The second Clark County Public Library Open Community Art Show is on display in the library’s community room and it is peachy.
Next time you come to the library, make sure to stop in and see it. Viewing art’s a cool way to spend a hot June day.
The response by local artists has been so good that we’ve decided to keep accepting works through the middle of July.
We’re going to try to fill up all the community room wall space with art. So, if you have something you would like to show or know someone who does art, please contact me at the library about adding a piece to the display at 744-5661, ext. 110.
This show is open to any age artist. At the moment we have works by artists 17-70 years of age, and in July we are going to add all the work from an art camp that will be held at Hannah McClure Elementary School. This will truly be a show for art lovers of all ages.
There are works by well-known Winchester artists. Anna Laura Codell has loaned us a gorgeous impressionist piece called “Art in Bloom,” which contains a sky so real and vivid you’ll believe its hues shift and gleam. Sue White shows a brooding landscape and a dog portrait so charming you’ll wish it could jump off the wall and follow you home.
Bill Berryman continues to explore the textures and lines of buildings, wood, wool, glass and light. If it’s particularly warm outside the day you come to see the show, stand in front of Bill’s color snowscape called “Winter Evening at Three Toads Farm.” You’ll feel the chill in the evening air.
Chuck Witt has loaned us a keen optical illusion photograph called “4 Seasons at Iroquois Hunt Club” that changes seasons as you walk back and forth in front of it.
This year the Open also has works by unknown and young Clark County artists. Ashley Vanlandingham has a photo portrait of a terrier at a window that demonstrates the cubist idea of showing all sides of a figure at once.
Caleb Diederich’s “Whispering Freaks” is a stunning depiction of voices and ghosts that harry our decisions.
Madeline Barret adds long ironic titles to spare, meticulously designed and executed woodcuts and sketches that make us think about our place in and impacts upon nature.
Like Westerns? Robert M. Jones has chuck wagon and Texas Ranger paintings inspired by his visits to the Old West Museum in Wyoming. Or, if you like village seaside themes, Millie Ray is showing three paintings that you will want to walk right into.
Other artists who have works on display are Sheila Jones, Russell and Patti Hunt (Russell Hunt is a well-know painter of local landscapes and historic sites who will have his own show at the library from the end of August, local history week, through September), Marie Quick, Rose Swope, Jerushah Nickell, Betty Pleasant, Wanda Littrell, Oliver Barrett, Leon Lacy, Adra Fisher and Ken Howard. The works are so enjoyable and so diverse that everyone will have a different favorite.
The library thanks all the artists for allowing us to show their work.
Remember, if you’d still like to participate, contact me about entering. It is part of the library’s mission to encourage, display and promote local talent, and from what we’ve seen so far this summer there is a wealth of artistic talent in Clark County and the surrounding region.
At the library you can read and hear about local history, and you can see it displayed right before your eyes.