Community Artists Spotlighted With “Athens on Paper”

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Julie Elman, Fear of Not Finding One's Purpose

The Dairy Barn Arts Center has announced the opening of Athens on Paper, featuring works by 34 local artists of the past and present. 

The exhibit, curated by Martha Laufman and Ohio University Professor Emeritus Gary Pettigrew, opens Friday, May 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and runs through June 11.

Exhibition hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

"The primary objective for the show was to showcase the work done locally on or with paper, whether in the more traditional forms of drawing, printmaking and photography, or in new innovative ways like sculpture, installation, performance, and video," explained Laufman. "Another objective was to give an added perspective to the creativity of our area artists who often embrace another medium outside their more well-known work, in this case paper."

Lyntha Eiler, Framed Woman

For Pettigrew, discovering new works by local residents was one of the best things about curating the exhibit.

"Jurors who come to Athens from out of town always speak of the high quality of the work they see submitted to our exhibitions. I've been here for a very long time, and I've known about that for a very long time. This is a great place to be for artists who want to stay humble," he said.

Pettigrew feels that this show is a microcosm of sorts for art in 2014, with variety, breadth and individualism on display.

"It's just as they said it would be, at the start of the computer age," he said. "As communication expanded and sped up, the availability of knowledge about what people are doing has fueled the growth of individualism. People see, in a world where everything is being done, that what they do is as viable as anything else, and they go for it."

Athens on Paper is one of several exhibitions that the Dairy Barn Arts Center has developed to celebrate its 100th birthday. The Barn, once part of the Athens Asylum, was built in 1914 by the State of Ohio for $10,000.

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Mateo Galvano, Book of Tides

Athens on Paper artists

Joey Behrens
Kenner Bush
Izotta A. Bush (1902-1993)
Rachel Clark
Roberta Donnenwirth
Julie Dummermuth
Haylee Ebersole
Lyntha Eiler
Terry Eiler
Julie Elman
Mateo Galvano
Kari Gunter-Seymour
Karla Hackenmiller
David Hostetler
Abner Jonas
Jeff Kallet
Gary Kirksey
Jacob Koestler
John Kortlander
William Kortlander (1925-2014)
Ron Kroutel
Marilyn Poeppelmeyer
Kathleen Ristinen
Don Roberts
June Carver Roberts
David Russell
John Sabraw
Elise Sanford
Dennis Savage
Cayla Skillin-Brauchle
Anna Tararova
Art Werger
Connie Wolfe
Danielle Wyckoff