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New exhibit highlights Roach art at Chase gallery

June 14, 2014

By Stephanie Salmons, Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.

June 14--An exhibit of the works of local artist Enid Roach opens with a reception from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation gallery, on the second floor of the Chase Bank building, 200 E. Third St.

Roach is a painter and an award-winning ceramic artist whose works are regularly featured in regional craft fairs.

According to a release from the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, the paintings present local and regional images of nature and landscapes that are a typical subject matter for Roach, an art teacher in the Owensboro Public School system.

"Roach spent her formative years in Western Kentucky, developing an intense interest in nature and the regional landscape which is reflected in her unique and personal style of representational painting," the announcement reads.

The gallery is a partnership the OMFA created with the Economic Development Corporation "to take the art of local and regional artists into the downtown environment," museum Director Mary Bryan Hood said.

About five years old, the gallery changes exhibitions about every six months, she said.

Pieces are for sale and there are no commissions charged for the artists, said Hood.

Because the economic development offices are "sort of the front door of the community," Hood said the gallery is a "wonderful introduction to the cultural life of Owensboro."

"The art museum has a broad outreach operation not only with educational programs for children, but adults as well, and taking the art beyond the museum walls, so to speak, (and) into the community is helpful."

The exhibition will remain on display through September and many of the paintings are available for pruchase. View the exhibit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Stephanie Salmons


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