Holiday Music at December’s Third Friday

ARTWORKS around town is pleased to announce an evening of Holiday music on this month’s Third Friday, December 21st  beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Two local schools will be featured in a festive offering of some of the area’s most musically-gifted youngsters.

The Central Catholic High School choir will perform from 7:30 to 8.  The choir is under the direction of J. Matthew White, who also accompanies the group.  This event will feature secular and religious Christmas music and will offer something for everyone.

Following at 8p.m. will be a performance of  members of the Wheeling Park High School Bluegrass band.  Under the guidance of Bob Turbanic, the group has been a long standing institution at Wheeling Park and has performed all across the area over the years; carrying on the proud tradition  of celebrating Appalachian music and culture.

In the words of Third Friday co-ordinator, Sean Decker, “ What an amazing opportunity to bring both these schools and the greater Wheeling community together in the spirit of the holiday.”    Open Mic will take place from 9-10 p.m., concluding the evening’s events.  Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.  All proceeds from the evening’s donations will go to the two schools’ music programs.  Surrounding the musicians and guests in the Studio Gallery is the artwork of artists who have joined Artworks during the past year.  In the North Gallery, the artwork of students from Martins Ferry Middle and High School is featured for the entire month of December.

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.  Hours are 10 a.m until 5:30p.m Monday through Saturday except for Fridays when closing is at 6p.m..  Artworks is located at 2200 Market Street in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market.

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It’s New Member time at December Gallery Hop

Each December, ARTWORKS around townpresents works by artists who were juried into membership during the current year.  Mike Swartzmiller, Diana Wagner and Laura Bitely will be honored during the December 7th Gallery Hop in the Studio Gallery from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  The reception is free and open to the public.

Diana Wagner makes luscious soaps and creams that come in a variety of scents and have multiple uses. There are goat milk based soaps infused with green tea, lemon grass, spearmint and eucalyptus among other ingredients.  There are some made just for dogs, even one called “smelly dog soap”.  There is one for poison ivy and one for acne.  The lotions are also made with a variety of herbs and are packaged in handy round tin containers.  Wagner lives on a small family farm in south-east Ohio and has been making her products since 2014.  She is proud to have established a following of happy, repeat customers.

Mike Swartzmiller is a life long resident of Hancock County in West Virginia.  He is a self-proclaimed “painterly Impressionist”.  He concentrates more on the application of the medium and color rather than the realism and discipline of most painting styles. Most of his work is in acrylic paint on canvas although he experiments with rice paper, cardboard and up-scaled items.

Swartzmiller is dedicated to community service on a personal level.  He has donated works of art and provided free classes for non-profit fundraisers.  He acted as an educational consultant on the establishment of an “arts infused” charter school in his area.

Laura Bitely is ARTWORKS’ latest featured Young Artist.  This is a category open to up-and-coming artists between eighteen and thirty years of age.  The work they submit is juried.  If accepted, they exhibit and sell for a period of six months with an option of becoming a permanent member after that time.

Bitely’s work is fresh and colorful.  She plans her work digitally, allowing her to “play with bright color and crisp patterns that add a cartoon like feel to her work.”  She goes on to say that her work tends towards “the surreal, with disparate elements being combined or taken out of context.”

In the North Gallery, Martins Ferry Middle and High School will exhibit work.  The students are under the guidance of Natalie Zambori.  The North Corner shop has seasonal works and jewelry for sale.

ARTWORKS around townis a non profit gallery dedicated to promoting artwork and providing ongoing community education.  Located in historic Centre Wheeling Market at 2200 Market Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Friday when closing is at 6 p.m.

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November Gallery Hop to feature Helen Sweeney

Helen Sweeney

Helen Sweeney, well known and celebrated artist will be the guest exhibitor at ARTWORKS around town for the month of  November.  She will be honored at a reception in the Studio Gallery from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018.  The opening is free and open to the public.

Sweeney resides in Weirton, West Virginia where she paints  nostalgic scenes of flowers, homes, front porches and more. She states she is “a realistic watercolor artist who tries to capture the feeling of my subject” in her paintings.  She works in transparent watercolors.  Her works have been accepted into juried festivals at Westerville, Salt Fork, Findlay, Marion and Willoughby.

An active member of the Steubenville Art Association, she has exhibited at a number of art shows including Wellsburg, Steubenville, Wheeling and East Liverpool.  Her awards include first place, purchase, special awards and honorable mention.

Artwork by students at Union Local Elementary School, under the direction of Shauna Benson, will be featured in the North Gallery.  Benson states “In my classroom, I try to prepare engaging lessons so that my students will be excited to create art.  Having their artworks on display can help encourage and motivate a student to do their best.”

ARTWORKS around town is a nonprofit charitable and educational Gallery and Art Center, located at 2200 Market Street, in the historic Centre Market.  Hours are 10 a.m  until 5:30 p.m.  Monday through Saturday except for Friday, when closing is at 6 p.m.

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August 3rd Friday to feature “Love & Data” and “Weird Lightning”

Weird Lightning and Love & Data

Bridge and Tunnel Collective in collaboration with ARTWORKS around town announce two acts scheduled to entertain at Third Friday, August 17, 2018.   Sean Decker, of the Collective is pleased to welcome Love & Data and Weird Lightning and promises “an electronic dance party that’ll overload your circuits”.

The shows will take place outside ARTWORKS on the north porch area (weather permitting).  Open-Mic is from seven to eight, followed by Love and Data at eight, with Weird Lightning closing from nine to ten p.m.
Love & Data will be making their 3rd Friday debut this month.  Nate and Amber Musser are passionate about their craft and are becoming  well known in the local music scene.  They started playing music in the basement of their home after their children were finally settled in bed for the night.  According to Third Friday’s Facebook page, they have “assembled a hard drive’s worth of slick beats and catchy melodies”.
Weird Lightning returns after their debut at the New Faces night last year.  Wheeling natives, Bethany Decker and Joshua Bommer formed Weird Lightning in the fall of 2016.  They are expanding their musical scene in the area with their original, electronic beats.
There will be concessions for sale.  100% of contributions go to the performing artists.  The Steubenville Art Association has artwork in the Studio Gallery while art from Laughlin Chapel’s enrichment camps is featured in the North Gallery.  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 St., hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Friday, when closing is at 6 p.m.
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Steubenville Art Association fills ARTWORKS galleries for August

ARTWORKS around town is proud to welcome the Steubenville Art Association to the Studio and North Galleries for the month of August.  Nineteen members of the group are taking part in this stunning exhibit, which opens with a free reception from 5:30-8 on Friday, August 3rd.

“Fat Cat” by Paula Siebieda

Founded in 1946 by Miss Emma Hayhurst, the Association now has 60 members.  The group has one member in this show who travels from Columbus for meetings and several members who have moved away yet still maintain their active memberships.  These vibrant and multi-talented artists work in all kinds of media including watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, collage and photography.  They come from all walks of life.  Some are self-taught and some have education in the arts in their backgrounds.  No matter how they have arrived at this point, their art reflects their broad and collective life experiences.

Gina Judy is show chairman and current Vice President of the SAA.  She has a masters degree in Art Education and is retired from 30 years of teaching art to middle school students.  She has been accepted into national and international watercolor exhibits.  Her awards include third place in the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Members Show and recently Best of Show at the Associated Artists of Butler (PA) Spring Show and the SE Ohio Watermedia Society Show.

Gina Judy with “The Sitter”

Other members of the SAA who are exhibiting at ARTWORKS are the following, with a word or two about their art:  Dale Biesecker, new member who participated in “Weirton-The City Forged of Steel” show; llellia Buffone, pastel, colored-pencil, acrylic, collage; Jeanne D’Anniballe (president, SAA), watercolor, oil, pastel; Steve Glykas, photographer and artist; Paul Hornung, oil ; Mary Kennan, oil, acrylic ; Robert Martin, paints historic aircraft; Dona McCloskey, watercolor; Nancy Morris, acrylic; Judy Schmidt, has a mural in the Jefferson County Humane Society; Rita Schultheis, pastel wild life painter; Paula Siebieda, oil; Paul Spencer, wild life, pets and portraits; Greg Starr, acrylic; Helen Sweeney, watercolor; Gerald VanScyoc, who won first place in “Visions and Shadows”; Bob Watson, watercolor, oil; Jim Watson, oils colored-pencil.

“Aquatic Conference” by Jeanne D’Anniballe

ARTWORKS around town is open daily, except Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. except for Fridays when closing is at 6 p.m.  Located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market district, ARTWORKS is a non-profit educational-charitable organization operating an art center and gallery


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ARTWORKS around town welcomes Jes Reger for July Gallery Hop

ARTWORKS around town is proud to welcome Jes Reger to the Studio Gallery for the month of July.  The opening reception will be on Friday, July 6th, from 5:30-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Reger is a native of her beloved Mountain State.  She is, in her words “a nature loving watercolorist and avid bird watcher, passionate for capturing the essence of the wild and wonderful state in which she lives.”  She believes the arts are a “form of expression, communication and healing.”

Her style is fresh and free.  She paints to evoke feelings through her unformed, loose style of painting. The approach she favors is simplistic, “allowing pigment and water to flow spontaneously on paper”, giving her subjects a free spirited quality.

In 2014, Reger earned her BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in visual arts and creative writing.  She is currently teaching at Stifel Fine Arts Center and offering workshops and private lessons at Cat’s Paw Studio in Centre Market.

ARTWORKS around town located in the heart of historic Centre Market.  It 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.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except Fridays when closing is at 6 p.m.

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Pittsburgh photographer and printmaker Sergey Zlotnikov guest artist at Artworks Hop

February’s visitors to Artworks Around Town in historic Centre Market  will be treated to a stunning collection of  work by Pittsburgh based photographer and printmaker, Sergey Zlotnikov.  Artworks is honored to welcome this internationally renowned artist on Friday, February 2, in the Studio Gallery at Artworks Around Town with a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m..

Mr. Zlotnikov graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute in 1988.  He has been involved in architectural design, 3D modeling, desk top publishing and video production.  Mr Zlotnikov’s copper plate photogravures and his Platinum Palladium prints have won awards and international acclaim. In 2012 he took third prize at BIMPE  VII- Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition.  Some other venues include the 9th International Biennial of Gravure in Leige Belgium, SMTG International Print Triennial Krakow, Boston Printmakers 2013 Biennial and many more. He is an active member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh through which he is able to display many of his works nationally and internationally.  He won Best Craftsmanship at Pittsburgh’s recent Fair In The Park, which is a national artists venue.

His comprehensive study and documentation of Wheeling’s La Belle ironworks covered a period of three years from 2005-2008, while it was still in operation,  Mr. Zlotnikov was a member of a team of people who were committed to document La Belle by way of photos, interviews and videos of individuals at work, coming back on his own many times to create a meaningful body of work devoted to this unique place.  In its heyday, it was the largest Cut Nail Factory in the U.S..

According to Mr Zlotnikov, “Until its last day, the Wheeling plant was using the original cut-nail machines, designed and built in the 1850’s and 60’s.  Even though these machines were reconfigured to be run by electrical motors instead of by steam engine, all the main parts remained the same and the position of a blacksmith was essential in order to keep them running. … Despite great efforts by the owners and the workforce, it had to close its doors in 2010 and even though La Belle was on the National Register of Historic Places,…we lost the entire complex in late 2016”.

Traditional print making techniques such as copperplate photogravure and Platinum Palladium  date back to the 1850’ and 60’s.  Mr Zlotnikov comments,

“It feels entirely appropriate that such a classic, handmade time-proven technique as Platinum Palladium would be chosen as a way to show and preserve the beauty and uniqueness of the La Belle plant.”  Every print is handmade by the artist, is part of a small numbered edition and is done using precious metals.  This technique is recognized in the industry as the most archival method of printmaking. Each image is embedded in 100% handmade cotton paper with small crystals of pure Palladium metal.

His website ( contains images of his work as well as an overview in which he states “As the subject constantly eludes us, how much time do we really have to contemplate and appreciate the surroundings?  What are the products of our observations?  How does the interaction process unfolding?  In practicing the classic copper plate photogravure, I am looking for answers.  For me, the uniqueness of the process, starting as nonintrusive photography, continues as the most artist-involving.  The image has to be literally re-created, step-by-step, by hand.  The transformation is far enough from the straight photography to be liberating, yet precise in detail and spirit to allow the contemplation at observer’s own pace.”

In the North Gallery the exhibit will feature select  artwork in acrylic, watercolor, charcoal and pencil by Tim Midget, a member of the Independent Artists and an artist friend of many of us.  Tim died on June 17, 2016.

Tim was a graduate of Weirton High School, attended West Liberty State College, and was honorably discharged from the United States Army.  For 30 years he was a roller in the production plant at Weirton Steel.  On retiring, he renewed his interest in art, beginning with drawing classes at West Virginia Northern Community College.

Tim is well known in the tri-state area as an artist.  His African roots and love of jazz influenced his work.  He was also an avid reader, researcher, and “seeker of knowledge”.  He traveled to Egypt and Jamaica and participated in yoga and philosophy groups.

Tim Midget – “African Masks: Talking”

Tim Midget – “African Masks”

Artworks Around Town, Inc. 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.  Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except Fridays when it closes at six p.m.

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Watercolor Workshop by Chris Leeper Coming to ARTWORKS

Chris demonstrating for students

ARTWORKS around town is very happy to announce that artist Chris Leeper will be presenting a 2 day watercolor workshop at ARTWORKS on November 4th and 5th.  Chris is our guest artist in the studio gallery for the month of November.  The workshop is from 10 to 4 both days.  The fee for the workshop is $200.  Check out Chris’ artwork at  The workshop is limited to 12 participants so sign up quickly.  You can sign up at ARTWORKS or contact Greg Siegwart at

Chris teaches with a fun and relaxed style.  Each day there will be demonstrations and lots of one-on-one instruction.  This workshop will focus on the process of creating a watercolor painting.  He will speak in-depth about devising a plan for success with your painting; the importance of drawing, design and brushwork; simplifying and improving color mixing (no more muddy watercolors) and how to get dynamic value relationships.

A teaching moment

Topics will include:

Technique fundamentals (Things I wish I knew 25 years ago)

The first half-hour of a painting (Make it or break it)

Values (Why value is more important than color in your painting)

Understanding basic color theory to improve color mixing (Spend more time painting and less time mixing colors)

Understanding color temperature, intensity and value (The key to becoming a color master)

Composition (If it feels right, it probably is right)

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Ohio Valley Shutterbugs “Capture” First Friday’s Gallery Hop at Artworks

Photography has often been relegated to being the stepchild of the arts. And yet of all the arts and art forms, photography is probably the most technically difficult and hardest to master. Artworks around town will be opening a show of photography by the members of the Ohio Valley Shutterbugs on Friday, September 1st. The public is invited to this opening from 5:30 to 8PM. Meeting with Artworks artists is possible at that time.

The Ohio Valley Shutterbugs meet the second and fourth Tuesday each month at Artworks in Centre Market from 6 to 8PM. This photography group may be informal, but they strive to not only create an atmosphere where group members can bring their work for discussion, but also have workshops where photographers can learn about the latest software such as Elements, Lightroom, and Photoshop.

Members include a variety of people who are both amateur and professional photographers. Members Len Smith and Guilio Cappelletti, are members of Artworks as well as the Ohio Valley Shutterbugs. Patty Lish started as an amateur photographer who has turned a “hobby” into a business. Patty now does a great deal of portrait work. Her amateur photography passion is photographing nature. She spent a great deal of time and energy photographing a squirrel. She planted food in a certain area to stalk her prey and finally was able to “shoot” her prey.

Len Smith is another photographer with a completely different approach with his artistic photographs. Len has turned microphotography into a new and different world. He looks at form and structure in a scientific manner. His photographs exhibit that style. Guilio Cappelletti photographs architecture in the manner that a romantic or an abstract painter would “attack” a subject often printing his work in sepia.

The variety of photography is endless. The styles differ as much or more than most painting or other artistic style or school. Whether it’s color or black and white each photograph tells its own story, which is the criteria of any well designed and executed photograph. This show contains many interesting visual stories.

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“The Teachers’ Show” Opens at August Gallery Hop

“The Way Home” by Jes Reger

We’ll Show Them, Those that Teach, CAN, or “The Teachers’ Show” opens the First Friday of August, August 4, 2017, at Artworks around town, in the Centre Market, 2200 Market Street. Openings are from 5:30-8:00pm. This is the fifth reincarnation of this unusual show. Presented biannually, the idea of the show is to emphasize that teachers can practice what they teach. There is a false, trite and often quoted idea that states, “those that can, work, those that can’t teach.” Wrong, wrong, wrong on so many levels, especially in the arts.

“Portrait of Alzheimers” by Gina Judy

The arts are so personal as is the training to practice any art form. The arts are attractive to a large group of people because of their ability to soothe and calm the mind and body. When people paint, sculpt, create any art form or play an instrument, their psyche is fed and they are working on an almost meditative level that most people never reach. Time passes quickly and problems and troubles are not forgotten but are superseded by the problems of making the art form as perfect as possible to the creator. Try making a living practicing that idea and experience. Few can make a living at the arts; the rest of us relegate our practice of the arts to a hobby or enjoyable pastime.

“Silver City Birch” by Cecy Rose

The requirements for entry into this exhibition are simple. Any teacher entering the show must have taught children. In its first creation, the show was developed for teachers of elementary through high school because these teachers are thought to not be as good artists as those who teach at a college level. That’s another fallacy. Teachers working at the elementary through high school level have little to no time to work at their own art. Their job requires that they teach their pupils and then forge through a great deal of paperwork.

College level teachers usually have more time to create than do teachers on the elementary to high school level (There is probably a dispute in that statement). And so, the teachers’ show was founded for teachers who could rarely find the time to create and then had no opportunity to display their work.

“Pecking Away” by Jes Reger

The show’s focus has changed. Retired teachers (particularly art teachers) were added. Then, teachers who taught subjects other than art during their teaching careers were added. (The gourd artist who taught math, and the high school English teacher who paints.) Art is often an avocation/hobby for many. Can’t find a job teaching art? Teach chemistry or history or anything to get a job and create in what spare time that can be carved from that busy schedule.

“Graying Mood” by Gina Judy

“The Teachers’ Show” constantly expands and changes. Entries are possible from every media and by teachers from a wide geographic area. Nothing is ever sure about this show. It’s an adventure.

Artist/Teachers or former teachers who will be exhibiting, but not exclusive to include: Cecy Rose, Jes Reger, Janet Hart, Marion Stoltz, Eric Stoltz, Meg Gerosh, Gina Judy, Mary Ann Miller, Jeff Mamone, Lynne Mamone, Jeri DeLong, Bobby Priebe, Bob Sako, Lenora Turbanic, Calvin Matzke, and the exhibition’s founder, Judy Minder, and whomever turns up with art work the last week of July at Artworks.

“Wishes For Spring” by Gina Judy

It’s an adventure, it’s a show, it’s always surprising.

“Fields of Fire” by Jes Reger

In the North Gallery is student work as usual. But this student work is the result of the lessons taught by Artwork Teachers.

The students of Janet Sheehan, Pat Jacobson, Bob Sako, and Greg Siegwart will be shown for the month of August. Both shows in the Studio Gallery and the North Gallery will be displayed until the last week of August.

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