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Artworks Opens New Exhibits for October

Janet Sheehan Is Featured Artist in the Studio Gallery

Seahorses Garden in colored pencil

WHEELING — Artworks has a special celebration for the month of October. Janet Sheehan, a member of Artworks Around Town, is not only the featured Artist of the Month, she has her own show in the Studio Gallery.

Titled “A Few of My Favorite Things,” this exhibit promises to be an exciting array of the artists favorite treasures and a celebration of her skill at capturing them in paint.

Beginning today, Oct. 2, the show will be on display for the months of October and November. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, Artworks will not be able to host an opening reception, but visitors are welcome to visit the show during business hours six days a week at the gallery in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market. On the other side of the aisle in the north end will be works done by the clients of the Marian House Drop In Center.

Sheehan has been fascinated by color and nature all of her life. As a little girl, she was curious about everything around her, be it a flower, ant, bird or tree. She said that color was mesmerizing to her, and no one color was her favorite because they were all lovelier together.

A growing family and all the responsibilities that go hand-in-hand with earning a living kept her from exploring her love of making works of art. As soon as her children were grown, she returned to her earlier fascination with color and the natural world.

Since 2010, she has been honing her artistic skills with watercolor, colored pencils, pen and ink and most recently, chalk pastels. Her work is fresh and vibrant in any medium she uses. Teachers on her journey have included Janet Rodriquez, Bill Rettig, Bev Beatty, Cecil Rose and Bob Sako.

Sheehan exhibits regularly and has won several awards. She is a juried member of both the West Virginia and Pittsburgh Watercolor Societies. Her paintings are in various personal and commercial collections in North and Central America and Great Britain. She is an active member of Artworks Around Town and has served on the board at the co-op for several years.

She resides in Wheeling with her husband, Martin and her three cats. She is the mother of three adult children and grandmother of six.

Marian House, located on 18th St. in Wheeling, always brings a colorful array of artwork to the gallery. According to art director, Patti Neic, the exhibit will include some paper mache pieces as well as paintings this year.

Under the umbrella of NAMI of Greater Wheeling, Marian house offers support, education and advocacy for individuals and families coping with mental illness.

Artworks is a nonprofit charitable and educational Gallery and Art Center. Hours are 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except for Fridays when closing is at 6 p.m.

Anyone wishing to join Artworks Around Town is encouraged to visit the website: artworksaroundtown.com for details and an application.

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