WHEELING - The Wheeling Artisan Center is pleased to host an exhibit of photography titled, Visceral Visions, Sept. 4-25. The exhibition features the work of Suzanne Polinski, Rachael Ponzani, and Bennett McKinley. The exhibit is in the 3rd Floor Loft Gallery of the Wheeling Artisan Center and is free and open to the public. An opening reception is Thursday, Sept. 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Polinski, a life-long resident of Shadyside, is a photographer, painter, and mixed media artist. She has been exhibiting her art on a professional level since 2008. Her work has been accepted in many juried exhibitions, including the WV Art & Craft Guild's Juried Exhibition, and the Stifel Fine Arts Center's CrossCurrents Exhibition, in which her work has been accepted for the past six years. Her work has also been accepted in numerous other exhibitions throughout the Ohio Valley and has received many awards. Both her work as a photographer and a painter exemplify her love for color and line. Her work often focuses on cropped portions of larger subjects.
Ponzani's experience as a photographer began during her studies at Ohio University Eastern, where she obtained and Associates in Arts degree. The St. Clairsville native has had work accepted in the Stifel Fine Arts Center's 2011, 2012, and 2013 exhibits, where, in 2011, she was awarded second place for her photograph titled, "Window Pain." Ponzani's work is highly design based and can often be identified by its bold use of color and focus on finding beauty in the unexpected.
By Suzanne Polinski
By Rachael Ponzani
By Bennett McKinley
McKinley's journey as a photographer started out on disposable cameras and hand-me-downs, which allowed him to capture fun images, but inhibited his creative nature. As he grew as a photographer, so did his equipment, as well as his appreciation and curiosity for the artistic side of photography. McKinley has not limited himself to one aspect of the art, and, instead of focusing only on one he experiments with a little bit of everything. His images cross many spectrums, from abstract to portrait work. For him, abstract has been the most rewarding, because he finds the experience powerful, exciting and beautiful. He also enjoys incorporating his love for his hometown Wheeling into his abstract work. For him, photography serves as a creative outlet, as well as providing endless unique projects and challenges. Bennett has been recognized for his recent project, "Meet Me in the Alley." An exhibit of over three hundred photos of individuals "in the alley" where displayed in August at the Wheeling Artisan Center from this project.
The Artisan Center's 3rd Floor Loft Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The center is closed on Sunday. For more information on this or upcoming exhibits, call the center at (304) 232-1810.