Johnson and Baker wanted to create an exhibit showcasing some of the best artists from Portsmouth — with the exception of Clarence Carter, who graciously stepped aside to allow everyone else a chance to shine.
Woodi Ishmael is the only of the featured artists not still living or working in the area. During his life, he painted representative and thought-provoking paintings of Portsmouth. Will Reader, still living and painting in Portsmouth, has done much the same.
Lane Raiser, Shawnee State University associate professor of arts, was awarded the prestigious John Young-Hunter Memorial Award for works of exceptional merit at the Allied Artists of America 94th annual juried exhibition at the historical landmark National Arts Club Gallery in New York City. Raiser has taught at Shawnee State for about 19 years, and hopes to instill in his students his methods and perception of art.
Popular professors Nick Gampp, who creates everything from 3-D multi-media pieces to startling abstracts, and renowned figure painter Todd Reynolds are well-known throughout the region and have been featured in several previous museum exhibitions. While their works are very different, each has proven immensely popular during past shows.
Alan Gough, who has been referred to as a “visual poet of the Ohio landscape,” has been painting scenes of the local countryside for nearly 30 years. A master of light, space, texture and color, Gough’s paintings are described as having a, “quiet, contemplative authority,” by art critics.
Exhibitions and educational programs are made possible through support from the Scioto Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council and the museum’s corporate and individual members.
The museum is located at 825 Gallia St. in Portsmouth. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and is closed on Sunday, Monday and state holidays.
Source: Southern Ohio Museum