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Artworks’ Gallery Hop Reception Tonight

Photography by Larry Travis, including this black and white orchid photo, are on display at the Studio Gallery.

WHEELING — If the ice and snow prevented anyone from attending the February Gallery Hop and opening of “Departure From Reality,” you are in luck. This is a two-month show and will continue through the month of March. The photographers will be present at the Gallery Hop on Friday, March 6, in the Studio Gallery.

Giulio Cappelletti, Larry Travis and Len Smith will greet visitors at a free reception from 5:30-8 p.m.

All three photographers are well known in the area and outside the valley as well. The exhibit features work in black and white. While all three fine art photographers have mastered color, they have an appreciation of the various effects working in black and white provides.

“While color can be beautiful,” Cappelletti stated, “it can distract the viewer from the ‘tones, form and texture of the scene’.” All three photographers have won awards and have generously taught others how to improve their skills.

Photography has changed drastically over the years, and with the rise of digital cameras, it has forced photographers to keep up with the changes and improvements in processing and printing technology.

This exhibit is a stunning example of the wide range of styles, perceptions and treatments of subject matter by three talented men. Summing up his purpose, Larry Travis states he tries “to capture an unexpected moment and preserve it in a piece of fine art.”

The student section of the North Gallery will feature two different shows. Clients of the Sexual Assault Help Center will present their work, and for the first time in her life, guest artist Florentina Radulescu will have a solo show.

Radulescu was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1968. Twenty years later, she found herself alone after losing her father and grandmother. In 2010, she immigrated to the United States. Shortly after her arrival, she was in an accident that left her disabled. What followed was an adjustment to her new life situation that involved an intense inward journey. She started writing, hoping to be able to publish her thoughts and feelings in a book. In 2019, Florentina began painting and to her amazement, she discovered she had talent. It is evident in her work, which will be on display for the month of March.

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 for Fridays when closing is at 6 p.m.

To learn more about becoming a member of Artworks, visit the website at artworksaroundtown.com.

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