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Wheeling Area Artists Wanted for Annual Studio Tours

Photos Provided Martyna Matuisiak, at left, a mixed media and print-making artist, discusses her work with Sarah Davis.

WHEELING — In its efforts to serve the community with art and cultural programming while supporting area working artists, the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission is excited to announce its fourth annual Greater Wheeling Artists Studio Tour and is seeking artists to participate.

This is a unique opportunity that allows the public into the private studios of our local artists while also seeing how their art is made. This year’s event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

The event is a self-directed driving tour. Participants use a map to visit the studios of participating artists. In past years, there have been a broad range of artisans such as painters, woodworkers and even a quilter, among others.

Attendees may choose some or all studios to visit. They can talk with the artists, pick up some pointers and buy art from the source. This is a family friendly event and children are welcome on the tour.

Cheryl Harshman, an Arts and Cultural Commission member and artist featured on previous tours, said, “There are so many amazing people quietly working away in their studios. This is a great opportunity for the public to meet interesting craftspeople who are who are really doing things out of the box.”

Participating artists are given creative freedom in how they present their studio and artwork.

“We do request that they show the public the creative process, which typically means doing live demos throughout the day, displaying completed works of art, allowing folks to walk around the studio, answering questions and telling a bit about yoursell,” said Sarah Clark, a member of the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission.

Past artists have even allowed the public to try their hand at creating works of art.

Ultimately, it is up to the artist to decide what they would like to do for the event.”

All artists in Ohio County and in neighboring counties are encouraged to apply and will be equally considered. Interested artists can access the application online at this link.

Applications are due on Feb. 29, by 11:59 p.m. Notifications of acceptance will be released on March 2.

For more information, visit Facebook @WheelingArts or contact us at arts@wheelingwv.gov.

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