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Car club to view Art Association exhibit

Whitewater Valley Arts Association President Sharon McQueen straightens a painting by Cheryl Johnson in advance ofFriday’s open house for the Regional Art Exhibition.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

The exhibits are hung, the judging completed and now artists for the 69 pieces of work in the Regional Art Exhibition await results.

When the results of the anuual Whitewater Valley Arts Association competition are announced Friday evening, guests from around the country will be there to cheer.

The open house is Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the gallery, 402 Central Ave.

Joining the open house will be some of the members of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club who will be in Connersville for a mini-meet Friday-Sunday to see the former Auburn manufacturing facilities in the city.

The group is staying at the Woodridge Inn and will be transported downtown for food and tours, including a stop at the art gallery.

The Regional Exhibition is open to people 18 and older from Fayette and surrounding counties.

“This is more pieces than we’ve ever had before,” said Hector Perez, a WVAA member. “I think we consistently improve on the quality of work and this year is no exception. We get better work from the people who return to the show as well as from notable new entries.”

Exhibitors are divided into two categories, amateur and advanced. Amateurs are those done under class supervision and advanced are those that have had artwork purchased. There are 28 amateur exhibits and 41 in the advanced category.

“We’ve got a number of people exhibiting we’ve never had before,” Sharon McQueen, WVAA president, said.

Lance Crow of the Richmond Art Museum served as the juror for the exhibition. Awards will include best of show and first, second and third in each category. Merit awards and purchase awards may also be announced.

Many pieces of artwork will be for sale.

The works include 3D, fiber, pottery and paintings using pencil, pens, acrylic, oil, watercolor and pastels.

The public is invited to the open house and to view the show during gallery hours through the first week of June, when the Fayette County Bicentennial Tribute opens.