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Summit gallery fall exhibit features work of four new artists

September 20, 2013
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

WEIRTON - Bright, burning colors explode just across the room from the gentle moods of scenic watercolors to create a scene at the Summit Art Gallery as varied and vibrant as West Virginia's hills of fall foliage.

The work of four artists will be exhibited during the Hancock County Arts Council's fall-winter exhibition from October through January.

The fall-winter exhibition will open with an artists' reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 1 at the arts council's Summit Art Gallery in the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau, 3393 Main St. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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ON DISPLAY – “Guernica, Ohio” by Gerald S. Van Scyoc will be one of the artworks displayed during the Hancock County Arts Council’s fall-winter exhibition opening gala set from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 1 at the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau, 3393 Main St., Weirton. The free exhibition and opening night gala will run through January. - Contributed

Artists participating in the fall-winter exhibition will be:

John Capito of Weirton, whose family Christmas cards have evolved into a form of pop or possibly performance art.

Robert L. Watson Jr. of Weirton, whose dreamy watercolors depict farm, water and landscape scenes.

Jim Watson of Steubenville, whose strives to capture the finest detail with oil and colored pencil.

Gerald S. Van Scyoc of Steubenville, whose large-format oil paintings veer between color-soaked canvas and stark single object studies.

"The gallery is proud and honored to offer works in several mediums by local artists," said Dean Drake, chair of the fall-winter exhibition and reception. "The upcoming Oct. 1 show will be different from anything to date. Dr. John Capito's family has participated in - and is showcased in - his homemade Christmas cards. We're hoping to have a good crowd at the opening reception to support the artists and enjoy their works."

Under the guidance of the HCAC, the installations at Summit Gallery change each quarter, primarily showcasing works from Tri-State Area artists in a variety of mediums. Each new grouping of artist and artworks with be celebrated with an evening artists' reception.

"The summer artists' reception drew more than 150 people," said Danny Greathouse, executive director of the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We are so happy that this gallery is turning into such a draw for our community, along with giving regional artists a chance to display and sell their work."

Beverages for the Oct. 1 reception are being donated by local winemaker Mike Orecchio. Refreshments are being provided by the Top of West Virginia bureau.

The Hancock County Arts Council is currently working on a webpage to continue the promotion of the gallery and region's arts community. Information about Summit Gallery is on Facebook.

The HCAC meets monthly, and those interested in promoting the arts are welcome to attend.

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