Tamarack Accepts Local Artists

Two Northern Panhandle artists are represented in the Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition at the Tamarack Gallery near Beckley.

Artists Cheryl Ryan Harshman of Ohio County and Steve Opet of Hancock County have work selected for the juried exhibition.

This year’s exhibition includes more than 100 accepted pieces, chosen from a field of entries nearly triple that size.

Tamarack Gallery curator Molly Halstead said, “We received 270 pieces from 120 individuals eager to earn their way into the 2014 show with their work.”

The seventh annual juried exhibition is open now through Sunday, Aug. 3. Tamarack, located off Interstates 77 and 64 at Exit 45, is open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

A group of artists from England and from Europe returned to Wheeling in late June and early July for a painting holiday adventure. The artists painted and sketched in several locations, including the Centre Market area, the Wheeling waterfront and in the countryside.

We’re told, though, that the number of international artists participating in the event has declined drastically in recent years because of exorbitant air fares and increased costs for travel insurance.

Meanwhile, registration is now open for the second annual Paint Historic Wheeling plein air painting event to be held Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1-3.

The weekend, organized by Artworks Around Town, includes workshops with leading regional plein air artists and public art shows and sales held at the Artworks gallery in Centre Market.

Artists L.W. “Bill” Rettig Jr. of Wheeling, Cecy Rose of Benwood, Chris Leeper of Canfield, Ohio, and Barry Jeter of Finleyville, Pa., are leading the workshops.

Organizers said that to help promote sales of participating artists’ work, Paint Historic Wheeling creations will be displayed in Artworks’ Studio Gallery for the rest of August. A formal opening is planned on Friday, Aug. 8.

Paint Historic Wheeling coincides again with the annual Grecian Festival held at St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church in Center Wheeling.

The new CBS television series, “Extant,” that debuted last week, has a couple of tri-state connections.

Wheeling native Joshua Dobkin, an art director in Hollywood, is in charge of the art department for the Steven Spielberg production. He is the son of Wheeling businessman Ben Dobkin.

The younger Dobkin has worked on about 150 TV shows, including “Scrubs” and “Cougar Town,” and has been the art director for three movies. He also has written numerous movie scripts, several of which are awaiting production, according to his father.

Joshua Dobkin was born in Wheeling, but grew up in Pittsburgh and Wheeling.

In another regional connection, “Extant” stars Cleveland native Halle Berry who has made her mark as an actress in feature films before tackling the current TV project.

Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@theintelligencer.net