POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Gallery at 409’s latest show features five different artists, using a variety of mediums and containing 150 pieces.
The opening reception for “5” is 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at the gallery located on Main Street in downtown Point Pleasant. Admission is free and will include live music from C.C. Miller, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and drinks.
“5” is in specific reference to Carmen Schultz and Barbara Abels, who create unique pottery, photographer Jesse Thornton, painter Cheryl Lund, and furniture designer Joseph Elbert. Though the five are unique individuals, for the run of this show, they are a group as well.
“This is the largest collaborative show we’ve ever done,” said Gallery at 409 designer Jim Hobbs.
Hobbs said he wanted to take pieces from each artist and pair them — placing pottery created by Shultz and Abels next to photos by Thornton on top of furniture by Elbert, paired with Lund’s paintings. The possibilities seemed to be endless and every inch of space in the gallery is being utilized. This will not be a show where there is one painting every five feet and a visitor is done taking it in within the first 10 minutes, Hobbs said.
Ruth Finley, owner of the gallery, said the unique thing about the show that connects every artist is their connection to the area, including all of them being from Mason, Gallia and Meigs counties.
“These are all local artists with distinct styles,” Hobbs said, quick to explain this isn’t a typical show of Appalachian artists but an alchemy of them.
Artist Jamie Sloane, who has also shown work at the gallery in the past, was on hand Wednesday evening as the pieces were being placed. Sloane said bringing the elements of five different artists together was an interesting prospect for him as an artist as well.
To Sloane, a gallery is one of the only places on earth where “you can say what you want to say” and the “5” show is saying it with many voices.
“A gallery is the only place we have in the world where you can be free, besides being alone,” Sloane said.
Being alone together is the basic premise behind the show which will include the artists on hand to speak with visitors during the opening reception. In addition to taking in “5,” the gallery will be unveiling its latest Philippe Smit piece, on loan from the Theodore Pitcairn Endowment.
“5” will be on display through November.
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