The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will unveil a new exhibition, Painters as Printmakers, in the North Wing of the West Virginia State Museum in the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston, on Friday, Feb. 23. A special opening reception to meet the artists will be held on Friday, March 2, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. The free exhibition and reception are open to the public. The show will remain on view through April 8.
Two artists will have their works on display: Kathryn Stedham of Buckhannon and Robin McClintock of Hendricks. Visitors can see more than 60 pieces of work in the exhibition.
Stedham is a full-time painter and printmaker who has been an exhibiting artist for more than 10 years and her work can be found in private and corporate collections nationwide. A prolific artist, she completes a painting or several prints a day when she is in her studio. The imagery in her art continues to evolve. One recent series contains images influenced by a trip to Chincoteague Island in 1999. Another series, Forms and Fruition, suggests a more cellular theme, using a warmer, lighter palette to give the shapes more mobility. At this time, Stedham is primarily interested in the transformational and healing aspects of art. Currently, she is involved in a collaborative installation of paintings for an independent film theater. In recent years, Stedham has received both a professional development grant and an artist fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
McClintock, a native of New York, made her living as a printmaking instructor and professional printmaker. In 1986 she began to focus on abstract paintings and works on paper while supporting herself as a general contractor. Since moving to West Virginia, McClintock finds that the space and landscape in her work has melded New York City with West Virginia. Appalachian quilts and baskets have joined old familiar themes, like baseball and music. She has received grants from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, among others. Her paintings and drawings are in corporate and private collections and have been included in group shows. Last year, McClintock had a solo show of works on paper at the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation in Fairmont.
For more information about the Painters as Printmakers exhibition, call (304) 558-0220.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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