Paint Historic Wheeling opens for August Gallery Hop

Liz Neumann paints in Centre Market

Liz Neumann paints in Centre Market

Area residents have an opportunity to see the beauty of our city through the eyes of talented artists during the Paint Historic Wheeling exhibit, which is the August Gallery Hop at ARTWORKS around town, opening Friday, August 8th.

This event brought together dozens of artists from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to paint “en plein air” – a French expression for painting “in the open air.” Artists set up their paint boxes and easels throughout the city, capturing Wheeling’s charming neighborhoods on canvas.

Paintings created during the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of August will be on exhibit and for sale throughout the month of August at the gallery. The hop is held at ARTWORKS around town, which is located in the Centre Market. The public is always welcome to attend the Gallery Hop openings, which start at 5 o’clock and run until 8. Light refreshments will be served.

Janet Sheehan prepares canvas for paint

Janet Sheehan prepares canvas for paint

This year’s Paint Historic Wheeling event marked the ninth annual plein air event to take place in the Wheeling area. Artists chose to create their paintings anywhere around the city including Victorian Old Town, the Historic Centre Market District and along the waterfront with beautiful views of the Ohio River and the historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge.

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“Interlocking Threads” weaves through ARTWORKS for June Gallery Hop

“Interlocking Threads” featuring the artwork of Christie Wilfong, is one of the most unique shows that has ever been shown by the ARTWORKS around town gallery in it’s 15 year history. The gallery hop is on First Friday, June 6TH, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. Christie Wilfong 1Wilfong’s fabric art work is an awesome display of the human tenacity of a determined artisan. As always, accompanying the Studio Gallery display of Wilfong’s fabric art, the North Gallery will feature the work of the Children’s Home of Wheeling. All gallery hop openings at ARTWORKS around town are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

As and additional attraction, the June opening will also include author Alan Fitzpatrick’s presentation and signing of his third and newest local history book, “PLACE OF THE SKULL.” Make sure you attend in order to get your very own signed copy!

Christie Wilfong, ARTWORKS around town’s June featured artist, has been involved in artistic endeavors since childhood. She is currently finishing her 15th quilt. This ARTWORKS show will be her first showing of nothing but her textile pieces, including quilts, jackets, wall hangings, scarves, and handbags.Wilfong 2

During her early childhood in Weston, West Virginia, Christie began imitating local artists, weavers, and glass artists. Weaving at an early age, Christie worked on a frame loom designed and built by her brother from a recycled window frame. Later, during her high school years, Christie trained as a dressmaker and upholsterer.

Then in 2001, a mild stroke occurred as the result of post radiotherapy syndrome from treatment for a brain tumor. Christie’s computer and mathematic studies at Glenville State College were interrupted by medical treatments. She then turned to quilting to retrain herself in her skills of sewing. Becoming an accomplished and skilled quilter, Christie’s “Grandma’s Quilt Pieces” was selected for display in the 2006 ROMPP show.

Although Christie has many craft skills, her first love is weaving. Her only formal training in weaving was spending a year weaving with Julia Bragg at the Heritage Craft Guild in Jackson’s Mill, West Virginia. Other than that, Christie is a self-taught quilter and weaver. Her specialty is creating traditional or “tabby” woven pieces, “paintings in fabric” using vivid colors and textures.

Wilfong 3A second stroke temporarily halted Christie from weaving on a large loom. That’s when the weaver became a teacher as well. Christie taught her mother Donna to weave the designs that she created for shows. Christie is constantly learning new techniques and investigating new media. Christie has since been able to resume her weaving with the help of a special bench, built by friends, for the large loom.

Between 2006 and 2010, Christie has exhibited her creations in over 30 different venues in West Virginia, including arts and craft fairs, galleries, and while giving special demonstrations. A dream of Christie’s was to have her own studio space to create her works of art. In 2012, that dream came true. Christie now has a newly built studio where she is able to weave, quilt, and live, in a space customized for her. As her mother and creative partner says, “Art is good therapy.” Christie Wilfong has created a marvelous, all textile show for the patrons of ARTWORKS, a unique and inventive display by a hard working inventive artisan.

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Beyond Boundaries Opens As May Gallery Hop

“Watermedia to the MAX” should be the title of the newest show at Artworks Around Town opening Friday, May 2, 2014, for the newest gallery hop from 5:30-8PM at the Centre Market. Trish McKinney, Karen Becker Benedetti, and Rose Huart are amazing Ohio artists working in watermedia. In the North Gallery will be the art work of Union Local High School. These students are exemplary artists and crafts persons. All gallery hops are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are provided.

Benedetti Caressing_The_Shore

Benedetti Caressing_The_Shore

Trish McKinney, Karen Becker Benedetti and Rosie Huart are watermedia artists to the “enth” degree. These women are working in any and all watermedias with their many chosen techniques that can be used. They draw inspiration from life around them and translate it for the viewer.

Watermedia can mean any media using water as a basis including watercolor in tubes, liquids, and pans as well as acrylic, acrylic inks, gouache, casein, and fluid acrylic. These water mediums are manipulated using a variety of tools from brushes to using water itself. Working on handmade and self-made papers, including collage, these women push themselves to explore new textures and strive for unpredictable results.

Karen specializes in creating work with layers on watercolor paper, boards, or canvases. Trish uses the colors of her childhood and her relationships with the human spirit to create mixed watermedia pieces which are poured using no brushes but are created in color manipulated by water. Rosie’s works include techniques using calligraphy, papermaking combined with bookmaking, creative writing, and poetry.

Huart Mystical_Forest

Huart Mystical_Forest

These women take their inspiration from a variety of experiences. Rosie uses Eastern spirituality. Trish’s fascination with color has always inspired her since a child, colors’ spontaneity and vibrancy aid in her creating her vibrant artwork. Karen’s work is nature oriented centering on landscapes using earth forms as her primary focus.

Trish and Rosie have conducted workshops in France, Greece, and Italy. Along with Karen these women have written many publications (their own books) and have been the subject of published articles about their creations in numerous artistic magazines. Trish has also been an illustrator.

All three members of this fascinating group have won a LARGE variety of awards from local, regional, as well as national watercolor and watermedia shows. These amazing women have taught workshops, seminars, and given demonstrations both in the United States and in Europe. They have won prizes in shows across the United States and their works are part of numerous private and corporate collections.

McKinney Gossamer

McKinney Gossamer

Wheeling area art patrons are in for a special treat for the month of May. The fascinating works created by these three unique artists will be displayed at Artworks until May 27th. As always, Artworks strives to bring the public the best and most unique art experiences in the area. Visit our gallery at the Centre Market, 2200 Market Street, Wheeling.

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Francisco Amaya Featured Artist at March Gallery Hop

Francisco Amaya 1

“Local Painter Captures Lost Wheeling Architecture” should read the headline for the newest show at Artworks around town opening on First Friday, March 7, 2014, from 5:30 to 8:00PM at the Studio Gallery at 2200 Market St, Centre Market.  Francisco Amaya, born and raised in Wheeling, returns with his wonderful paintings and some drawings, many of buildings of Wheeling’s past that no longer exist.

Francisco Amaya

Francisco Amaya

The Sexual Assault Help Center displays their art work in the North Gallery.  Art therapy for these victims of abuse results in the creation of some very intriguing artwork. These two shows will open with a reception of light refreshments and an opportunity to meet Francisco Amaya and many Artworks’ artists, as well.

Francisco Amaya, a Wheeling native, returns to delight us with paintings and drawings of nature as well as technology.  Lines, created by the commonplace in our visual lives, become important in Francisco’s work.  The ubiquitous tree branches, power lines, streetlights and signage take on an importance in Amaya’s work.  “I find an element of the sublime in these street corner images.  When the sun spectacularly backlights the branches of a tree, there is breathtaking abundance that I try to capture in some of my paintings,” explains Amaya.

Some of Amaya’s drawings have captured images of demolished architecture, which has been lost to all of us.  Since 2008, he has created a collection of fuzzy drawings commemorating buildings no longer with us, an important part of our lost urban landscape.  After earlier art projects had Francisco creating drawings of lost building in Buffalo, NY and Richmond, VA, Amaya was excited to make similar drawings of lost urban architecture in the area where he was born and raised.

Francisco Amaya 2

Some lost architecture of Wheeling that is included in this local project is the Eoff Street Temple, Mt deChantal Academy, and the Old Main Linsly building at Thedah Place (Kroger’s).  Amaya had also created drawings of some lost Pittsburgh architecture such as Three Rivers Stadium and the Syria Mosque.  Using a fuzzy “shady hand” technique, Amaya feels this scribbled method allows for a less distinct outline and emphasizes, “the quality of memories, fading and just out of reach. What remains is a floating and unanchored mass of lines that resolves itself into a pen and ink version of a building long gone.”

Amaya works predominantly in the areas of painting and drawing, but has also produced hand-printed editions of work as a printmaker.  He holds a BFA from WVU and a MFA from the University at Buffalo.  His work has been exhibited nationally for over 15 years in solo and group shows.  He has worked as a college instructor of studio art, art history, and the humanities at WVU, the University at Buffalo and Villa Maria College.  Currently he teaches at Fairmont State University.


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Artworks’ President Liz Neumann Warms February Gallery Hop


Liz Neumann

Artist Liz Neumann



First Friday at Artworks Around Town welcomes Liz Neumann to the Studio Gallery at 2200 Market Street in Historic Wheeling’s Centre Market.  The opening reception will run from 5 to 8 PM this Friday, February 7th.  The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.  The gallery show artist will be present as will many of the Artworks artists.  Liz Neumann discovered her love of art at an early age.  At 10 years old, her talents were rewarded as the Girl Scouts commissioned her to create artwork for a calendar.  Decades later, she still accepts commissions and fashions her own creations, working primarily in acrylics with palette knives and fiber brushes.

A Wheeling native, Liz gives much credit to Oglebay Institute for developing her talent.   Years of taking classes from local and traveling artists have given her an opportunity to explore all mediums and feel comfortable with her techniques and abilities.



Liz is a founding member and current president of Artworks Around Town. This non-profit gallery at 2200 Market Street in Wheeling features a rotating collection of hundreds of creations by Wheeling-area artists.  She is a member of The Arts and Humanities Commission of Wheeling and as such, assists in spearheading the Wheeling Arts Fest and other artistic endeavors.

Among the leaders of the annual Paint Historic Wheeling (formerly Paint Oglebay), Liz is also co-founder of the Lobster Fest for the Arts fundraiser held each May at Wheeling’s Centre Market.

English Village

English Village

Liz is proud to have her works displayed in homes and offices throughout Wheeling, as well as in private collections across the globe.  A member of Journees de Pienture, Liz travels each summer to paint with other artists from England, France, Switzerland, Germany and the United States, and will assist in hosting the group when they come this June to paint in the United States.

The North Gallery, will feature work of the friends & family of Artworks.  This is a very popular show and will feature many up and coming local artists.

Flowers On Cherry Table

Flowers On Cherry Table

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.

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Betsy Cox to Brighten the New Year at Artworks Gallery Hop

Betsy Cox

Betsy Cox

ARTWORKS around town is proud to host the works of Glen Dale artist Betsy Cox as their featured artist in the Studio Gallery for the month of January. The gallery has a reputation of presenting quality artists for the patrons of Wheeling to meet, and providing an evening to enjoy their works. Betsy continues that tradition and then some! An open reception for the public will be held on Friday evening, January 3rd from 5:00 to 8:00 in the gallery, to view the artist’s work. Hors d’oeuvres and appetizers will be served.

Betsy Cox is a native of Glen Dale, WV where she operates and maintains her studio, Echo Valley Pottery.

Time In A Bottle

Time In A Bottle

Her works are primarily pit-fired, Raku, Horse hair, saggar fired, Wood-fired and traditionally glazed pottery. Betsy is a Member of Artworks around town, the WV Craftsman’s Guild, Charter member of the American Potter’s Council, NCECA Member, and member of the American Ceramics Society.

Chicken Pox

Chicken Pox

Betsy’s work is featured at Tamarack, MountainMade  and numerous galleries and shops in the Pittsburgh area. Betsy’s work has been featured in Sterling Publishings Books, 500 Tiles, 500 Raku and various magazines and calendars. Her works have been exhibited and honored in many area and international venues.

Betsy says “clay is my medium of choice because it is both hard and soft, allowing you to mold and transform it in many ways.  I then have control over its transformation to a hard permanent object.  I draw my inspirations from nature, memories and everyday life.  I am fascinated with chickens and crows.  So I have been told that I have birds on the brain.  Hence “BirdBrain” came about.  “Chicken Pox” was drawn from a childhood memory in my Granpa’s chicken house.”

The Fat White Hen

The Fat White Hen

Reliquaries to Roosters, Ravens and Rogues:

Of her show, Betsy says, “this exhibition will be a collection of ceramic wall and sculptural works. They are dedicated to my Muses. The roosters have been a part of my life since childhood. From my Grandfather’s guinea hens that chased me, to me chasing hens for the Sunday Dinner. The Ravens have always been a fascination for me. With their dark presence, ominous cawing and otherworldliness. They caw every morning from studio rooftop and always drop me a present in the form of a feather. Their 4 claws represent the elements, fire, earth, water and air, all of which are needed to create my works. The Rogue part comes by way of me. I have always been a loner, a leader and one to do my own thing, may it be right or wrong in the eyes of some. My work is like that; there is no right or wrong way to create it. I just do it. The works are all ceramic pieces created by hand-building or wheelwork. They also contain various gifts and finds that I have collected along my path thru life.”

The Loner

The Loner

Please join us for this wonderful show and participate in the first “First Friday” of 2014.

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.

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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Cheryl Harshman and Christine Rhodes Highlight the November Gallery Hop

Cheryl Harshman 1

Cheryl Harshman 1

Innovation, inventiveness, strong impressions and positive attitudes are exuded by the works of two unassuming women artists who have each produced a very strong body of work. These award-winning women have studied hard and gathered their inspiration from fellow artists and their immediate surroundings. They have a strong work ethic, which is defined through their work. Each has worked hard to make progress in their respective fields. Their new works are being shown at the November 1st, First Friday “Gallery Hop” opening at Artworks around town. The gallery hop runs from 5 to 8 and is open to the public. Artworks around town is located in the Historic Wheeling Centre Market, at 2200 Market Street. Ms. Harshman and Ms. Rhodes, as well as many of the Artworks’ artists, will be present to meet the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Cheryl Harshman started with a needle and thread and now produces large abstract, colorfully strong pieces which represents her ideas of “putting puzzle pieces together and exploring the ‘what ifs’ of creation and the thrill of that creating.” Emerging from a long line of craftspeople, brick masons, fiber artists, painters, potters, and gardeners, Cheryl has crafted her own way of making her individual “things”.

Cheryl Harshman 2

Cheryl Harshman 2

After taking a clay monoprint workshop with Mitch Lyons, Cheryl realized her creative life had changed. Her prints, combined with her collage and painting has pushed her work into new areas of exploration. Each stitch, each mark, each brush stroke she makes, changes the work and moves it in a new and different direction. Cheryl’s work is ever progressing and changing.



Christine Rhodes, from Parkersburg, is another West Virginia artist that is influenced by her surroundings and expresses her interest in nature in her experimental and strong work. Recent works exude a powerful force from this diminutive five-foot frame and quiet demeanor, which has been influenced by nature’s rocks, water, and words. Influenced by a recent trip to Colorado in 2011, in whose Rocky Mountains, boulder lined canyons and rushing mountain streams, Christine found other abstract subjects for her mixed media approach. Rocks and water took on new meaning for this artist. Sometimes a word describing the scene resulted in a new body of work, a personal interpretation of the power, strength, and majesty of creation.



These two women are their own forces of nature. Their interpretations of nature and its power need to be seen to be appreciated. These women are original, strong artists with stories to tell in their work. The work is exceptional, new, and original and will be a feast for your senses.

The North Gallery, our student gallery, will feature the students of Shauna Benson from Union Local Elementary School. Shauna’s students create the most refreshing artwork. This school’s work is a perennial treat.

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Judy Anderson and Kit Dailey Bring Whimsy & Mindscapes to September Gallery Hop

Mother Earth Finishing Eden - Anderson

Mother Earth Finishing Eden – Anderson

First Friday at Artworks Around Town presents a duo of joyous painters from Ohio.  Kathryn “Kit” Edwards Dailey and Judy Anderson bring fun, color, design and bright light to the Studio Gallery at 2200 Market Street in Historic Wheeling’s Centre Market.  The opening reception will run from 5 to 8 PM this Friday, September 6th.  The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.  The gallery show artists will be present as will many of the Artworks artists.

Kathryn “Kit” Edwards Dailey has turned whimsy into gold.  Her watercolor or casein paintings are filled with joy, love and humor.  “Plaid Cow Disease” was chosen for the Ohio Watercolor Society Exhibition.  “Cow Out” won first place in the mixed media division of the Foothills Art Festival.  Kit is a painter who gifts you, the viewer with a moment of happiness from viewing her artwork.  Even her titles elicit a smile before the painting is fully comprehended.

Plaid Cow Disease - Dailey

Plaid Cow Disease – Dailey

This well educated and trained artist calls herself a “what if” painter not a “what is” painter.  She tells whimsical stories using her watercolors, casein or acrylics on Arches paper or gallery wrapped canvases.  Trained as a teacher at Miami University, she has combined her teaching career with her family’s frequent moves as an opportunity to further her training in her art.  Kit attended classes at the Columbus College of Art and Design and Ohio University through the years.  Then she began to study with some of the most prominent art teachers and art workshop leaders in Ohio.

Judy Anderson’s paintings are bright, beautiful, and full of exuberance.  This artist started her artistic life at the age of seven and continued over the years to pursue her artistic career through all the vicissitudes of life.  When her children were small, she drew with pen and ink.  When her husband was ill, she painted for four or five hours after her care giving duties were finished for the day. She never gave up her art, always adapted her work to her situation in life.

Judy sees herself as an “expressionist”.  Her work is self-described as “mindscapes”.  She uses her surroundings as inspiration only.  The surroundings are a resource for her work, not a religion to be followed strictly. There is no angst in her work.  Judy states, “Paintings are like children, some are easier to raise than others.  All artwork requires orchestration, discipline, and love to turn out well.”

Fan Dance - Anderson

Fan Dance – Anderson

Her illustration career has given her an insight into what is most appealing to the general public and what can elicit a positive reaction from most people. Working in acrylic on canvas, or gouache (opaque watercolors) on paper her goal is to create works of art that evoke a warm lasting response from the viewer.

To make this “First Friday’s” viewing experience even better, the North Gallery will be filled with plein air paintings from this year’s “Paint Historic Wheeling” and also the past seven “Paint Oglebay” events.  The Artworks artists will be showing the best of their plein air work.  The term, plein air means to paint outside in the open air.  This form of painting is difficult to accomplish.  Only the bravest painters take on plein air painting. The results can be both unusual and stunning.

Pleasant Pheasant II - Dailey

Pleasant Pheasant II – Dailey

Be assured that this show will bring a smile to the face and joy to the heart.  Viewers will have warm happy feelings after seeing this show.  Again, the monthly gallery hop shows at Artworks are free and open to the public.  Indulge yourself in an “art bubble of happiness” on Friday night, Sept. 6th at Artwork Around Town.

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July Gallery Hop to Feature Works of Georgia Dangel and Greg Siegwart

Precision and detail are the hallmark of both the featured July artists, Georgia Dangel and Greg Siegwart, at Artworks Around Town in the Centre Market. The newest opening will be July 5th at the gallery at 2200 Market Street inside the Centre Market. Light refreshments will be provided by the members of the artist co-op for the attendees to enjoy. This is going to be a “cracker jack of a show”. Creativity and painting have been a part of the lives of each of these painters’ families in the past.

Georgia Dangel and Greg Siegwart are both artist members of Artworks Around Town. Both are art teachers and both work in oil and acrylic. There is some similarity in their artwork. Their palettes are similar. A “palette,” in artist terms, means that an artist uses the same set of limited colors over and over in their work. Although Georgia and Greg have similar palettes, their work is not that similar. Georgia tends more toward portraits in almost photographic detail and still lifes in complex detail. Greg is an accomplish plein aire (open air) artist in oil. It is no small feat creating an artwork in one sitting with changing light and arrangement throughout the sitting. Add working in oil paint, which dries very slowly, and you have an admirable and rare skill.

Georgia’s family has a history of supporting her as an artist. Georgia started initially with tote painting in the early 1980s. Later she took Bob Ross classes and learned to mat and frame. By 1993 she was painting on glass for a local glass factory. After the factory closed, Georgia still painted glass and showed that glass, as well as kiln fired glass, lamps, crocks, china, jewelry, and painting at many area artisan shows. She has continued her education as a painter taking many workshops and always trying to improve her technique and style.

Winning a variety of awards in local juried shows, Georgia has earned three Best of Shows (a rare award) including numerous first, second, and third places, and honorable mentions throughout her career. Georgia has a history of teaching adult evening classes at Belmont Technical College, and now, teaching younger students in her studio. She has published a book, Speaking of Art, Artbook I, as well as pamphlets and an article in the “Interactive Artist Magazine” on quilt barns, the quilt squares on barns around the country. She is currently vice-president of the Great Lake Region Artist Group, a member of Monroe Artist, Monroe County, Ohio and Artworks Around Town.

Greg’s great-grandfather, Joshif Siegwart, a Swiss immigrant, painted and inspired Greg to paint as well. Greg loved to oil paint by age 10. Forty years later his experience with oil as a self-taught artist is phenomenal. Oil painting would have remained a hobby had it not been for a debilitating accident in 2000. After that accident, oil painting became a therapy, a vocation, and a talent to share with others. He has been teaching at both the Stifel Fine Arts Center and at Artworks Around Town for the past six years.

Greg has given workshops and demonstrations at The Mon Valley Art Center, Steppingstones Arts Festival, Stonewall Jackson Resort and many others venues. His commission pieces have included portraits, still lifes, wildlife, animal portraits, landscapes, fantasies, and surreal pieces. Greg is one of the only surreal painters in the area. His surrealism is complex and interesting to interpret.

If you like oil painting, you’ll like this show. If you like detail in painting, you’ll like this show. If you like beautifully rendered subjects in almost any subject area, you are going to find this show a real treat, “a cracker jack” sweet show.

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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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