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“The Company We Keep” – An Exhibition of Paintings, Prints, Photographs & Turned Wood

By Staff | Jun 10, 2016

The Shepherdstown Community Club (War Memorial Building), 102 E. German St., Shepherdstown, hosts a four day exhibition of new works by artists Susan Carney, Sarah Huntington, Dave Kiser and Neil Super. The exhibit runs Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17. 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, July 16, from 5-9 p.m. with live music and refreshments.

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. Among other venues, her work is displayed at the Bridge Gallery in Shepherdstown, and the Ice House Artist’s Co-op, in Berkeley Springs.

Sarah Huntington, a portrait photographer in the Northern Virginia/ Washington, D.C., area, has been voted in a reader’s poll by Leesburg Today as the “Best Photographer in Loudon County” for 10 consecutive years. A native of South Carolina, Sarah is a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design, in Washington, D.C., and shows and sells her work in her Purcellville studio and at various galleries in the metropolitan area.

Sarah has collaborated with Susan Carney in the past, and the two artists have influenced one another over the years. Her newest work is an amalgam of images both from film and digital files, layered in subtle ways to depict the complexities of what is seen.

Dave Kiser, of Leesburg, Virginia, is a graphic designer and photographer with a background in lithography, silk screening and offset printing, among other disciplines. He has spent years working with other artists (and musicians) helping to develop their work, in particular using computers to do “back end” work on photographs taken by others. After several visits to the 9/11 Memorial in New York, Dave began photographing the reflected images of buildings around Ground Zero, convinced that people are struck by the notion that the surrounding architecture is just as important as the Memorial itself, in the sense that changes over time show how a city and its people can rebuild and grow again.

Neil Super is a self-taught wood turner who 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 especially likes to reveal the hidden natural beauty and unique character inherent in so-called “defects” in a piece of wood. Super, whose work may be found at the Bridge Gallery and the Ice House Artist’s Co-Op, lives and works in Shepherdstown.