Several WVU Division of Art faculty members will participate in Art Tour 2002, a self-guided tour and open house of Morgantown-area art galleries, artist studios and special exhibitions. The tour will take place Friday, Nov. 8, from 59 p.m.

The Mesaros Gallery at the WVUCreativeArtsCenter will also be open for the tour, featuring the first exhibition of the academic year,”Michael Paxton: from Enoch to Strange Creek. 

Faculty members Robert Bridges, Paul Krainak, Sergio Soave, and Naijun Zhang will host exhibitions of their recent work in their studios located at 300 Court Street, off Spruce Street in downtown Morgantown. The artists work in painting, drawing, printmaking and digital works. They invite the public to see their new works and to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for their creative research.

In addition, Art Professor Victoria Fergus will be displaying examples of her fiber art at The Gallery in the SenecaCenter.

Art Tour 2002, organized by Arts Monongahela, is a free event featuring more than 75 visual artists at 19 venues. There will be hors doeuvres, refreshments, and musical entertainment at several of the locations.

Last years Art Tour was limited to galleries and studios, but this year the tour has been expanded to include businesses that will be hosting special art exhibits during the evening of Nov. 8. Also new this year is a silent art auction.

Funds raised by the auction will go toward the costs of the tour and to Arts Monongahela, the tour coordinator and nonprofit arts council for the area, to help ensure that events like these continue in the future. A variety of items will be auctioned to the highest bidders, including hand-blown glass, signed and numbered prints, and framed and matted photographs. Other items include a six-foot wooden Italian lyre studio easel, donated by Barrys Office Service, season tickets to the Morgantown Theatre Company, and a year-long pass to 123 Pleasant St. The grand item is a four-day weekend at a five-bedroom cottage house on PeleeIsland in Lake Erie, donated by Partners in Womens Health, Dr. Tom Harman and Patsy Harman.

The auction items will be available for preview Thursday, Nov. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the SenecaCenter. The items will then be placed at each of the donor locations for bidding during the tour. Bidders will simply write down their phone number and bid price on the bid sheet next to the item. Bids will also be accepted by phone until 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, by calling (304) 291-6720.

Programs containing a map that lists the featured artists and auction items will be available at each of the participating venues on the day of the tour. Participants visit the venues on their own. However, trolleys and buses will make continuous loops among the venues throughout the evening, as an optional mode of transportation. The”ride all evening”rate for the trolleys is $1.

For more information about Art Tour 2002 and participating venues, contact Arts Monongahela at (304) 291-6720 or at .

In addition, anyone who cannot participate in the Art Tour 2002 may arrange for a private viewing by contacting the artists through the WVU Division of Art at (304) 293-4842 ext. 3138.



Robert Bridges is curator of the WVU Art Collection and teaches museum studies and curatorial practices classes in the Division of Art. His paintings, drawings and prints are widely exhibited and he is represented by RoyBoydGallery in Chicago.

Paul Krainak is a Professor of Painting and the area coordinator. His paintings are also exhibited nationally and internationally. He is represented by Fassbender-Simmons Gallery in Chicago and is preparing a solo exhibition for the Museum in the Community in Hurricane, W.Va.  Pictured left: Untitled. Acrylic on canvas by Paul Krainak.

Sergio Soave currently serves as the chair of the Division of Art and professor. His computer works, lithographs, etchings and silkscreen prints have been included in numerous international exhibitions. His work is in the books Printmaking: A Primary Form of Expression and Contemporary American Printmaking. His work represented by the Art Gallery of Windsor in Canada.  Pictured left: Untitled-Jumping Jacks. Oil on canvas by Sergio Soave.

Naijun Zhang is an instructor in painting and drawing in the WVU Division of Art and a native of China. Zhangs oil paintings have been exhibited widely in the region, especially in the Charleston area. His work is represented by Callen McJunken Fine Art. Pictured left: oil on canvas by Naijun Zhang.

Victoria Fergus is associate professor of art education in the WVU Division of Art and has had her work featured in many exhibitions and regional art fairs.