Paint Historic Wheeling: Plein AirAugust 1-3, Wheeling, West Virginia

ARTWORKS Around Town, Ogelbay Institute and West Liberty University invites all artists to participate in the second annual Paint Historic Wheeling plein air painting event, August 1-3 in downtown Wheeling, West Virginia. The weekend includes an exciting schedule of workshops with leading regional plein air artists, and public art shows and sales held at ARTWORKS around town in Centre Market. Additional event information and artist registration forms can be on the ARTWORKS Around Town website.


Flat Rock Falls, Copyright Chuck Marshall

Wheeling’s charming neighborhoods feature plenty of inspiration, from downtown streetscapes and unique architectural structures, to rural landscapes, waterways, and gardens. Artists are invited to paint anywhere in the city including Victorian Old Town, the historic Centre Market district and along the scenic river front of the Ohio at Heritage Port.

Artist and author Chuck Marshall will be West Liberty’s special guest for the 2014 Paint Historic Wheeling. He will discussing his work, inspirations and methods at the artist kick-off party on Friday August 1st at 6:30PM. The presentation is free and open to the public. He will also be conducting a free plein air demo at Centre Market in Wheeling at 9AM on Saturday August 2nd. Both events will take place at ARTWORKS Around Town in Center Market in Wheeling. Here is a PDF copy of an article Chuck wrote for Plein Air magazine.

Artist Bio– Chuck Marshall (Charles W. Marshall, Jr.) was born and raised in Ohio. He grew up in the very small town of New Antioch, about 7 miles outside of Wilmington.

The surrounding area was known for its agriculture – mainly hogs and corn. So Chuck grew up working farms and spending time in his father’s construction trade, but from a very early age Chuck knew he wanted to do something different with his life – he knew he was going to be an artist. He would spend hours each day sketching images of fields and hillsides that he would see while roaming the countryside.
When in high school Chuck was fortunate enough to have an art teacher that cared about young artistic minds and introduced Chuck to all forms of art.
Chuck went on to attended one year at the Cincinnati Art Academy before moving to southern California, where he studied at the California Art Institute. While out west he studied with various artists that worked in the Southwest and California Plein Air styles. (Plein Air is a French term meaning to paint from life, or on location.)
At that time in Chuck’s early career, his focus was on wildlife and the landscapes he loved so much. When he could, he would go outside to paint. Although family obligations didn’t leave much time for Chuck to dedicate himself to his art, he was still able to find enough success in his paintings to keep him inspired as an artist.
Throughout his career, Chuck has also worked as an illustrator and graphic designer. His illustrations have been featured in magazines, books, popcorn tins, as well as prints and greeting cards. His fine art has been published in International Artist and American Artist Magazine. Chuck has won numerous awards and has also performed as a judge in juried art competitions. His work hangs in many private and corporate collections, and he has been asked to demonstrate his craft for art groups, teaching both illustration and fine art classes. He is a member of many art groups local and national.
Today his art has taken a turn more towards the elements of art than the subject matter. Shapes, values, edges, line, color, and so on attract his eye more now. He feels great painting comes from that and not how well you can draw an object.

Chuck’s art is a direct reflection of his love of art, nature and life itself.

Chuck Marshall’s participation at the 2014 Paint Historic Wheeling is is supported by the Arts and Ideas fund and West Liberty’s College of Arts and Communication.