Show Features 57 Area Artists

Appropriately, just about every artistic medium – from pastels to pencil to acrylics and oils, from photography to pottery and sculpture to found-object assemblages – is represented in “Everyone’s Exhibit” at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road, Wheeling.

In keeping with the summer season, many of the entries depict favorite vacation spots, ranging from beaches to lakes, in nearby locations or international locales. As the changing season approaches, some of the participating artists have chosen to illustrate autumn scenes, with colorful leaves hanging on trees or strewn about the ground.

For example, a photograph by Carla Kutllo, “At the Waters Edge,” shows a beach scene, while “Wolf Neck,” an oil painting by Carol Randolph, depicts a rocky seascape and “Pidgeon Point Light,” an oil painting by Jim Watson, captures a view of a California lighthouse.

Brilliant, bright colors draw viewers’ attention to “Under the Sea,” an acrylic work by Andree Weimer. Bright colors also mark Suzanne McVay Polinski’s acrylic, “Abstract Landscape I.”

A watercolor of a villa, “La Mairie, Castelfranc, France,” by Roc Prologo adds a continental touch to the show, while “Swiss Morning,” a watercolor by Judith Minder of Wheeling shows an open window, with a vase of red flowers nearby, a pattern repeated in flowered curtains blowing in the breeze.

Closer to home, Wheeling artist Liz Neumann uses acrylic paints to capture scenes of the Centre Market and Deep Creek, Md. “Room With a View,” a photograph by Greta Foose of Wheeling, shows the Wheeling Suspension Bridge, with the spires of New Life United Methodist and St. Luke’s Episcopal churches visible in the Island background. Another of Foose’s photos, “Into the Attic,” presents interesting angles and details of an old ceiling. Her photo, “Windswept,” shows sea grass blowing atop dunes.

Realistic, intricate details attract art lovers to George Carey’s acrylic work, “Poinciana Fire,” showing a lovely old porch and trees with brilliant orange leaves dropping amid lush greenery. Autumn also is captured by Adele Montgomery in “Fall at Seneca Lake,” an oil painting. One of Kutllo’s photos, “Cctober Change,” captures autumn foliage against a backdrop of threatening skies.

Using a play on words, Bobbi Priebe titled one of her acrylic works, “The Elephant in the Room,” and it depicts a joyful elephant taking a bath in a clawfoot tub while using its trunk as a shower spray. Another whimsical work is “Ducks in Jeopardy,” an acrylic by Paula Siebieda, of a trio of rubber ducks that seem to have fallen into a dangerous spot.

Daniel Caron of Wheeling has entered examples of nature photography, including “Smart Hopper,” a close-up shot of a frog that appears to be wearing eyeglasses, and “Real Frogs, Real Flies, Real Formal,” showing two frogs in what resembles formal attire.

“The Journey,” a mixed-media entry by Mary Culbertson Stark, presents two detailed images: a woman’s pensive face and a pair of bare feet. An oil painting, “Time Out,” by Connie Cullum offers a poignant image of a tearful, wistful little girl. “Toby,” an acrylic by Anne Hazlett Foreman of Wheeling, shows a large, fluffy dog. “Tranquility,” done by Randolph with sumi ink on rice paper, presents three little birds poised serenely on a tree limb.

Stewart Tolbert is represented by three steel sculptures: “Self Portrait,” “Moon Shadows” and “Steel Town Totem.” A bronze, stainless steel and wood sculpture, “Honor,” by David John Mega features a figure of a saluting soldier; Mega also has two large acrylic paintings in the show.

Wheeling artist Robert Villamagna has two works in metal on MDF board, “Six Million Dollar Man” and “Chicken on the Grill,” and an assemblage, “Rhino Hunt,” in the show. Jessica Starr and Don Hollingshead also have assemblages on display.

Native Americans are depicted by Eric Dye in an oil painting, “Two Petals,” and a mixed-media work, “Web Dreamer.” Duncan Kinder of St. Clairsville has three acrylic paintings in the show. Georgia Jambasis submitted a colorful trio of mixed-media works with a common theme: “Love Bug,” “Love Suit (Courtship)” and “Love Song.” Kristina Schnelle offers a trio of food-related photos: “Fresh Potatoes,” “Sweet Potatoes” and “Cantaloupes.”

With 57 artists and 152 works, this show highlights the diverse talents of many area artists with media ranging from traditional painting to mixed media to three-dimensional dioramas. The works are arranged to complement adjacent entries. One of the most popular exhibits held in the Ohio Valley, “Everyone’s Exhibit” is on display through Saturday, Oct. 17, and is free and open to the public.

This diverse show is a great opportunity for new artists to begin showing their work and for the public to enjoy viewing the talent and creativity of artists in area communities. Many of the works on display are for sale.

The public is asked to vote for best of show after touring the exhibition, and prizes are awarded to winning artists. Ballots are available at Stifel Center to be deposited in an official ballot box. After the votes are tallied, Brad Johnson, the institute’s director of exhibitions, will announce the winning artists.

“This may be the largest ‘Everyone’s Exhibit’ that we’ve ever had,” Johnson said. “It has been a couple of years since we have hosted this exhibit, and is was evident by the number of entries received that the artistic community welcomed its return.”

Displayed in the Hart Galleries of the Stifel, “Everyone’s Exhibit” opens the 2009-10 exhibition season, which is sponsored by United Bank of West Virginia and includes these shows:

  • Oct. 29-Dec. 12 – The West Virginia Watercolor Society 25th Anniversary Exhibit, presented by the society to encourage the advancement, study and understanding of watercolor painting while showcasing some of the finest artworks from around the state.
  • Dec. 22-Jan. 30 – 21st Annual Regional Student Art Exhibition, which showcases students’ artistic achievements while providing a foundation for continued creativity.
  • Feb. 11-March 27 – “Crosscurrents 2010,” a multi-media exhibition that offers top regional artists a chance to showcase their work. Jurors choose the works for the exhibit and award cash prizes to the winning artists.
  • April 8-May 22 – “Native American Portraits,” features nationally recognized artist George Carey’s masterful interpretations of Native American figures.
  • June 3-Aug. 7 – “Beautiful Minds,” features a wide range of works by area artists Robert Sako, Doris Jones, Carol Randolph, Betsy Cox and Bianca Benson.

Stifel Center is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The center is closed on Labor Day. For more information on exhibitons or public classes offered in the arts, call 304-242-7700.