PARKERSBURG — An internationally recognized artist will exhibit her work at the Parkersburg Art Center in April.
On April 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., an exhibit opening reception for artist Barrie Kaufman will be held at the art center at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg.
Admission to the opening reception is $10 for the public and free to PAC members and children 12 and under. Hor d’oeuvres and refreshments will be available.
Kaufman is an award-winning, international artist from West Virginia working in print media, painting, glass and ceramics. She has been creating art for 35 years, making personal statements about the environment and social consciousness.
“Stories of the natural world, its beauty and current imbalance inform my work. Living in West Virginia, I am aware of the delicate interplay between our mountains, rivers and forests,” said Kaufman.
Trained as a printmaker, in 2013 she began working in sculpture in The Czech Republic making a monumental cast glass column on global warming. For the last three years she has been exclusively creating ceramic sculpture.
In addition to the exhibit, she is also going to be a resident artist for two weeks in April through funding from a Living Traditions: Folk Art Project Support grant through the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History.
“I visited the PAC and was moved by the expansive ceramics program which included ample handbuilding spaces, glazing facilities with studio made glazes, a pug mill, extruder, large kilns and state of the art purifiers,” Kaufman said.
“During this artistic residency I will continue to develop unique ceramic pieces. A wonderful opportunity to work non-stop for two weeks does not come often. Much can be accomplished,” she said.
The exhibit will remain on display through April 23 and can be viewed Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular entry is $2 for non-members but always free for PAC members and children. Wednesdays are free days for all.
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