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‘Seizing the Moment’ showcases local talent in four-day art exhibit

By Staff | Aug 3, 2018

Lily Kessler, left, and Selene Spiker, both of Shepherdstown, check out the art show in the War Memorial Building, which was held on the last weekend of CATF. Photo by Tabitha Johnston.

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Taking advantage of the last weekend of the Contemporary Arts Theater Festival, the “Seizing the Moment” four-day art exhibit drew locals and visitors alike into the War Memorial Building.

The free exhibit, including an artists reception with live music Saturday evening, featured the works of Susan Carney, Isabelle Truchon and Neil Super.

“This particular collection was photographed in Camargue, France,” said Truchon, a Shepherd University contemporary art graduate living in Harpers Ferry.

Truchon travels regularly throughout the world, to photograph animals and nature, which she then reinterprets in a variety of mediums, to create impressionistic paintings. Truchon’s paintings during this exhibit were mostly of wild horses, along with bulls, from Camargue.

“They’re very striking when you see them, because they’re always in a herd. They’re owned by ranchers, but live off the land,” Truchon said, describing the white horses as feral, but gentle.

Super, of Shepherdstown, is a self-taught wood turner who runs the local business “Two Rivers Turning.” “Specializing in wood with historic provenance and/or personal significance,” he was one of two new artists admitted into the Over the Mountain Studio Tour this year, and will be featured at Studio Stop One.

Formerly of Shepherdstown, Shepherd University painting and printmaking graduate Carney showed work during the show reflecting her multiple artistic strengths. Carney’s artwork ranged from monotype printmaking to oil painting, capturing anything from butterflies, to chandeliers, to stalks of corn.