Art teachers display talents

From staff reports

Several art teachers from the Wood County school system are exhibiting their artistic talent during December.

The Wood County School Teachers Art Exhibit will be on display at WesBanco, 415 Market St., Parkersburg, during regular hours on Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heather Royer is the art instructor at VanDevender Middle School. She studied Interior Architecture at Ohio University and has a masters degree in Art Education from the University of Toledo. She has taught art for 10 years, including five years in Ohio, two years in Thailand and the last three years in Parkersburg.

“The art in this series is an exploration of color, artist voice, and style. I have found simple objects that often get overlooked and transformed them into expressive designs. My style is loose, vibrant and likely ‘trendy,'” she said.

Emma Romanowski is an art teacher at Parkersburg High School. She uses ceramics, photography, watercolor and acrylic paint, ink, graphics, as well as reclaimed materials to make up her art pieces.

Felix Secreto is an art teacher at Hamilton Middle School.

Secreto said he has always enjoyed observing wildlife and especially birds of prey. He wanted to combine a realistic style with a loose, expressive one and said watercolors seemed like a natural choice to execute that look. He also likes vintage objects and earlier styles.

Michelle Binegar is the art department chair at PHS. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Concord University with a dual major in Graphic Design/Studio Art in 1995; Art K-12 Teaching Certification 2007. She works in digital art, mixed media and painting.

Her exhibitions include: 2014-Artsbridge in Parkersburg; 2016-Allied Artist of West Virginia Juried Exhibition in Parkersburg; Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, W.Va.; The River Professional Artists Exhibit in Parkersburg; Women of Appalachia in Parkersburg; and Women of Appalachia in Athens.

Kate Esbenshade is employed in the art department at PHS. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Meadows School of Arts at Southern Methodist University; and a Masters of Art and Art Education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

She focuses on painting, printmaking and mixed media. Her exhibitions include: Pollock Gallery at SMU in 2013; Mercedes Benz Financial Services at Dallas, Texas, in 2013-2014; Allied Artist at Parkersburg Art Center in 2016; and The River at Parkersburg Art Center in 2016.

Jonathan Walsh teaches ceramics at PHS. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from West Liberty University from 2003.

His exhibitions include: “CrossCurrents,” juried art show at Stifel Fine Art Center, Wheeling (Honorable Mention); “Dreaming in Clay” a group show at Wheeling Artisan Center; NAA King William Art Show in Virginia (First Place); Solo Show at Windemere Gallery, Mechanicsville, Va.; “You Are Here,” Parkersburg Regional Art Show at Parkersburg Art Center (Honorable Mention); The River at Parkersburg Art Center; “Continuum” Tamarack David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery, Beckley; All Ohio Contemporary Ceremics Competition and Show, Yan Sun Art Museum, Zanesville, Ohio-2016; The Art of Retro, Artsbridge in Parkersburg.

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