ART showcases paintings

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By Joseph Pratt

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The main branch of the Portsmouth Public Library (PPL) is showcasing outstanding local artwork that is within the realms of oil and acrylic mediums. The gallery is a part of the library’s monthly art competition, Appalachia Regional Talent (ART), and will run the remainder of October.

“October’s oil and acrylic show demonstrates the broad range of subjects that can exist within a given medium,” ART Coordinator Taryn Malone said. “Whether the focus is a landscape, portrait, animal, or abstract compilation, each piece provides a window into that specific world.”

ART runs a gallery each month, following a themes of oil/acrylic, pencil/pen/charcoal/pastel, photography/digital art, and watercolor/non-traditional. The gallery runs in a cycle and each medium is rotated in and out.

Residents of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia can submit work to the gallery each month. The only requirements are that the contributing artist be at least 12-years of age and the piece be either framed or matted, with an attached wire for hanging. The average submissions per month typically range from five to 10 pieces.

First Place was awarded to Frances Newman for “Windblown,” Second Place was awarded to Sue Lonney for “Waiting,” and Third Place was awarded to Sue Lonney for “Ancient Skyline.”

The People’s Choice Award for September was also awarded, which went to Shirley Martin for “Crazy Quilt Sampler: Jenny’s Silks.”

The library is currently accepting submissions until Tuesday, October 20 for November’s pencil, pen, charcoal, oil, and pastel category. Submission forms can be completed in the library or online, but artwork requires approval through the Portsmouth Public Library director.

The library has also abolished its size restriction, opening submissions to any size artwork, so long as it is framed and ready to hang.

The artwork can also be viewed online at

The Portsmouth Public Library is at 1220 Gallia Street, Portsmouth. 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. To reach someone for more information, visit their website at or by phone at 740-354-5688.

Reach Joseph Pratt at 740-353-3101, EXT 1932, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.

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