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Artworks Around Town July Gallery Shows Underway

Janet Sheehan’s ‘Chipmunk’ in watercolor

WHEELING — This month, Artworks Around Town is showcasing creations members made during the recent quarantine because of COVID-19.

Betsy Cox, curator of the Studio Gallery, will hang a variety of works, some inspired by the virus and its effects on the artist and some done just because the artist had extra time to paint and will include varied subjects. There will be an interesting variety including an image of a masked pug and colorful scenes inspired by visitors to a summer garden. The Student Exhibit will continue showing the works of Bobbi Priebe’s high school students from St. John Central Academy.

In light of state mandated restrictions on crowd sizes and social distancing requirements, Artworks will not have an opening reception this month. Artworks is open from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every day except Sunday and the public is welcome to browse both of these exhibits and see other new works throughout the gallery. Members have been knitting, painting, photographing, weaving, carving, making pottery and jewelry for two months in preparation for return to our “open for business” status.

Starting in July, Sandy Hadsell’s Open Studio will resume on Fridays. Artists gather at 10:30 a.m. and stay until 12:30 p.m., bring their own materials, share the space to create and exchange ideas. Participants are asked to make a donation of $5, which goes to the ongoing programs at Artworks. Although there is no formal instruction, Hadsell’s group welcomes artists who are interested sharing creative energy in a relaxed setting.

Call Artworks at 302-233-7540 for information on this and workshops scheduled for the rest of the summer.

Gift cards are now available at Artworks. Go to the Artworks Around Town page on Facebook for details. Anyone interested in becoming a member of this artist community can go to the website at artworksaroundtown.com for additional details and an application.

Artworks is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market and is proudly 22 years old and is growing.

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