
Sharon uses watercolor extensively in her work explaining that she loves its spontaneity and prefers the loose wet-in-wet technique for expressing the essence of her wildlife subjects. Intrigued with shapes, patterns and textures in nature, she has begun experimenting with collage, image transfers, acrylic and pencil to further explore the boundaries of interpreting nature themes.
Visitors to a gallery observing the works of art usually have little understanding of the time, effort and creativity that go into the production of the piece. Sharon has drawn back the curtain and explained to her viewers some of this process. She describes the painting “Secrets and Symbols” thus: “The piece evolved from an overall texture pattern I had painted on watercolor board. I used opaque values to subdue the background while at the same time creating the bird and antelope shapes. The painting was finished by a push/pull technique of painting and lifting colors, shapes and patterns.”
While this gives us some understanding and appreciation of the complexity of the creative process, it may not be very meaningful to non-artists, however, visitors to the Gallery Hop will be enlightened as Sharon is giving a demonstration during the evening. Working in the Studio Gallery, where there is plenty of room for observers, she will do a painting incorporating drawing, acrylic, collage and image transfer.
The exhibit in the North Gallery will be presented by Marian House. Also in the North Gallery will be a new project presented by the members of Artworks Around Town. Building on the success of the summer’s watering cans, members will decorate boxes for the winter months. Webster’s Dictionary defines a box as, “A rigid typically rectangular container with or without a cover.” Thinking outside the box is probably a better way to describe the varied and various “containers” visitors will find at the October Hop.
Artworks Around Town is located at the North end of the historic Centre Market at 2200 Market Street. Guests at the Gallery Hop will enjoy refreshments and music and will have an opportunity to meet gallery members as well as the visiting artist. As always, the Hop is free and open to all. For further information, visit the website at, or phone (304) 232-7540.

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September Gallery Hop – “Vision and Expression – Art of Yan Sun and Hong Yin”

The distance from China to Ohio’s Muskingum University is great, but that is the path traveled by internationally acclaimed artists, Yan Sun and Hong Yin, whose work will be exhibited in the Studio gallery of Artworks Around Town and introduced to the public at the Gallery Hop Friday, September 7th from 5:00 to 8:00PM.
Yan_SunYan Sun grew up in an intellectual household in China at the time of the “Cultural Revolution”, and was sent at the age of 14 to the countryside, first to work on a farm, and then, for the next 7 years, to work in the coal mines. One of the custodians in the mine was the former Art Editor of a Chinese publishing house. Yan Sun wanted this gentleman to give him art lessons, which he was finally, after much coaxing, persuaded to do. So his first art education came at the end of long, arduous days digging coal. Some of his earliest paintings are representations of these years.
With the return of the universities in China, Yan Sun continued his education in a more formalized setting, earning degrees, first at Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou and then at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts. His M.F.A. in painting and drawing was awarded by Texas A&M University.
Presently Professor of Art and Gallery Director at Muskingum University, Yan Sun has received numerous honors for his work and his devotion to the community including the William Oxley Thompson award for excellence in teaching and the William Rainey Harper award for outstanding scholarship. The Zanesville Museum of Art named its “Diverse Cultures” Gallery after him, and Cambridge Mayor, Tom Orr presented the “Key to the City” to him for his time and his artistic efforts on behalf of the city’s residents, civic groups and other organizations.
If a single word could sum up his work, it might be “eclectic”. Employing a wide variety of media, techniques, and subject matter, it is difficult to believe upon viewing that this is all the work of one supremely talented artist.generation after generation
His most recent solo shows include exhibitions in the Zanesville Museum of Art; The Tuscarawas Center for the Arts; Canton Museum of Art; Wright State University; Ohio University; The Hayden Museum of American Art and Kordey Gallerie, both in Texas.
He has earned awards in local, national and international exhibitions including Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional, Southeast Ohio Watermedia Society, Cathedral International Juried Exhibition, Best of Show in the International Touring Art Exhibition. The Hayden Museum published Yan Sun’s paintings in books: “Life. Time. Space” and “Cross Culture. Cross century”
In expressing some of his philosophy of painting, Yan Sun says, “The best paintings are visualizations of the artist’s subjective feelings. Each artwork may not describe a specific story, but rather should attempt to challenge the mind and soul of the beholder and direct him to reflect upon philosophical ideas about life itself, as well as time and space.”
Watching a distinguished artist at work is a privilege afforded to few people, but visitors to the Gallery Hop will have just that opportunity. A very fortunate Ohio Valley resident will have his or her portrait painted by Yan Sun during the course of the evening. The artist has also very generously offered to donate the proceeds from this project to Artworks Around Town.
Yan Sun’s portraits are beautiful and various, featuring such diverse subjects as dancers and musicians, cowboys (and girls), Chinese children and families, Muskingum University Professors, and American Indians, with whom he feels a strong cultural and spiritual connection.
Hong_Yin Born in an artist home that is of Tibetan descent, Hong Yin started painting and drawing when she was a little girl. Growing up to seek a formal art education, she first attended Northwest China Normal University. Continuing her work at Xi’an Academy of Fine Art, she earned a Master’s degree in Western Art History. She received both an M.A. and a D.Ed. degree from Texas A&M Univsity where she was named “Alumni Ambassador”.
Hong Yin is now Assistant Professor of Art at Muskingum University teaching Western Art History and Graphic Design.
Her work has been chosen for exhibition in many juried shows such as: Murphy Hill Gallery, Chicago; Southeast Ohio Watermedia Society; Annual Ohio Exhibition, Zanesville Museum of Art; Women Artists Show, Butler Museum of Art, Youngstown; Visions IX Cathedral International Juried Exhibition. She was awarded “Best of Show” in 2010 at the Southeast Ohio Watermedia Society Show.
Hong Yin is the author of several books, including: “An Exploration Into Graphic Design”, “The Old Silk Road”, “Contemporary Chinese Painting” and “The Unity of Nature and Humanity-Chinese Mausoleum Stone Sculptures in the Tang Dynasty”.
While she is interested in many subjects in her painting, her favorite is the Tibetan people and land. She has traveled to the Tibetan area many times and finds endless inspiration for her art creations.
Hong Yin believes the infinite beauty of art is achieved through the artist’s creative imagination, in the presence of which “The Noise of this world dims” and the “viewer” is moved by the artistic impact of forms and meanings.”
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The North Gallery of Artworks will host a display of art created by plein air painters which curator Bob Sako, describes as “Painted in Oglebay Park and other places”.
Anne Foreman, Chairman of the Special Projects Committee of the gallery wants everyone to know that there are still a few watering cans for sale, and, when autumn comes, they can move into the house to water the indoor plants or simply to serve as artistic decorations.
As always, the Gallery Hop is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, and gallery members will be on hand, as well as the exhibiting artists to greet and interact with visitors. The Gallery is located in the North end of the Historic Centre Market at 2200 Main Street in Wheeling.

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