WHEELING – September will be a busy month at Artworks Around Town.
A spectacular exhibition by Rachel Goodman, knitted treasures presented by the “Ladies of the Knit” and the second annual Ohio Valley Plein Air Paint out all take place during this month at the Gallery. Both shows will begin with a free reception on Friday, September 2. The first Friday Gallery Hop will offer light refreshments from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and all are welcome to attend.
Rachel Goodman is originally from Saskatoon, Canada, and now lives and paints in her studio in downtown Wheeling. She attended Harrington College of Design in Chicago where she studied illustration and communication design. She works in a variety of mediums and styles. Goodman said,
“My artist’s voice and my style remain to be defined.” She considers herself a novice painter and finds great joy and fulfillment in her work.
Winner of the Ohio Valley Plein Air Paint Out last year, Goodman’s paintings include landscapes, floral pieces and abstracts. For more information and examples of her paintings, see her website: rachelgoodmanart.com.
“Ladies of the Knit” is a group of multi-talented women who get together twice a week to share their love of sewing. Composed of about 14 people currently, the knitters started in 2008 with only a few members. Lenora Turbanic and Sue Agostinelli and their friends gathered in the back of a bookstore in Warwood with a mentor from their church leading them. They learned and grew, having several different locations up to their current “home” at Wheeling Coffee and Spice.
They donate much of what they create to various charities and hospitals. The group includes knitters, crocheters and other needlework connoisseurs.
Turbanic mentioned that anyone who wants to knit, learn and commune is welcome to join the group on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. They will be selling their handmade works in the North Gallery during the month of September.
There’s plenty of time to register for the second Ohio Valley Plein Air Paint Out. The five-day event starts on September 28 and ends on October 2. Founder Eric Dye explains that his goal is “to engage artists, from beginners to professional plein air painters, who are passionate about plein air painting using many of the scenic views, historic architecture and small town locations of the United States. less than 20 miles from Wheeling.”
Artworks is located in the historic downtown Wheeling Market. Serving the community for over 20 years, the Gallery is a non-profit fine arts and education center.
Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. six days a week Monday through Saturday. New members are welcome and application forms are available at the Gallery or online at artworksaroundtown.com.