‘Roots’ exhibit opens Sunday

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center will host an Opening Reception for the “Roots Exhibit: Artists of Pike County, Fine Art 3D” from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday at the Johnson Center for the Arts in downtown Troy. The public is invited and encouraged to come.

The exhibition features three-dimensional pieces from Pike County artists and will be on display through Jan. 4, 2013.

Morgan Drinkard, Johnson Center executive director, said the “Artists of Pike County Fine Art 3D” exhibition is the third in the art center’s “Roots’ series.

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“The first exhibit in the series was the ‘Roots Exhibit: 2D Artists,’” Drinkard said. “Pieces that are 2D have height and width and include paintings and photographs. The second exhibit in the ‘Roots’ series featured the art of Pike County folk artist Jean Lake and woodcarver, Pugh Windham.

“We are excited to bring the 3D art of Pike County artists to the Johnson Center for the third exhibit in this fascinating series. These pieces all have height, width and depth.”

Drinkard said the “Roots” series of exhibitions allows the Johnson Center to display work from local artists.

“We are truly a unique community in that we have so many talented people here,” Drinkard said. “Not many counties would need a whole series of exhibits to showcase their artists.”

The pieces on display are a variety of mediums, including clay, paper, wood, metal and reclaimed materials. Forty pieces of artwork from about 20 local artists are featured in the seven galleries of the Johnson Center.

The exhibit is sponsored by First National Bank and The Little Framery.

Participating artists are Chris Beck, Mary Susan Berry, Drew Black, Walter Black, Mary Ann Casey, Caleb Dawson, Patricia Duke, Russell Everett, Richard Girdner, Ronald Godwin, Doug Hawkins, Chelsea Ray Lea, Dana Lea, Wally Lowery, Robert McNellis, Duane Paxson, Larry Percy, Greg Skaggs and Bethany Welch.

The Johnson Center for the Arts is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free of charge.