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‘Pots, Photos and Phiber’ at Artworks Around Town

April 29, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

It will be "All in the Family Night" at the Gallery Hop of Artworks Around Town, 2200 Market St., Wheeling, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 4, as St. Clairsville artists Lynne and Jeff Mamone join with their nephew, Devin Heath, of Worthington, Ohio, in displaying their artistic talents.

Area residents can join them at the public opening and enjoy refreshments while viewing the gallery and their work.

Their exhibition, titled "Pots, Photos and 'Phiber,'" will be on display in Artworks' Studio Gallery during May. Their body of work encompasses media from the most primitive, in clay and fiber, to the latest in digital technology.

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The North Gallery of Artworks will feature the artwork of the young men who are residents of the Children's Home of Wheeling. The art program was conceived and is presently instructed by Joyce Schultze who recognized the need for a creative outlet and a means of self-expression for these boys.

The program is extremely popular and has produced some excellent work. Gallery officials said it is obvious to the observer that there is not only a high level of talent but also the desire to explore one's feelings and emotions which is such an integral part of all artistic endeavor.

Schultze is a member artist at Artworks Around Town and an instructor in the art program at Oglebay Institute's Stifel Center.

The Mamones are no strangers to the local art community, having been members of Artworks for a number of years, while Heath is making a return visit after receiving strong reviews at an earlier student show.

Heath, a senior at Worthington Kilbourne High School, has demonstrated a talent in ceramics throughout his high school career.

The strength of his work has grown steadily as he has experimented with many techniques of wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery. He has won various throwing competitions at his school and continues to build his skills on his own wheel in a makeshift studio at home.

What started out as a simple high school class on clay construction has grown into an outlet for self-expression. His eye for texture and color adds depth and drama to each piece. Heath plans to continue his education in the arts at Columbus State College this fall by pursuing a degree in graphic design.

Lynne Mamone remembers working with yarn for the first time as her mother taught her to braid with three strands tied to a doorknob. Her mother also taught her to knit, but nothing too creative came from those early days.

She developed a renewed interest in knitting in the past few years after admiring a felted bag a friend had knitted. The fabric that the knitted wool made after being treated with a felting process had her hooked and she has worked onward from there, always on the lookout for new yarns and techniques.

Her latest endeavor is felting soap. It's a fun process of layering wool roving onto a bar of soap and "fulling" the roving using hot water, soap and a lot of friction to create a layer of fabric that covers the bar of soap. The finished product is a bar of soap and washcloth all in one.

"I enjoy making these as they are creative, fun and you are never quite sure of how the finished product will look. I think that adds to the appeal," she said.

She plans to continue to find new and different ways to express her interest in the medium of fiber.

Jeff Mamone has worked many years in the photography and graphics fields and has spent much of that time experimenting with the play of light on his subject and attempting to elevate digital media to a true fine art medium. His work is a reflection of life's experiences and his reaction to them.

As a young art student, Jeff Mamone learned as much as he could about photography and light. He spent many years working with other artists pushing the limits of what he had learned. He believes that to create art in a digital medium, the artist must be in complete control of the creative process.

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