‘Memories and Mud Pies’ at Artisan Center
WHEELING — Wheeling Heritage will host an exhibit of work by artists Betsy Cox and Cheryl Ryan Harshman titled “Memories and Mud Pies” from Thursday through Jan. 11 in the 3rd Floor Loft Gallery at the Wheeling Artisan Center, 1400 Main St.
The exhibit opens with a free reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday.
Cox is a ceramic artist from Glen Dale where she maintains her studio. She works in various styles with a concentration in primitive types of firings. Her love of archaeology has a profound impact on her styles, shapes and surfaces. She is both professionally and self-taught. Experimentation is a key word that describes her work. Her affiliations are numerous and include memberships in the West Virginia Craft Guild, the American Potters Council (charter member), the American Ceramic Society, Allied Artists of West Virginia, Pittsburgh Society of Artists and Oglebay Institute.
Cox recently received a Merit Award for her work at the West Virginia Juried Biennial Exhibition. Other awards have been received in shows from Oglebay Institute’s Crosscurrents, Bethany College’s annual show, West Virginia Craft Guild and the Wad Clay Institute of Pittsburgh. Her career has included participating in a number of group exhibitions, solo exhibitions and invitationals. Her work has also been featured in publications including the 2017 Potters Council Calendar and in many private and corporate collections.
Harshman wears several hats, sometimes all at the same time. Professionally, she is a librarian. She first was a children’s librarian and currently is the library director for the Elbin Library at West Liberty University. Her early years in the library world were centered on children and books for children. Those stories helped launch her husband’s writing career as well as her own. She is the author of four books for children, including “Sally Arnold,” “Red Are the Apples” and “Christmas Morning.”
More recently, Harshman has turned from the black-and-white world of writing and books to the full color world of making art. She began her art making with a needle and thread, first as a seamstress and then as an art quilter. A workshop on clay monoprinting changed her life. Her clay monoprints have won berths in numerous regional juried exhibitions including Crosscurrents at Oglebay Institute, West Virginia Juried Biennial Exhibit and Tamarack’s Best of West Virginia. Her paintings have been shown at all three of these venues as well as at the Westmorland Art Museum in Greensburg, Pa. Harshman has been included in a variety of publications and exhibitions and has won a number of awards for her work, both in writing and art. She serves on the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission.
The Artisan Center’s 3rd Floor Loft Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call the center at 304-232-1810.