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NEWS & SENTINEL: Three exhibits to open at Parkersburg Art Center (11/21/2016)

Monday, November 21, 2016   (0 Comments)
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NEWS & SENTINEL: Three exhibits to open at Parkersburg Art Center (11/21/2016)

Area photographers, wood-turners and women artists from all over the Appalachian region will debut new exhibits on Sunday at the Parkersburg Art Center.

An opening reception will kick off the exhibits “Take Your Best Shot IV,” “Turn, Turn, Turn” and “Women of Appalachia” from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the art center at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg.

The exhibits will be on display through Dec. 31. The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday. Admission is $10 for non-art center members, with no charge for members or young people under age 12, said art center director Abby Hayhurst.

“Take Your Best Shot IV” features works by 65 area amateur and professional photographers, many members of the Parkersburg Area Photography Club. Kathy Abbott, Art Center docent and spokesperson for the club, said the photographers used a variety of techniques to produce pictures for the exhibit, from traditional methods to newer digital manipulation techniques.

“We also encouraged our members to choose photos that were of local interest,” Abbott said.

The “Turn, Turn, Turn” exhibit is made up of examples of wood-turning. The show was organized by art center participant Henry Aglio.

Hayhurst said wood-turning was an ancient art, likely begun in Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs.

“The techniques our artists have used to produce the pieces for this show are basically the same as when the art was invented. The wood is spun on a lathe and the artist uses a cutting tool of some sort to slowly shape the piece. The work is exacting and finicky, and takes a great deal of patience and skill. I’m impressed as all get out with the pieces that have been submitted,” she said.

The annual “Women of Appalachia Project” is a juried exhibit for women artists in Ohio, West Virginia and throughout the Appalachian Region. This year’s exhibit will open in Parkersburg, then tour galleries in several Ohio venues. Hayhurst said 40 artists had works accepted in all mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, and for the first time, a multi-media installation.

“We are grateful to WesBanco, the sponsor of these exhibits, and hope everyone will come to the opening reception on Sunday and see all this great stuff,” she said, adding many of the artists will be present at the opening reception to answer questions and discuss their work.

Guests at the art center will see some blank spaces around the galleries, which are being reserved for the fourth show that will finish out the year for the center’s exhibit calendar — “Artist-Trees 2016.” According to Hayhurst, this will be the fifteenth year that the center has produced this exhibit, made up of Christmas trees designed to look as if they were trimmed by famous artists.

“Our Trees will debut with the art center’s Holiday Open House on Saturday, Nov. 26,” she said. “We have some wild and crazy Trees in the works, some made here by volunteers and staff, and some by area school classes.”

The Parkersburg Art Center is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, with a daily admission charge of $2, and no charge for children under 12.


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