New Art Show in Weirton Features Industrial and Steampunk Art

WEIRTON — The Top of West Virginia Arts Council will present its new exhibit from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Summit Art Gallery, 3393 Main St.

The reception is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. Free parking is available in two lots along Purdy Lane, located behind the Top of WV office.

Ten artists will be exhibiting their work for the Industrial and Steampunk Show.

Savannah Schroll-Guz, an artist based in Weirton, was one of 36 artists selected to create a stripe for “Her Flag,” a collaboration with mixed-media artist Marilyn Artus to commemorate the centenary of the 19th Amendment. The flag will be displayed in Charleston in 2020.

Schroll-Guz’s work is found in numerous books and private collections. She has shown work at several venues. In 2018, she had a solo exhibition at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Missouri.

Gerald Van Scyoc is an instructor at the Center of Music and Art in Wintersville. He has been making art 30 years and is primarily an oil painter.

He has done art shows in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He has won several art awards and has art in permanent collections at Ohio University Eastern, Shadyside Library and Martins Ferry Public Library.

Holly Zablackas is a dollmaker and a graduate of Brooke High School and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. When the first Gate 5 Industrial Arts Festival was held last year, she made specific dolls for the show following a steampunk theme.

Amy Franey-Cunningham is a photographer who specializes in old, abandoned Victorian homes and uses her skills to create a haunting portrait of the past. She searches for special rocks that she fashions into artistic jewelry. She has started to work in watercolors, but her whimsy leans toward Victorian, with a definite steampunk vibe.

Christine DelGuzzi is a costume designer based in Weirton. She holds a degree in theater arts from Bethany College, where she studied performance and design. She is working on this year’s Gate 5 Festival and will be showing new costumes for the festival’s fashion show at the gallery.

James R. Williams is a Weirton artist who seeks out old, abandoned buildings and factories. He sells his photography prints and works with mixed media.

Kristy Ferguson is a Wheeling artist and an amateur freelance photographer. This is her first show at Summit Art Gallery. Mike Swartzmiller, an artist from New Cumberland and a retired art teacher, has designed clocks with a definite steampunk quality. He is a member of the Top of West Virginia Arts Council and is a repeat artist for the gallery. He also is a working member of Artworks Around Town in Wheeling.

Dennis Jones of Weirton serves as president and executive director of the Weirton Area Museum & Cultural Center. He started an art gallery in the museum and presents the annual Robert Hayworth Memorial Art Exhibition. Jones also is an active member of the Top of West Virginia Arts Council and participated in a show at the gallery.

Robert L. Watson Jr. is a recent transplant to Weirton. A registered architect, he began experimenting with oil and watercolor media. He is a self-taught artist and his favorite subjects are dilapidated old buildings and unkempt ship yards.

Watson has exhibited at the Summit Art Gallery. He is a member of the Top of West Virginia Arts Council amd the Steubenville Art Association.

The Summit Art Gallery also is contributing to the Gate 5 Industrial Art Festival and will be open the day of the festival, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21.


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