By Joseph Pratt
The rainy July days have left outdoor activities slim, but the Portsmouth Public Library (PPL) continues its indoor programming within the cool and comfortable atmosphere of its many branches all over Scioto County. Of its programs, its artistic outlet in the main branch library, known as the Appalachia Regional Talent (ART) Gallery has been going strong and updates with a new featured exhibit each month.
ART recently underwent a change in direction, with the new organizer being Taryn Malone.
Malone has been employed by PPL for three years, all of which were completed at the South Webster location, until her recent transfer to Portsmouth.
“There are so many rewarding aspects of being a library associate, and helping coordinate the ART Gallery is a wonderful example,” Malone said. “It is such a delight to see what new and exciting artworks our participants submit each month. The exhibits are not only dynamic and evolving, but are also interactive—many of our patrons inquire about the exhibit and vote for People’s Choice Award.”
The featured mediums for July 2015 are Pencil/Pen/Charcoal/Pastel and Watercolor.
“What I really enjoy most is viewing the gallery as a whole,” Malone said. “I am intrigued by the relationships and contrasts between the artworks. To think that all of the pieces were created by regional artists, in the same mediums, yet convey such a broad scope and focus, never ceases to amaze me.”
The following awards were given, First Place went to Frances Newman for “Little Church in the Wild Woods;” Second Place went to John V. Euton for “Thinker;” Third Place went to Sue Lonney for “Fighting Rose;” and the People’s Choice Award of June went to Richard Weghorst for “Autumn Day.”
The artwork can also be viewed online at www.yourppl.org. Submission forms can also be completed online, but artwork requires approval through the PPL director. There is also an online ballot on the website for public voting of the People’s Choice Award.
The Portsmouth Public Library is at 1220 Gallia Street, Portsmouth. Their hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reach Joseph Pratt at 740-353-3101, ext. 1932, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.