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Gerald Van Sycoc takes first place in art exhibition for ‘The Threshold’

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville Art Association member Gerald Van Scyoc of Steubenville won first place for “The Threshold,” an oil-painting of adult-themed subject-matter, in the Crosscurrents exhibition at the Stifel Fine Art Center in Wheeling.

The juried exhibition, which opened virtually on June 25 and is hosted by Director Michael McKowen, will run as an actual exhibit at the center through Aug. 22 at 1330 National Road, Wheeling.

Van Scyoc teaches art at the Center of Music And Art in Wintersville.

The juror selecting the show was Rhonda J. Smith, a practicing printmaker and retired professor of art from Shepherd University where she continues to teach a few courses as a member of the master faculty. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of North Texas. She has had her work exhibited regionally and nationally.

Smith’s criteria included two major areas — concept (the idea, message, meaning or feelings perpetrated by interaction with the work) and form, which includes skill in execution as well as the broad notion of composition and design.

“I believe, in general, art should engage the eye and the mind,” Smith said. “The best art pulls the viewer toward it because something about it — the size, the color, the subject, something — demands that you step closer or look longer,” Smith noted.

“For me, work that suggests a narrative is the most compelling. Works that allow the viewer to wonder, ponder, or move beyond the obvious are the works I am most drawn toward, to investigate more fully. Artists who demonstrate a facility with the media, whose art is created skillfully seemingly without effort, secure my admiration every time. The most difficult thing in the world is to make something look easy, effortless,” Smith added.

SAA members Gina Judy of Richmond, Savannah Schroll Guz of Weirton and Paula Siebieda of Bellaire also had work featured in the regional exhibition.

Steubenville Gospel Night

to feature variety of artists

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Valley Youth Network, in collaboration with the Historic Fort Steuben, will host Steubenville Gospel Night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the fort.

Bobbyjon Bauman, OVYN president, will offer introductions and closing remarks.

Performing artists include :

Joyful Noise, featuring Dani Carroll and Earl Tuttle; the Ambassadors Mime Team; Amelia Collopy, Edison Junior High; Elisha Fletcher of Steubenville; the Honky Tonk Sweethearts with Laurie Labishak of Brilliant; Blest, Brookes Sisters Trio from Toronto; Steubenville CommUNITY Youth Choir; Ryan and Britni Bradley of Wintersville United Methodist Church; Darrin Lamarr of Steubenville; Faire May, an Irish/Celtic music group from Wheeling; Shari Prichard and Charles Lingerfelt of Crossroads Christian Church, Wintersville; Alexandra Kaine, Steubenville High School; Michael Jett of Mount Zion Baptist Church, Steubenville; and First Lady Charlene Dawkins and Greater Zion Temple of Steubenville

Weir High Class of 1970 says

50-year reunion happening

WEIRTON — The 50-year reunion of Weir High’s Class of 1970 is still on for Aug. 22 at Williams Golf and Country Club.

Classmates are asked to return their reservation forms with payment as soon as possible.

If any classmates did not receive an invitation or have any questions, contact Jack Dumbaugh at (412) 979-8460.

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