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Whitewater Artists Guild show opens tonight

Hector Perez and Vicki Vardaman hang Simon L. Clopper’s “Cosmic Turbulence” acrylic painting Wednesday for the Whitewater Artists Guild of Richmond show. It opens tonight at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association, 402 Central Ave.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

When a new art show opens tonight at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association gallery, some familiar names will be included along with some new to the gallery.

Artists from the Whitewater Artists Guild of Richmond will be featured. The show opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. tonight at the WVAA gallery, 402 Central Ave.

The group began in 2003 as a group of artists that meets once a month, said founding member Carol Sexton. The group will have a show every one to two years at Indiana University East or the college’s downtown Richmond studio, Room 912. The artists will also set up at community events.

The group includes photographers, painters, sculptors, graphic designers and stained glass artists, she said.

She does sculptures and has done stone carving for more than 10 years. She started painting a couple years ago and some of those will be in the show.

“As a group, we just try to support each other,” Sexton said. “Sometimes we critique each others work, sometimes we do activities together, sometimes we teach each other and have programs at our meetings to talk about a topic or have a speaker and get together for socializing.”

The guild artists consider themselves to be on the professional level even though many have a full-time job doing other work, she said.

Twelve guild members will exhibit at the show. The exhibit will remain up through the first week of October, when it will be taken down so the Nancy Foureman and Friends show can be hung.

Familiar names in the show are local Arts Association member Hector Perez. Tom Butters participated in the Planes, Trains and Automobiles exhibit in June and also when artists from The Arts Place in Hagerstown exhibited a few years ago. Vicki Vardaman has also exhibited here.

Exhibitors are Simon L. Clopper, acrylics and graphite; Butters, acrylics; Pam Frazier, mixed media; Diane Lebo, ceramics; Marilyn Nobbe, collage; Mark Pearson, photography; Perez, pastels; Palline Plum, photography and sculpture; Sexton, painting; Lawrence Sexton, painting; Dan Sims, stained glass; and Vardaman, collage.

“Each of the artists has their own direction,” Perez pointed out. “We might be a guild but our work is varied.”

Sexton said tonight will be her first time to have works at the local Arts Association although she did visit the old gallery on West 28th Street.

Opening tonight goodies will be catered by Brian’s Bistro and More. Almost all the work on exhibit will be for sale.