POINT PLEASANT — Gallery at 409 is hosting a new show with an opening night reception set for 5:30-9:30 p.m. tonight.
Located on at 409 Main Street below The Lowe Hotel, the gallery will welcome work from two artists Lola E. Barcus Richards and Marilyn Thompson. Both artists will be on hand to meet with visitors.
Thompson, who is from Huntington, utilizes everything from charcoal, to oils, to watercolors and more. She says her work is never one subject or medium. She’s shown that work in Ashland, Ky. and has previously shown at Gallery at 409 which she praised for its support of artists both near and far.
She describes her work as “too eclectic” to fit into any one theme. She got into art shortly after retiring at the age of 62 – she is now 70.
“I found it to be a satisfying and full filling aspect of life,” Thompson said about art and embracing life as an artist. “You don’t have to be a certain age to delve into your innate talent. You have to try before you know. Everyone should give it a try.”
Richards was born and raised in Gallipolis, Ohio and will celebrate her 90th birthday this year. She has pained most of her life and received her degree in fine arts in 1976. Her art is characterized by widely diverse subject matter and her use of bold colors to accentuate the mood of the painting.
Her work is primarily acrylic on canvas and watercolor, but she is accomplished in several other media. She has received awards for excellence in sculpture and prints, including silk screen, wood cuts, linocuts and etching. She is also well-known for her thematic collages of Christmas cards and she has extended this technique into a variety of spiritual and worldly collages. The content of the collage provides detail to support the overall theme, which is conveyed via the placement of images and the overall color scheme. Richards has shown her work at the French Art Colony with work exhibited at the Springfield Art Guild and several office buildings and public venues in Northern Virginia.
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