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Local Art Hop to provide a tour of some area artists

WEIRTON — The Top of West Virginia Covention and Visitors Bureau and the Top of West Virginia Arts Council have teamed up with Highland Springs Farm and Barn With Inn Bed & Breakfast to host the inaugural Art Hop, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Seven locations have been selected to view the variety of local work including Summit Art Gallery, Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, and Mary H. Weir Public Library in Weirton. In Wellsburg, the Sarah Miller House, The American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum, Highland Springs Farm and Barn With Inn Bed and Breakfast, and Martha’s Gallery will open their doors.

All art items will be for sale by the artists.

Kicking off the event at 9:30 a.m. will be the Hancock County Historical Museum Victorian Carolers, setting the mood of the holiday season at Summit Art Gallery, 3393 Main St., in Weirton. The Art Hop opens at 10 a.m., with Dennis Jones’ photography that captures the beauty of the local outdoors. Savannah Schroll Guz is a mixed-media artist and metalsmith featuring both her artisan jewelry and framed 2D works. Hot chocolate and pastries will be served at the gallery.

Artists at the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, located at 3149 Main St., will include Amy Franey-Cunningham with her watercolors and the occasional Micron pen along with her stone jewelry. Judi Noble works in a variety of media, including a combination of color, art and written word. Lambros Tsuhlares, affectionately known at the “Clay Ninja,” is a ceramic artist based in Short Creek, and a former adjunct professor of ceramics at West Liberty University. Rounding out the artists at the museum will be Robert L. Watson. His work predominately is in transparent watercolor with subjects of rustic landscapes and nautical elements.

The last stop in Weirton for the Art Hop will be the Mary H. Weir Public Library, 3343 Main St.. At this location, Paul Spencer offers paintings of wildlife, pets and portraits. Helen Sweeney will present several of her watercolor paintings for viewing and purchase.

Hopping down to the Sarah Miller House at 900 Main St. in Wellsburg, Joyce Beatty’s artwork in oils and acrylics are a few of the choice media. Beatty will also have many of her one-of-a-kind Christmas Cottages and “Santa’s from a Christmas Past” creations. Nancy Wright considers herself an impressionist artist and her artwork is done in acrylics.

Lunch will be prepared by Chef Brian Magliochette and served at Sarah Miller House from noon to 1:30 p.m. The lunch is $25 and required reservations can be made by contacting Chatman Neely at (304) 692-0141.

Dovetail Fire and Ale in Follansbee at 855 Main St. will also offer a 10 percent discount for lunch for anyone attending this event just by showing your ticket.

The next stop on the Art Hop will be The American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum at the Brooke County Public Library at 945 Main St. in Wellsburg. Dale Biesecker’s work of landscapes, still life and aging architecture, along with Mike Swartzmiller’s unique DNA “hair-embedded” signature acrylics.

Stop at the Highland Springs Farm and Barn With Inn Bed and Breakfast 4859 Bealls Ridge Road, Wellsburg for the art of Suzi Whitaker. Make your way to Martha’s Gallery, 736 Charles St. for Kimberly Lawless and her “There is Spirit Here,” an exploration of animals as guides and sentinels. Donna Sullivan brings her pottery and pierced tin art to the gallery.

A closing reception will be held at 4 p.m. at Martha’s Gallery.

While visiting each location, patrons will be required to have their tickets stamped to enter the prize drawings to be awarded at the reception. Prizes will include dinner for two at Sarah Miller House, a gift basket from Wellsburg Family Roots Farm and a Chinese auction of art items donated by the various artists.

For more information, contact The Top of WV Convention and Visitors Bureau at (304) 797-7001 or Barn With Inn at (304) 692-0141.

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