Calling artists of all ages and talents

GRAFTON—Author Rudolf Arnheim once wrote that “every great artist gives birth to a new universe, in which the familiar things look the way they have never before looked to anyone.” His quote lends to the notion that the perception of art is just as important as the work itself.

This September, the Taylor County Arts Council will be exploring the way that artists perceive art, along with how it is perceived by those viewing it, with their TCAC Jr.’s debut exhibition “Perception.”

According to Gallery 62 West Curator Beth Keener-Flanery, the very first youth-run gallery exhibition theme was established by a group of young visionaries posing the question, “How do you perceive art?”

“We are asking that individuals please support their goals by submitting artwork to what is sizing up to be an amazing show,” she shared.

The youth’s running the show have defined perception as a way of regarding, understanding or interpreting something or a mental impression, and will be asking artists to create works from their perception of sights, sounds or feelings.

From now until Monday, August 27, the group will be accepting artwork for their exhibit. There is no age limit for entry, no skill level required and all mediums of art are encouraged and accepted.

Works can be submitted during Gallery 62 West’s regular business hours, Fridays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

“Be sure to fill out a submission form when dropping off your artwork,” Keener-Flanery reminded. “Forms will be available at the Gallery and will need to be taped to the back of the pieces.”

On Friday, September 7, beginning at 6:00 p.m. the submitted works will be displayed for all to see, during the launch of the art gallery’s youth gallery, TCAC Jr., located in the Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society’s M&M Bank building, across the street from Gallery 62 West.

“This youth program is made possible by a partnership with the Taylor County Collaborative Family Resource Network, the Taylor County Public Library and the Taylor County Historical and Genealogical Society,” noted Keener-Flanery. “We are so excited for this first exhibition and to see what the future holds for these outstanding teens!”

For more information on TCAC Jr. or about the exhibition “Perception,” please contact Keener-Flanery through a personal message on the Taylor County Art Council’s Facebook page,