Schultheis exhibit to be featured

Photo provided The Rita V. Schultheis art exhibit will be on display through December at WesBanco, 415 Market St., Parkersburg, during regular business of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PARKERSBURG — The Rita V. Schultheis art exhibit is on display through the month of December at WesBanco, 415 Market St., Parkersburg.

It can be viewed during regular business of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Schultheis is an animal lover and loves to paint animal portraits. The medium she uses to project the likeness of her subject can be either pastel, charcoal, watercolor or acrylic as each of her pieces is a detailed likeness of its subject.

Schultheis developed her artistic talents on her own for over 46 years and has made a business of doing other animal lovers’ pet portraits from their photos. Some of her paintings are hanging in well-known people’s homes and businesses such as a pastel portrait of the actress Doris Day’s dog that is in her California home. There is a portrait of the famous horse, Big Brown that hangs at Three Chimney Farms in Lexington, Ky. Her art has been published in magazines “Over the Back Fence,” “Perfect Horse” and the “Buckeye Artisan.”

Schultheis has won awards in local and national competition and is listed in Who’s Who World Wide as well as Who’s Who of American Women. Her painting, “Historic Scenes Along the Little Muskingum River,” was published in the 1997 summer issue of Ohio’s “Over the Back Fence” magazine and her portrait of John Lyon’s horse, Zip, was published in his “Perfect Horse” magazine.

She was a board member of the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley and sponsored a charitable fundraiser for them called, “Art for the Animal,” with all proceeds donated to help homeless animals in the area. She has done school programs about spaying and neutering pets, volunteered at the shelter to help homeless animals and proper care to keep them healthy and safe in bad weather. She and her husband care for countless dog and cats. She has sponsored trail rides over the years for such causes as the American Cancer Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and The Children’s Miracle Network.

Schultheis is a longtime member of the Washington County Chapter of the Ohio Horseman’s Council Inc. and has been a fund-raising organizer for that group. All proceeds from her fund raising efforts have been used in past years to help other horsemen in the group who have suffered major losses in life through accidents and injuries. The group donated back to local businesses after they suffered losses from flooding, as well as helping to improve and maintain riding trails and campgrounds around the area for all horsemen to use and enjoy.

She is artist and owner of R.V.S. Art and Frames on Putnam Street in Marietta.