WEIRTON – From January 28 to March 10, the Summit Art Gallery at 3539 Main St., Weirton, will present an exhibition of works by six artists.
Hometown Collections features the paintings, illustrations, sports art and photography of artists from West Virginia and Ohio, with subjects ranging from natural landscapes to surreal portraits.
“The Top of West Virginia Arts Council is proud to exhibit the works of this diverse group of local artists,” said Dennis Jones, Top of WV Arts board member and event chair.
Hometown Collections artists include:
≤ Gretchen Carter is a professional photographer with experience in event, sports and portrait photography.
Carter earned the Master Photographer level from the Professional Photographers of America in 2017 and has received several awards in the field. The exhibit includes his landscape images, in which Carter captures the personality and history of each location.
≤ Dan Enich is Director of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education for the Hancock County School System and Director of the John D. Rockefeller Career Center.
Due to his love for sports and art, Enich has always enjoyed making sports art and has made hundreds of footballs, basketballs, soccer balls and baseballs for the community, charities and booster clubs.
≤ Alice S. “Sherry” Quinn has lived in Hancock County most of her adult life. She was born in Doddridge County on a farm where she lived until she was 11 years old. There Quinn spent time learning to work hard, to read, to tell stories, and to create her own images.
Her art teacher at Weirton Junior High, Ms. Pesta, encouraged her to create. Quinn worked in Weirton and Steubenville as a licensed optician until 2003. She now finds time to appreciate art.
≤ Elly Quinn was born in Weirton and graduated from Weir High in 1979. She holds an associate degree in nursing from West Virginia Northern Community College.
Quinn began painting after the untimely death of a close friend, which inspired her first depiction of an angel riding clouds. Many of Quinn’s paintings have a deeper meaning than one might observe at first glance, and acrylic has been her expression of emotions and life experiences.
≤ Kim Salter is a longtime resident of Weirton and has been drawing since childhood.
His first drawing class was for children at Jefferson Technical College in Steubenville. Over the years, Salter studied drawing, oil painting and watercolor.
For Salter, painting is creating, expressing yourself and escaping, for a moment in your corner of the universe.
≤ Gerald Van Scyoc studied painting, video, cinema and graphic design. Van Scyoc worked as a graphic designer for many years and currently works as an art teacher at a music and art supply store.
He prefers oil painting to provoke strong reactions from viewers. Working in a photorealistic and surreal style, Van Scyoc combines well-known symbols and tropes in new and little-known combinations. This, coupled with the realistic style of painting, provides a sense of familiarity while offsetting that feeling with unconventional and, at times, unsettling imagery.
Participating artists will be present at the opening on January 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. Parking is available behind the building. Light refreshments will be served.
The exhibition is free and can be visited from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday until it closes on March 10.
The Summit Art Gallery is managed by the Top of West Virginia Arts Council, which works under the aegis of the Top of WV Convention and Visitors Bureau. New exhibitions open at the gallery every two months.
Top of WV CVB represents the interests of its members and encourages tourism, promotes the arts, and increases economic activity and development to promote the general welfare and prosperity of Brooke and Hancock counties. He is dedicated to advertising local communities as a destination in the leisure, business meeting and convention markets.
Top of WV CVB is an independent, not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
For more information, visit www.topofwv.com.