…Four Women at ARTSMON
Arts Monongalia will host an exhibit of four West Virginia artists, Jane Cardi, Elaine d’Allessandri, Virginia Killian, and Francoise Stauber, February 3rd through March.
Francoise Debeir Stauber
Francoise Stauber is a self-taught artist. She has always loved to draw but didn’t pursue her interest in art until she came to West Virginia in 1978. Since then, over the years she took many classes locally and with several renown artists.
Peggy Isaack introduced her to the local artistic community. She became part of the Studio Group, the Art group and the Morgantown Art Association where she was fortunate to meet many talented people who inspired and helped her. She also participated in several shows with these groups.
She says “I love to use a variety of media (drawing, watercolor, charcoal, pastel, collages, prints, acrylics) and don't hesitate to mix different media because I like to explore new ways to express my subjects. The work I present today is mostly done in acrylics. My works vary from realism (landscapes, portraits) to abstract and other imaginary work.”
Virginia Cole Killian
Virginia Killian is a multi-media eclectic artist. She has studied art in various classes and workshops at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Cincinnati, and Ohio University. She is a retired first grade teacher and art educator. She exhibits her work primarily in Parkersburg, and Marietta, where she was a founding member of the Riverside Artists Gallery, now in its 22nd year of existence.
She lives in Parkersburg with her husband Jack, a dog “Blue”, and a cat “Scooter.” She says,” Painting and art making are not just hobbies or leisure time activities for me, they are a necessity.”
Elaine enjoys multiple art mediums. She started with clay in the late 70’s and eventually became part of a local art co-op. She couldn’t resist when she was invited to join an oil painting group in 2008. Her style of painting has morphed over the last few years. Currently she is exploring cold wax with oils and painting with a pallet knife and especially enjoys painting abstracts.
Elaine was born in the Bronx but soon became a Jersey Girl. She moved to Morgantown in the late 70’s. She has enjoyed all that West Virginia has to offer. The beautiful vistas and recreational opportunities made it easy to call West Virginia home. She has served on many local and state boards to further the arts in West Virginia.
Jane Sheridan Cardi
Jane Cardi works mainly in oils and watercolors but also experiments with other mediums and techniques. She is not a formally trained artist, but she develops her skills by attending workshops and painting, painting, painting. She says, “I love to try to capture the beauty of natural landscapes, especially the magnificent skyscapes and mountains of West Virginia. I love the challenge.”
Jane exhibits at the Morgantown Art Association, The Garrett County Art Center in Oakland, Md., ETC, a gallery in Wheeling, WV, and the Sarah Gormley Gallery in Columbus, Ohio.
She lives in Morgantown with her husband Vince. She is a retired assistant dean of the College of Education and Human Resources.