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“Local Color” – An Exhibition Of Paintings, Prints, And Turned Wood

By Staff | Jun 5, 2015

The Shepherdstown Community Club (War Memorial Building, 102 E. German St., Shepherdstown) hosts a four day exhibition of new works by local artists Susan Carney, Rhonda Smith and Neil Super. The exhibit runs Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, Aug. 2. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 5-9 p.m.

Susan Carney’s paintings and unique monotype prints utilize watercolor, spray paint, acrylic paint, varnish and collage in combination with wood, canvas and paper to explore natural themes in complex, layered images that provide symbolic connections between ancestors and the natural world. Carney, who lives and works in Shepherdstown, received her M.F.A. from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and is currently an Artist in Residence at Shepherd University.

Rhonda Smith’s work is a combination of printmaking and collage. She finds inspiration in physical and mental journeys and explorations that connect our lives, and encounters with the art and culture of other peoples is a powerful motivator in her creative process. Smith, a resident of Keedeysville, MD, received her M.F.A. from the University of North Texas, Denton. She is the Chair of the Department of Contemporary Art and Theatre at Shepherd University.

Self-taught wood turner Neil Super uses the downed wood from trees at local historic landmarks to create bowls and other vessels with which he seeks to provide the viewer with both a historical context and a personal connection to the provenance of everyday, useful objects. He likes to reveal the hidden natural beauty and unique character within so-called “defects” in a piece of wood. Super lives and works in Shepherdstown.