By Josh Shepherd, News writer
Painted life masks created by fourth and fifth graders in Beth Thompson’s art classes will be shown alongside the works of professional regional artists at the Licking Valley Art Gallery’s Spring Art show on Thursday, May 22.
It has been a bit of a rush to get the student’s masks ready, but Thompson said the display will be impressive.
The annual spring art show will dedicate one room to display the masks that the students have finished, Thompson said.
According to Lenora Kinney, career and job training advisor with the Maysville Community and Technical College, Licking Valley Campus and coordinator of the Licking Valley Campus’ Art Gallery in the Harrison Square Shopping Center, said that over two dozen artists in the region will have their works featured in the spring art show.
Many of them are returning from the annual fall show, but Kinney noted that there will also be some artists displaying their crafts and art for the first time.
Among the participants will be such noted local artists as Herby Moore, his son and former Disney animator Herb Moore, Ottis Tussey, Donald Hill, Jarrod Biddle and Claire Muller.
The art on display will also cover a wide range of mediums and styles. There will be Biddle’s pointillist-style ink portrayals of natural and rural life, Hill’s wood carvings and Muller’s stunning use of paper mosaics.
Sketch art, found object sculpture, handmade jewelry, Appalachian and primitive craft-making will all have their place in the art show. And the vast majority of those pieces will be for sale, Kinney said.
Furthermore, with the addition of the painted masks, people will also be able to glimpse the budding talent in Harrison County’s young people as well.
The spring art show will be held on Thursday, May 22 from 4 - 6 p.m.
However many of the artworks that the show will feature can be viewed almost any time in the art gallery itself.
“During lunch or in the early afternoon, the art gallery is a good place to take a work day break. It is a noteworthy aspect of Harrison County that so many talented local artists are finding inspiration from living and working here,” Kinney said.