Paint Historic Wheeling at Artworks

From left, winners of the Paint Historic Wheeling event hosted by Artworks Around Town include Eric Dye, Amanda Carney, Jes Reger, Pat Jacobson, Janet Wang, Greg Siegwart and Janet Sheehan. Photo Provided

WHEELING — For four days in September, artists participating in Paint Historic Wheeling put their easels up around the Centre Market area, at the Ohio River waterfront and at Oglebay Park. Images of historic bridges, buildings, gardens and lakes now hang in the Studio Gallery at Artworks Around Town, where a free reception will take place from 5-8 p.m. Friday.

The plain air paintings and drawings are done in pastel, ink, oil and watercolor. More than 20 artists participated this year, enjoying an opportunity to paint individually or in groups led by two outstanding artists. Brian Fencl, led a workshop that studied how to depict an urban landscape. They produced works focusing on the market house area and most of them were done in ink. Chris Leeper ‘s workshop students also concentrated on the immediate area; their paintings were done in watercolor.

Four award divisions include best of show, merit, honorable mention and workshops. Cash prizes and ribbons were awarded.

Best of show was won by Pat Jacobson. Merit awards were presented to Janet Sheehan, Eric Dye and Amanda Carney. Receiving honorable mentions were Greg Siegwart and Jes Reger. In a separate category of workshop participants, Janet Wang and Donna Hirauk received ribbons. Sponsors included: WesBanco, Bill Rettig, The Cat’s Paw, Oglebay Institute and Artworks.

Works from the Marian House, a drop-in center operated by the Greater Wheeling chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will be featured in the North Gallery.

Both exhibits continue through October and are open to the public.

Artworks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the work of artists and educational programming. Hours are 10 a.m to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 p.m. on all Fridays other than First Friday.

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