GALLIPOLIS — The French Art Colony is featuring the paintings of Jan Haddox in the exhibit, “Personalities of the Ohio River Valley in the 1700s,” on display through June 18.
“Better late than never,” is Haddox’s motto as he began creating his historically inspired works after retiring from being a public school educator and administrator in the West Virginia public school system.
“After retiring, I decided I would combine my interest in history, story telling and what talent I might have as an artist and through my paintings tell the story of the men and women who roamed the western Virginia frontier in the mid to late 1700s,” Haddox said.
The subjects of the paintings were researched by Haddox to ensure historical accuracy in every way, from clothing and accessories to the incidental items seen in the environment and surroundings. Enhancing the historical aspect of the works, each painting is accompanied by a brief, but informative narrative of the featured personality. Various school children enjoyed visiting the gallery exhibit recently and a tour of the show, along with an art activity, led by the artist.
The public is encouraged to attend a free reception for the exhibit at 5:30 p.m. June 2. Haddox will be present to discuss the works, his process and the history behind each subject. Guests attending the reception are encouraged to also enjoy the FAC’s Hot Summer Nights, beginning at 6:30 p.m., with live music by Sam Stephens.
Food by Honey Creek Barbecue and drinks will be available for purchase.
Tickets to attend Hot Summer Nights, happening each Thursday evening, all summer long in the FAC Pavilion, are $5 per person, or free for French Art Colony members. In honor of Haddox’s professional life as an educator, any teacher or school staff member may also attend Hot Summer Nights on June 2 at no charge.
The French Art Colony and its programming are supported by the Ohio Arts Council with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
For more information, call 740-446-3834 or visit www.frenchartcolony.org.