Two News Exhibits opening today at Art Center

“Crimtopia,” an exhibit by three members of a Clarksburg family, and “Art is Life/Life is Art” by participants in an art class taught by Virginia Killian, open today at the Parkersburg Art Center. “Calico Morning” is a watercolor by Katherine Crim.

PARKERSBURG – An exhibit created by three members of a Clarksburg family and a display of work by a special senior art class will debut today at the Parkersburg Art Center.

“Crimtopia” features work in watercolor, photography and computer-generated graphics.

The artists are Katherine Crim, well-known West Virginia watercolorist, her husband, James, a professional photographer, and their son, Mick, who uses the computer as his canvas. Katherine, an art teacher at Robert C. Byrd High School, has won numerous awards for her watercolor paintings.

“Crimtopia” is made possible by exhibit sponsors United Anesthesia Inc.

“Art is Life/Life is Art” is the title of the other exhibit that features creations by members of two sessions of a special class taught by Virginia Killian. The class was open to art enthusiasts 55 and older and was a part of the West Virginia Department of Art, Culture and History’s program for creative aging.

“Talk to Myself” is by Jenny Allinder, a member of the Art is Life class

Twenty students participated in the two eight-week sessions of the class, and explored a variety of different art mediums and styles. According to Art Center Artistic Director Abby Hayhurst, the “Art is Life” show features 116 samples of their efforts.

“Seeing this exhibit is like tripping and falling into a pinball machine. It is so exciting to see what these students, many of whom have never tried to make art before, have created,” Hayhurst said. “So much color and joy, I can’t wait for everyone to see it. It’s just impossible to pick a favorite. Virginia is clearly an inspirational teacher.”

The opening reception for the two exhibits will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today and is free for participating artists, members of the Art Center and children under 12. Admission for others is $10 per person.

“This event will feature live music presented by two members of the ‘Art is Life’ class, as well as catered hors d’oeuvres from Valley Catering, not to mention over 200 marvelous works of art in the two exhibits,” Art Center Managing Director Jessie Siefert said. “It’s going to be a feast for all the senses.”

The two exhibits will be on display at the Art Center through July 22 and will be open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays. Daily admission to the gallery is $2 with no charge for children under 12.


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