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Artworks Around Town Featuring Works by Hart Through November

‘Bear and Bee’

WHEELING — Artworks Around Town announced that Janet Hart will be the guest artist in the Studio Gallery for the month of November.

The show will open with a free reception, open to the public from 5:30-8 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 1. Students from Union Local Elementary School under the leadership of Shauna Benson will be featured in the Student North Gallery.

Hart, born in Martins Ferry, is now a resident of Wheeling. She began drawing when she was 12 years old. As a teenager, she took oil painting and drawing instruction from Roy Reithmiller of Martins Ferry and then from Karen Catlett in Wheeling. She stated on her website page “These Classes taught me valuable lessons in composition and watercolor, where I excelled in the watercolor medium.”

She took more classes at Oglebay Institute under the instruction of Vi Balsley. From her artist’s statement, “I enjoy the medium because I get fast results, it’s not messy like oils, it dries quickly and I love the smooth flow of it on paper.”

She is a lifetime, juried member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society and a juried member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, where she serves as a member of the board.

Her work has been accepted and shown in local area art shows, local retail outlets and Oglebay Institute’s Crosscurrents. Her work is on display at a number of galleries throughout the trig-state area.

In 2018, one of her pieces was purchased for the permanent collection in The State Museum in Charleston. In 2012, Hart was selected to represent West Virginia in decorating the White House for he holidays. She is well known for her Victorian Wheeling Christmas Cards and Wheeling correspondence cards featuring Wheeling landmarks.

Hart prefers watercolors but also enjoys doing work in pen and ink, acrylic, collage and colored pencil.

Fellow artists who love painting with watercolor will find a remark in her artist’s statement very familiar, “I love the smell of wet watercolor paper even if does smell like ‘wet dog’.” Speaking of dogs, Hart has donated original artwork to the Airedale Terrier Rescue Association’s fall fundraiser. She has also done work to benefit Oglebay Institute and the Wheeling Symphony Auxiliary. She accepts commissions.

Artworks is located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market in the 2200 block. Artworks is an art gallery dedicated to providing space for juried artists and providing community outreach events.

Hours are 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Fridays when closing is 6 p.m. For those interested in becoming a member, visit the website artworks aroundtown.com.

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