Senior Sophia Kayafas Senior Project

Sophia Kayafas, who is completing an Interdisciplinary program in fine arts and public relations at WLU will be exhibiting her senior project at the Wheeling Artisan Center, 1400 Main St., from Thursday, Oct. 3, through Thursday, Oct. 31. The solo exhibition, titled “A Self Portrait,” opens with a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. The reception and show are free and open to the public. For additional information please read the article in the September 29th Wheeling News-Intelligencer....

Portals: Paintings by Kara Ruth Snyder

West Liberty University’s Nutting Gallery welcomes its next exhibition, Portals: Paintings by Kara Ruth Snyder, this week. Featuring abstract acrylic and mixed media paintings, it will open with a public reception from 5:30 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2 and remains on display through Oct. 24. The paintings in this exhibition are inspired by meditation and are presented as potential doorways into (or out of) the consciousness of both artist and viewer, according to Robert Villamagna, director of the Nutting Gallery. Snyder’s artist’s statement explains further: A portal is a doorway, an access, an exit or an entrance, a gate. In this collection of recent work, the artist shares the artistic results of her disciplined practice of meditation. Her art process is a challenge to lose the ego by manipulating the physical elements that make up the painting and then letting the materials speak for themselves. Striving to create from a more universal consciousness, the painting then becomes a record of her meditative experiences. The painting continues to do its work by acting as a possible portal. The borders of the painting itself mimic a window of some sort…a two-way street where the art is a “snapshot” from the mind of the artist and the viewer gazes upon this and is invited to try to see “something.” The materials themselves and their physical characteristics will have an energetic impact. The size and orientation of the work, the pigment, the gestural direction of the various brushstrokes and markings, and the placement of compositional elements all meld together to form an impression, conscious or not, upon the viewer. The artwork/portal beckons the viewer...

Nutting Gallery Season Opens with 5 x 6 Exhibition

Nutting Gallery at West Liberty University proudly presents 5×6, the gallery’s first exhibition of the 2013-14 season, featuring five different artists, each showing six pieces of work. Participating artists are Ron Copeland, Kyle Hallam, Jeff Pierson, Eric Price and Randie Snow. The opening reception for 5×6 is from 5:30 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 4. Ron Copeland is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh. He’s a photographer and graphic designer who turned to silk screening and stenciling. His interests in recent years have focused on exploring abandoned spaces of the city. Taking fragments of what remains of houses or buildings, he recreates the space of a life left behind, using remnants of human activity in areas now fallen into decay. Pennsylvania artist Kyle Hallam worked predominantly in clay for about 25 years, creating brightly colored terra cotta hand-built pots and wall assemblages. Five years ago, he began incorporating clay elements into wall assemblages that he created from recycled materials such as cardboard, tin cans, fabric, rope, etc. During the past 18 months (with support of grants from the Sprout Fund and the Community Foundation of Greene County, and private donations) he designed and implemented an Arts & Crafts program to work with the mentally and physically challenged clients at Greene ARC in Ruff Creek, Pa. Randie Snow is an assemblage artist based in Pittsburgh. Drawing themes from her everyday life, her work explores the natural balance of the human existence and often strives to find harmony amongst seemingly contradictory ideas. Influenced by her background as a commercial graphic designer, Snow’s assemblages integrate a balanced visual aesthetic, frequently by contrasting color, shape, and texture. Individual found...

Paint Historic Wheeling

Join members of Artworks Around Town for a weekend of outdoor painting to commemorate West Virginia’s 150th Birthday! Receptions, artist workshops and public art shows will take place throughout the weekend for artists to share inspiration and for the public to see the beauty of our city through the eyes of talented artists. Once again WLU is sponsoring the events keynote speaker as well as providing food for the event. “This is an opportunity for the Art Program at WLU to work with our great community partners, encourage our students to get out and paint and continue to broaden the training of our students and community members” stated Art Department Chair Brian Fencl. WLU’s special guest this year is painter Christopher Seubert. He is an excellent teacher and an ideal person to lead a workshop for artists interested in drawing and painting cityscapes. Here is a brief bio for the keynote speaker: As a painter and draughtsman, Christopher has participated in-group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Dahesh Museum in Manhattan, and has appeared in American Artist Magazine. He participated in the Prince of Wales Institute and the New York Academy of Art sponsored plein-air painting program hosted by Christopher Forbes in Balleroy, Normandy, France. This past summer he exhibited in a group show at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz entitled “Out of the Studio.” Currently he is teaching at Marist College and at the Barret Art Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. Christopher’s workshop kick’s off at 9AM on Friday August 2nd with his artist talk taking place at 7PM at ArtWorks...

Warhol Museum Joins With The Center For Arts And Education To Teach Art To Teachers

The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Center for Arts and Education at West Liberty University, recently presented a special topics course designed to help West Liberty University elementary education majors learn to use art as a tool to integrate social justice, environmental, and health issues into their artwork and curriculum this spring. The course was also open to students majoring in art education, graphic design and interdisciplinary studies. “Thanks to a grant from the Benedum Foundation, the Warhol presented activities adapted for the classroom from two of their existing youth programs: RUST (Radical Urban Silkscreening Team) and Power Up (a program that empowers young women to become advocates to their peers),” explained Tresa Varner, curator of education and interpretation at the Warhol. Students studied photographic silkscreen printing, graphic design and digital imaging and created projects that included posters, brochures, stickers and t-shirts. “The processes involved thinking about and making art to help the students develop a variety of 21st-century skills, such as creative problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. The course also incorporated themes that resonate with youth culture, such as the environment and social justice,” said Lou Karas, director of the WLU Center for Arts and Education. “The goal of this course was to encourage students to use their imaginations and creative resources as they learn Andy Warhol’s silkscreen techniques and newer printmaking processes. Through artmaking, they learn to communicate strong and personally expressive messages that can inspire positive changes in their peer groups, neighborhoods and communities.” The course was open to West Liberty University rising seniors and May graduates and resulted in three...

2013 Senior Exhibition

The spring 2013 Senior Exhibition opens Wednesday, April 24th. This years show features the work of graduating seniors . Bryan Gasaway, Krista Groves, Courtney Moulder, Caleb Fillburn, Amanda Swann, Vinnie Candelore, Sydney Vuiller and Victoria Bryant. The show features a mix of styles and techniques and features work from a talented and visually sophisticated group. The gallery opening is Wednesday April 24th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and the show runs from April 24th to May 9th. All gallery events are free and open to the public. For more information about upcoming shows in the Nutting Gallery see our gallery pageand you find The Nutting Gallery on Facebook. Questions can be directed to gallery director Robert Villamagna at...