Artists Sought to Paint Historic Wheeling

Artworks Around Town invites all artists to participate in Wheeling’s 2015 plein air painting event, Paint Historic Wheeling. New this year will be a judged competition, with cash prizes for best of show and merit award, plus honorable mentions that will receive free registration for the 2016 event.

For the first seven years, the annual “Paint Out” was held at Oglebay Resort. In 2013, the event took a new and exciting twist when it relocated to Historic Wheeling.

Paint Historic Wheeling will take place July 31 and Aug. 1-2 in downtown and Center Wheeling. Receptions, artist workshops and public art shows will be held at Artworks Around Town in Centre Market’s Upper Market House taking place the same weekend as Wheeling’s popular Grecian Festival at St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church in Center Wheeling, which attracts several thousand visitors each year.

This change of venue was a way to bring public art to the streets of Wheeling during a time when thousands of residents and visitors are strolling through the Centre Market and downtown areas. It provides participating artists opportunities for more public exposure and new and interesting vistas to paint. Area residents will have an opportunity to see the beauty of the city through the eyes of talented artists.

Artists may choose to paint anywhere around the city -Victorian Old Town, the Historic Centre Market District, downtown or along the waterfront with beautiful views of the Ohio River and the historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge. Wheeling’s charming neighborhoods feature plenty of inspiration, from downtown streetscapes to unique architectural structures, to rural landscapes, waterways and gardens.

Advance registration allows the committee to better plan for staff, food and facility set-up.

For more information, call Jeff Mamone, 304-280-9922 or email jmamone64@comcast.net or call Michael Turbanic, 304-280-7718 or email mturbanic@yahoo.com.