Wheeling Heritage presents Rosalie Haizlett watercolor exhibit

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Lichens appear abstract in a watercolor study by Rosalie Haizlett. Photo courtesy .

On May 9, Wheeling Heritage will host an opening reception for “Learning to See,” an exhibit featuring the works of artist , whose watercolor paintings focus on various aspects of nature.

This exhibit features pieces she has painted throughout the last year, including plants and wildlife from the Kanawha County in West Virginia the Great Smoky Mountains, and the country of Jordan, she said.

A buckeye bud comes into focus.

“These pieces document the period of my life where I came to fully understand that there is wonder and mystery in even the tiniest, most overlooked aspects of nature,” Haizlett said. “And the more time we take to study and appreciate these wonders, the more gratitude we will cultivate within ourselves.”

A West Virginia illustrator with a focus on the natural world, Haizlett was awarded the 2016-2017 Tamarack Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Fellowship alongside Fairmont ceramicist Hannah Lenhart.

The two fellows traveled around West Virginia to learn from the various established artists around the state during their fellowship.

Currently, Rosalie is the 2019 resident artist at Lamplight Gallery in Thomas, West Virginia. She is also completing a 6- month visual storytelling internship on American Ginseng in Appalachia with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

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The Artisan Center gallery is open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibit will run through May 30 on the third floor gallery in the at 1400 Main Street. The reception is scheduled May 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the artisan center.

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