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Artworks Around Town Brings Photography Into Focus in February

‘The Quiet Place’ by Giulio Cappelletti

WHEELING — Artworks Around Town in Wheeling celebrates the opening of its February exhibits at the Studio Gallery in Centre Market today.

The title of February’s show, “Departure From Reality,” promises to provide a stunning glimpse into the perceptions of three of the area’s finest photographers. Giulio Cappelletti, Larry Travis and Len Smith are teaming up to present their photographs at Artworks Around Town for the month of February. They will greet visitors at a free reception from 5:30-8 p.m. today, Friday, Feb. 7 at the Studio Gallery in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market.

A longtime member of Artworks, Giulio Cappelletti considers most of the photographs he exhibits to be fine art travel photography. He said he believes photography is an emotional experience for him, and one of his goals is to share that experience with the viewer. His interest in photography began early on when he processed his own black and white film in the darkroom. At that time, his primary subject matter involved street scenes in his hometown, Washington, D.C.

Cappelletti has made the change to digital photography and the “digital darkroom.” He still processes and prints his own images, using archival ink and professional fine art papers. He believes, to truly appreciate a photograph, it must be printed. In this show, he revisits his love for black and white photography. While color can be beautiful, he feels it can distract the viewer from the “tones, form and texture of the scene.” He has won awards in several shows and enjoys teaching his skill to others. No matter what his subject, his work evokes a mood of peace and reflexion.

Larry Travis is also a member of Artworks Around Town. A life long resident of West Virginia, he has photographed nature’s images in his native state, as well as locations such as the high deserts of Arizona and the marshes of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. His work is memorable and vivid. In it he endeavors to “capture an unexpected moment and preserve it in a piece of fine art.”

Travis has won Merit Awards in both state and International competitions including Professional Photographers of West Virginia, Professional Photographers of America and Epson International Pano Awards. He is a juried member of Tamarack, the Best of West Virginia, Beckley, W.Va. His fine art photography has been included in exhibits of the David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery at Tamarack, including The Best of West Virginia Open Juried Exhibit. See his artwork by visiting LarryTravisPhotography.com.

Len Smith is a native of Shadyside. He has been a student of physical science, mathematics and astronomy since he was young. He was interested in optics and telescope making early on as well. Buying his first camera in 1973, he used it on his telescopes to take photos of the night sky. He soon started taking photographs in daylight and enjoyed the “learning challenge” that kind of work presented. While raising his children with wife Mary Anne, his photos were mostly family oriented.

Since buying his first digital camera in 2000, he has continued to evolve with the changes and improvements in digital processing and printing technology. It has caused him to take an entirely different approach to his photography. He still has purist roots but once the image is captured by the camera, “I now use digital processing to produce what I call ‘The Realization of Reality,’ which tries to portray what your brain ‘sees’ in my image, as opposed to what your eye (and camera) records.” He goes on to state “digital manipulation has exploded in the past two decades. It is an exciting time for photography and printing.”

Smith, with a long standing background in electronics, is a purist designer and builder of speakers and amplifiers for the music that he enjoys (all types). He still enjoys the night sky and continues his reading in the physical sciences and mathematics.

Artist who are Teachers will be the focus of the student section of the north end gallery. Sandy Hadsell has collected work of the teachers who guide students through the creation of artwork in all mediums.

Artworks Around Town is a gallery dedicated to promoting local artists and community educational programs. Located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market, hours are from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except Friday, when closing is at 6 p.m.

To learn more about becoming a member of Artworks, please go to the website: artworksaround town.com.

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