Reception in Wheeling Kicks Off Weeklong Art Event

WHEELING — Artists from several countries in Europe and from the United States will gather at Artworks Around Town in Centre Market at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, for a reception signaling the beginning of a weeklong plein-air painting event.

The party is free and open to the public. This is a marvelous opportunity to meet many fine artists who are participating in the “Journees Internationals de Peinture,” held for the first time in years, on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Two of the artists coming are husband and wife, Christoph and Sonja Trommer. Christoph was born in Mulsen St. Niclas, Saxony in Germany. He served an apprenticeship as an art porcelain painter specializing in flower painting in the State Porcelain Manufactory in Meissen. After studying drawing with Professor H. Werner, he spent several years concentrating on landscape and figure painting. He participated in numerous fairs and since 1975, has had solo shows and has exhibited in regional and national art venues. He has studied art in Italy and France. From 1992 to 2007, he was a member of Meissner Kunstverein, most recently on the board. He and his wife have taken part in the Journees de Peinture since 2004 in France, England, Switzerland and Germany.

Sonja Trommer was born in Bautzen in 1955. She served her apprenticeship as an art porcelain painter specializing in Indian painting and is still working at the Meissen Plant. Since 1987, she has specialized in landscape and figure drawing. Sonja has studied painting in both Italy and France.

Greg Siegwart from Wheeling will be one of the painters for the first full week of July. Completely self taught, Siegwart has painted for 54 years. He started painting at 10 years of age and tried plein air for the first time while a teenager. Ever since, he has been a devotee of the art of painting outside. An Artworks member for years, Siegwar’s favorite medium is oil, but he has painted in acrylic and watercolor as well. Winning nine ribbons in the last few years for his work, he has shown his paintings all over the tri-state area, in addition to having two one-man shows, most recently at Wheeling’s Artisan Center.

His works can be found in many homes and offices nationally and internationally, and they include a painting he sold to the granddaughter of the president of Sri Lanka. Siegwart has taught workshops in West Virginia and Ohio.

The public is invited to the opening reception as well as to paint along at the various venues selected, including the Wheeling Riverfront and Suspension Bridge, New Vrindaben, Ravens Rock near Beallsville, Ohio and Oglebay Park.

For a more precise list of times and places, email chairman Bobbie Priebe: bjpriebe1@yahoo.com.

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