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Hometown Collections Exhibit to open at Summit Art Gallery

An example of what visitors to the Summit Art Gallery will see as part of the Hometown Collections display opening on Jan. 28 -- Contributed

WEIRTON — From Jan. 28 through March 10, the Summit Art Gallery at 3539 Main St., Weirton, will present an exhibition of works by six artists.

Hometown Collections features the paintings, illustrations, sports art and photography of West Virginia and Ohio artists, with subjects ranging from natural landscapes to surrealist portraits.

“The Top of West Virginia Arts Council is proud to exhibit the works of this diverse group of local artists,” said Dennis Jones, Top of WV Arts council member and event chair.

Hometown Collections artists include:

— Gretchen Carter is a professional photographer with experience in events, sports and portrait photography.

Carter earned the level of Master Photographer from the Professional Photographers of America in 2017 and has several awards in the field. The exhibit includes her landscape images, in which Carter captures the personality and story of each location.

— Dan Enich serves as the director of career, technical and adult education for the Hancock County School System and is the director of the John D. Rockefeller Career Center.

Because of his love for sports and art, Enich has always enjoyed doing sports art and has done hundreds of footballs, basketballs, soccer balls and baseballs for the community, charity and for booster clubs.

— Alice S. “Sherry” Quinn has lived in Hancock County most of her adult life. She was born in Doddridge County on a farm where she lived until she was 11. There, Quinn spent time learning to work hard, reading, telling stories and creating her own pictures.

Her art teacher at Weirton Junior High, Mrs. Pesta, encouraged her to create. Quinn worked in Weirton and Steubenville as a licensed optician until 2003. She is now finding time to enjoy art.

— Elly Quinn was born in Weirton, and graduated from Weir High in 1979. She has an associates degree in nursing from West Virginia Northern Community College.

Quinn began painting after the untimely death of a close friend, which inspired her first depiction of an angel surfing the clouds. Many of Quinn’s paintings have a deeper meaning than what might be observed at first glance, and acrylics have been her expression of emotions and life experiences.

— Kim Salter is a longtime resident of Weirton and has been drawing since childhood.

Her first drawing class was for children at the-then Jefferson Technical College in Steubenville. Through the years, Salter has studied drawing, oil painting and watercolor.

For Salter, painting is to create, to express oneself and to escape, just for a while in your own corner of the universe.

— Gerald Van Scyoc has studied painting, video, film and graphic design. Van Scyoc worked as a graphic designer for many years and currently works as the art instructor at a musicand art supply store.

He prefers oil painting to provoke strong responses from viewers. Working in a photorealistic and surrealist style, Van Scyoc combines well-known symbols and tropes in new and not-well-known combinations. This, along with the realistic painting style, provides a feeling of familiarity while, at the same time, offsetting that feeling with unconventional and, sometimes, unsettling imagery.

The participating artists will be present during the opening reception on Jan. 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Parking is available behind the building. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit is free and will be open for viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until it closes on March 10.

The Summit Art Gallery is managed by the Top of West Virginia Arts Council, which works under the umbrella of the Top of WV Convention and Visitors Bureau. New exhibitions open at the gallery every two months.

Top of WV CVB represents the interests of its membership and encourages tourism, promotes the arts and increases economic activity and development to further the general welfare and prosperity of Brooke and Hancock counties. It is dedicated to advertising local communities as a destination to the recreation, business meeting and convention markets.

Top of WV CVB is an independent nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors.

For information, visit www.topofwv.com.

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