Rally Artist 2017

The Great Wellsville Balloon Rally Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Tracy Hetzel as the 2017 Rally Artist.  Tracey was also the 2016 Rally Artist.  Rally Artistas have included Tom O’Grady, Claudia Gildner, Kristy Hall, Sheila Kalkbrenner, and Allie Mattison.  This year’s painting has the Shear Farm as the focal point.


Tracy Hetzel is a 1987 graduate of Wellsville High. She attended art school at Alfred University before moving on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from the University at Buffalo. She has continued her art training by taking several courses at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). Her watercolors consist mostly of fashion illustrations and portraits. Her illustrations have been featured in monthly publications; the New York Coffee Festival; Paris Fashion Week; the United Nations; Times Square; and for America’s Promise, Colon and Alma Powell’s Foundation. She has written and illustrated a children’s book about her hometown called W(Ella’s)ville. Tracy accepts commissions and sells her prints and originals online. She also makes and sells hand-bound journals and is the Creative Director at Graphic Essentials, marketing and design firm in Baltimore, Maryland. Links are available on her blog: LongBlueStraw.com. Tracy currently lives in Baltimore with her husband and their two children. Her parents, Barb and Rich Hetzel still reside in Wellsville. Tracy visits her beloved hometown as often as she can.


This year’s Balloon Rally poster was created to portray the gorgeous rural landscapes of Wellsville and Allegany County.