Hancock Art Council events increasing draw

WEIRTON – The Hancock County Art Council held its fall quarterly artists’ reception Tuesday at the Summit Gallery at the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 3393 Main St.

Dr. John Capito, Gerald Van Scyoc, Jim Watson and Robert Watson were the featured artists, and Dean Drake was the event chair. It is the group’s third exhibit.

“The point is to bring art into Hancock County,” said Drake. “We want to make people aware of the talent in the area.”

The event has grown each time it’s been held, Drake said.

Visitors Bureau Executive Director Dan Greathouse said the gallery is a potential draw to visitors, who then may visit local businesses.

“This all is the hard work of the arts council,” he said.

The art council changes the gallery installations each quarter, and the group is hoping to soon have an installation including sculpture and pottery. The next installation and artists’ reception will be announced as details become available. The focus is on, but not limited to, artists from the Tri-State Area.

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 artwork with be celebrated with an evening artists’ reception.

Capito of Weirton began creating thematic pop art photography after a family Halloween photo became a Christmas card hit.

Van Scyoc of Steubenville has been painting for nearly 30 years and prefers large-format oil paints. He is a Center of Music and Art instructor.

Jim Watson of Steubenville began focusing on his art following retirement from Weirton Steel Corp. He is a Steubenville Art Association member and Art Institute of Pittsburgh graduate.

Robert Watson of Weirton is inspired by watercolorists John Pike, Tom Lynch, Jeanne Dobie and Charles Reid and prefers painting dilapidated houses and shipyards.

Local winemaker Mike Orecchio donated beverages.