New artists welcomed at Summit Gallery

WEIRTON — Five new artists will be featured at Summit Gallery, 3393 Main St., on Thursday, with an opening reception set from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“These new artists all bring something fresh and new to the gallery,” said Molly Mossor, Hancock County Arts Council member and event chair. “This summer we’re keeping it light and airy.”

The artists include:

• Darlene Kibby, a Martins Ferry native and a retired teacher, who is self taught and works mainly in watercolors, but also works with acrylics. She is doing commission work on pet portraits and home paintings.

• Bethany Fernbaugh, a Weirton resident who is a full-time music teacher at Oak Glen Middle School. While always passionate about singing, her father signed her up for a painting class as a father and daughter project and it took off from there. She works with oils, but prefers acrylics and works with landscape and still life painting.

• Stephanie Cook, the daughter of an artist, who grew up with an eye for detail. On her 13th birthday, her grandfather gifted her with a Minolta 35mm camera with a wide angle and telephoto lens. That camera never left her side. She is mostly self taught but did attend the Art Institute of Photography in Pittsburgh during high school. Her passion for photography grew from a hobby into free lance photography. She specializes in nature photography but has an interest in architecture and abstract art.

• Raana Flemm, who focuses on native plants and animals of Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She is a member of the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society and the American Society of Botanical Artists. She has studied botanical art and illustration at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. She works with wildlife illustration by emphasizing details and personality of a subject.

• Christine DelGuzzi, who is a Weirton-based costume designer. She has a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Bethany, where she studied performance and design. She is a board member of the Striplight Community Theatre. Her skills allow her to visualize every aspect of a garment, from fit to fade, to dress a fully dimensional character. In this show she will be highlighting featured outfits for the new production of “Alice in Wonderland,” which opens in August at Striplight Theatre.