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“Crimtopia,” an exhibit by three members of a Clarksburg family, and “Art is Life/Life is Art” by participants in an art class taught by Virginia Killian, opened today at the Parkersburg Art Center. “Calico Morning” is a watercolor by Katherine Crim. (Picture provided)

PARKERSBURG – An exhibit created by three members of a Clarksburg family and an exhibit of works by a special senior art class will debut today at the Parkersburg Art Center.

“Crimtopia” features works of watercolour, photography and computer-generated graphics.

The artists are Katherine Crim, a well-known watercolor artist from West Virginia, her husband, James, a professional photographer, and their son, Mick, who uses the computer as a canvas. Katherine, an art teacher at Robert C. Byrd High School, has won numerous awards for her watercolors.

“Crimtopia” is made possible by exhibition sponsors United Anesthesia Inc.

“Art is life / Life is art” is the title of the other exhibition which presents the creations of the members of two sessions of a special class taught by Virginia Killian. The class was open to art lovers 55 and older and was part of the West Virginia Department of Art, Culture, and History’s program for creative aging.

“Talk to Myself” is by Art is Life class member Jenny Allinder. (Picture provided)

Twenty students participated in the two eight-week sessions of the class and explored a variety of different mediums and artistic styles. According to Art Center Artistic Director Abby Hayhurst, the “Art is life” show 116 samples of their efforts.

“Seeing this exhibition is like tripping and falling into a pinball machine. It’s so exciting to see what these students, many of whom have never tried to make art before, have created,” said Hayhurst. “So much color and joy, I can’t wait for everyone to see it. It’s just impossible to pick a favourite. Virginia is clearly an inspiring teacher.

The opening reception for both exhibits will take place today from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and is free to participating artists, Art Center members, and children under 12. Admission for others is $10 per person.

“This event will feature live music presented by two members of the ‘Art is Life’ class, as well as appetizers from Valley Catering, not to mention more than 200 wonderful works of art in both exhibitions, Jessie Siefert, Executive Director of the Art Center, said. “It will be a feast for all the senses.”

Both exhibits will be on display at the Art Center until July 22 and will be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday. Daily admission to the gallery is $2 free for children under 12.

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