OHIO VALLEY — “Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.”
This quote from Pablo Picasso is one of many the iconic Spanish artist left behind as a way to help express the importance of artwork in everyday life, and such artwork is again on display at the French Art Colony (FAC) in their current exhibit titled “Main Street, Past and Present.”
Featuring work from the Main Street Studio in Hurricane, W.Va., this exhibit displays several pieces from the studio’s artists, with work presented by a variety of painters, printmakers, photographers, craftspersons, sculptors, fiber artists, calligraphers, and furniture makers and restorers.
Main Street Studio has been in operation since 1996 and includes five in-house members and several other artists who contribute their work to their exhibitions. The five members of Main Street Studio are Terry Quentrill, Wes Quentrill, Mary Grassell, Kelly Mangus and Steven Durrenberger. Other participants include Robby Poore, Emily Roles, Betty McMullen, Jerre Watkins, Barbara Marsh Wilson, Jan Burford, Linda Stone, Ida York and Bruce Haley.
Main Street Studio members further explain their work and this exhibition through their collective artistic statement, which includes the following passages:
Main Street Studio exists for the community. We believe that the community of Hurricane benefits from our presence on Main Street. We offer a variety of art forms and continue to strive to be better in our own art forms. We readily invite the community in to look at our gallery, watch us work, ask questions.
The statement continues and says:
We believe our exhibition demonstrates these traits. Now we would like to share it with another community to further demonstrate the universality of or work and to spread the word about valid art existing in the small communities of the nation.
The exhibit opened earlier this month and continues until March 3. FAC gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.
For more on the FAC, visit www.frenchartcolony.org.