"Ways of Seeing, Ways of Speaking" Art Exhibit at Towngate
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1330 National Rd., Wheeling, WV

june, 2020

sun28jun1:00 pm3:00 pm"Ways of Seeing, Ways of Speaking" Art Exhibit Public Reception1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Towngate Theatre, 2118 Market Street Wheeling WV 26003

Event Details

The Gallery at Towngate will host the exhibit “Ways of Seeing, Ways of Speaking: Paintings and Drawings from Two Perspectives” June 1-August 7, 2020.

The exhibit features the work of artists Clare McDonald and Erin Mellott. Read more about the exhibit here or view it virtually.

A public reception takes place from 1-3pm Sunday, June 28. Guests can view the art, meet the artists and purchase select pieces. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available with the first drink on us!

The Gallery is limited to 20 visitors at a time. Health screenings/temperature checks will be taken upon entering.

The exhibit is on display June 1-30 and can be viewed free of charge 11am-3pm Monday-Friday.

About the Artists:

Clare McDonald

Clare McDonald was born in England and has been painting and drawing since early childhood. She studied art at advanced level in high school and was strongly encouraged to pursue an artistic career path. However, she took a different path for much of her life. In the mid-2000s, she returned to her artistic roots.

She took classes with local artists Mark Fleming and Pat Jacobson, became involved with the Independent Artist’s Group in Wheeling and attended as many drawing and painting opportunities in the area as she could. She participated in plein air events with ARTWORKS Around Town and Oglebay Institute and she has been accepted into several juried exhibitions in the last few years. In 2015, she received an Honorable Mention in the Crosscurrents exhibition at OI’s Stifel Fine Arts Center. She also received Merit and Honorable Mention awards at the Bethany Fall Annual Exhibition held at Bethany College.

“Broken Home” by Clare McDonald

In her artist statement she says, “Inspiration for a piece can come from anywhere, but many of my pieces contain some organic element. I try to connect with a path to finding the beauty in a scene or object. Light is key to my work and I strive to make light push out of the paper towards the viewer in order to help them understand the surfaces and structure of objects, as well as their beauty.”

Erin Mellot

Since childhood, Beallsville, Ohio native Erin Mellot has spent most of her free time creating art. While attending college at Ohio University Eastern, she completed every art class available, experimenting with new mediums and deepening her understanding of art.

In her artists statement Erin said, “Having autism has affected my communication and ability to form relationships, but art has helped me overcome these obstacles. Along with God, art has comforted me through many difficult circumstances, and without it, life would be so different. Art has been and will continue to be a special part of my life because it is my voice when I have none.”

“Sunny Flowers with Fence” by Erin Mellot


(Sunday) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Towngate Theatre

2118 Market Street Wheeling WV 26003


Oglebay Institute304-242-7700