Busy season for art association

Annual spring show, fort exhibit, demonstration on April calendar

Helen Sweeney -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville Art Association is in the midst of a busy month.

Its annual spring exhibit at Eastern Gateway Community College, 4000 Sunset Blvd., runs from April 28 through May 11, weekdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from noon to 4 p.m. on May 5. The college is closed on Sundays.

The opening reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 with the awards ceremony set for 2:30 p.m. Awards will include best of show, eight merit awards, 10 honorable mentions, special awards and purchase awards. Pittsburgh-based artist Gail Beem is the juror.

Meanwhile, at Historic Fort Steuben’s Visitor Center, 120 S. Third St., Helen Sweeney of Weirton is the featured artist through April 25.

A longtime art association member who does transparent watercolors, Sweeney has on display many watercolors in the areas of floral, still-life and landscape. Through the years, she has won many SAA Spring Show awards in various categories with other honors to her credit.

They include the John Glenn Award from the Salt Fork Festival, a Best of Show award in the Cadiz International Mining Festival and Bethany College Fall Annual and awards in area exhibits. For many years, she exhibited yearly in 12 Juried Arts festivals in Ohio, including those in Westerville and Dublin, Ohio.

Cecy Rose of the Wheeling area will be the featured demonstrator for the SAA’s meeting Wednesday at the fort, beginning at 7 p.m. and for its workshop there from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. the same day.

Members or non-members interested in participating should contact Gina Judy at (740) 282-7908. The workshop cost is $46.

“I got into printmaking in the early ’70’s along with painting and drawing, in which I eventually received my MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. It was this background that provided a natural pathway toward my interest in working on Yupo. After attending a workshop with Carol Stevens, I was hooked. She told me to look up George James, and the rest is history. The beauty of this technique, for me, is that it gracefully weaves together printmaking, drawing and painting with the use of watercolor. The entire process allows for subtraction and addition, glazing and layering, and as Carol Stevens advised, playing and experimenting. The richness and saturation of color give the appearance of a watermedia painting unlike any other,” Rose notes.

“In this workshop we will focus on design and content, application and technique and presentation and preservation. You can work from your imagination, or bring your own photos for reference,” she adds.

In other SAA news, member Paula Siebieda of Bellaire had her oil painting “Tin Pan Alley” recently accepted into the Erie Art Museum’s 95th-annual Spring Show, which opens in Erie, Pa., on Saturday. It runs through July 1.

The museum, accepting entries from a 250-mile radius, had Juror Wendy Maruyama choose 102 entries from 643 submissions. Also a member of the McMurray Art League in Pennsylvania, Siebieda recently won Merit and Best in Category awards in its spring show in the Galleria in Mount Lebanon. She also exhibited recently in the North Hills (Pittsburgh) Art Center “PAWS” exhibit and the Southeast Ohio Watermedia Spring Show and will exhibit soon in the Butler Art Center (Pa.) Spring Show.