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July ART Gallery now on display

July 8, 2014

By Joseph Pratt, The Portsmouth Daily Times, Ohio

July 08--The Portsmouth Public Library's (PPL) Appalachian Regional Talent (ART) Gallery is now showcasing its July exhibition, with artwork pertaining to the realm of the watercolor paint medium being highlighted.

ART is the PPL's main branch visual art outlet, which focuses on a different art medium each month. A wall, which is directly behind the service center, is dedicated to displaying entries, usually ranging from 10 to 20 pieces. The gallery is rotated between different mediums, with cycles of six months, going in order of photography and digital art, watercolor, non-traditional, oil and acrylic, and pencil, charcoal and pastel.

The June showcase of photography held one of the largest collections they've showcased, just at 23 entries. July currently holds one of the lowest, just at four submissions.

"This might be the smallest gallery we've had. Watercolor is always scarce and I'd like to see a better turn out, as far as numbers go, but what we do have is good," librarian and ART Director Samantha Hall said. "Watercolor is beautiful when done, but I feel like a lot of people don't participate in it as much, because it is hard to do. I do appreciate it as an art form, but I just don't think people do it."

First place and second place watercolor submissions both went to John Euton, while third place was awarded to Meghan Shultz. The People's Choice Award for July went to photographer Eric Graf.

ART is wrapping their first whole year with this month's gallery. The third cycle will begin next month with non-traditional submissions being accepted.

"I feel like this second cycle did do better than the first. I think more people are realizing it is here and entering overall," Hall said.

Hall's goal for the next year of ART is to increase community participation and see more people submit work.

The deadline for August submissions is Saturday, July 19. Submissions must be prepared for hanging and cannot exceed 16" by 20". Questions pertaining to the ART Gallery can be answered by Samantha Hall, at the reference desk, 740-354-5688.

The artwork can also be viewed online at Submission forms can also be completed online, but artwork requires approval through the PPL director.

The Portsmouth Public Library is at 1220 Gallia Street, Portsmouth. Their hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Joseph Pratt can be reached at the Portsmouth Daily Times 740-353-3101, EXT 287, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.


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