Weirton art gallery discussed by Steubenville Rotary

STEUBENVILLE – The Summit Art Gallery, a partnership between the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Hancock County Arts Council, was discussed during Friday’s luncheon meeting of the Steubenville Rotary Club at the YWCA.

Alecia Sirk of the visitor’s bureau, told Rotary members the gallery debuted at its 3393 Main St., Weirton, location in April with an opening-night gala. She said the gallery features four different area artists displaying work in different media.

“We now have this wonderful art (in the office),” said Sirk, adding the Summit Gallery “had been a dream of the (Hancock Arts Council). We currently have four artists exhibiting.”

Sirk said all art displayed in the gallery is for sale on a consignment basis, and the art will periodically change. She added the art also has transformed the entire personality of the office space.

“The idea is every quarter we will have four different artists here displaying different mediums,” she said. “They are able to sell their art at the gallery.”

Sirk said any artists are welcome to apply for exhibition, and the gallery currently has a backlog of artists wishing to show their works. She said special installations will be part of future activities, and the gallery is open the same hours as the visitors bureau, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Future art installations also are in the works, said Sirk.

The next gallery gala is set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 1 when the gallery welcomes four new artists, Sirk said.

She said she hopes the gallery will grow and be embraced by the community.

“We hope to grow the network of artists we work with,” she said. “That’s part of what makes a community to me.”

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