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En Plein Air Art Event Set During Assisted Living Week

September 4, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Elmhurst, the House of Friendship, is calling all artists to join in the first En Plein Air in the gardens Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 10-11, as part of Art for the Ages, the 2012 theme of National Assisted Living Week.

The two-day event is part of a week of activities involving art, music and literature at Elmhurst, a retirement residence at 1228 National Road, Wheeling.

Artists may bring their easels and paint on the lawn and in the gardens, as well as in designated areas within the historic Bloch mansion and the two wings of the residence. The event is free to artists who will display their artwork at a reception Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 11. The event begins at 8 a.m. each day.

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Preparing for the first En Plein Air on the grounds of Elmhurst in Wheeling Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 10-11, are, from left, Samantha Rohm, activities director; Jamie Crow, executive director, and Judith Minder of Artworks Around Town.

Samantha Rohm, activities coordinator at Elmhurst, said that each day of the week will include an array of activities that will allow residents to dabble in the arts. Sherrie Dunlevy of B(ead)utiful Creations will conduct a class in which participants will make bracelets. Rohm will lead a ceramic tile painting class.

West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman will present a program Tuesday evening, Sept. 11, while digital accordion player Rick Pastre will entertain with music during ta National Assisted Living Week reception for the residents Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 12. A slide show chronicling the history of Wheeling's part in the Civil War will be presented by Jeanne Finstein, historian and president of the Friends of Wheeling.

An evening social Friday, Sept. 14, will feature a big band theme.

Artists interested in the event may call Rohm at 304-242-0240 or send an email message to .

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