GRAFTON— A new month means a new exhibit at Gallery 62 West, thanks to the Taylor County Arts Council (TCAC).
According to TCAC member Vicki Aucremanne, the gallery is proud to present June’s show, “Pottery as Prologue”.
The display features the work of two Grafton locals, and TCAC volunteers, BJ Lyons and Lisa Vincent Stout.
“Lyons is a TCAC volunteer extraordinaire,” voiced Aucremanne. “While serving on our Board of Directors, he helps guide the work of the gallery by sharing his analytic and mathematics skills. And as one of our pottery instructors, BJ shares his artistic skills and love of working with clay by guiding his students through the process of creating.”
Lyons is a professional Software Engineer by day, who also possesses a passion for pottery and fiber arts. He is well-known for his work at the pottery wheel, creating a variety of not only pottery, but other fired and glazed projects, as well.
In addition to his pottery, he fashions amazing hand built works of art.
His love of heart began many years ago when Lyons worked as a costumed interpreter at Prickett’s Fort; this would be where he developed a love for traditional art and craft techniques.
Lyons graduated with honors from West Virginia University, with a degree in Computer Science and achieved the Outstanding Senior award for his work earning a minor in Native American Studies.
Stout is also a Taylor County native, who was introduced to clay by her cousin, and local artist, Lorna Vincent.
She shared that she has fond memories of her childhood, where she was often invited to "play with the mud" in Lorna's studio.
According to Stout, the enjoyment that was fostered in her childhood has led to the feeling of joy when she has clay between her hands, forming pottery on the wheel into bowls and vessels that she uses to serve food to friends and family.
She also enjoys making hand built items; in particular, she likes creating dragonflies, hummingbirds and flowers.
Stout’s passion for creating has been fed through her relationship with Gallery 62 West when she attended a show featuring her cousin’s works.
Later, Stout found herself taking classes at the gallery taught by Diane Heaney.
“One of Lisa's great pleasures is seeing her art being used and displayed by the folks she has gifted the works to,” noted Aucremanne.
The exhibit opens to the public on Friday, June 4 and may be viewed on that day from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and once again during First Friday activities, where the show will open officially with a reception for the artists at 6:00 p.m.
“So while you are taking in all the activities on First Friday, stop at the Gallery 62 West to see the amazing work of BJ Lyons and Lisa Stout,” Aucremanne encouraged. “We hope to see you then! Stop by, be prepared to spend some time viewing this show, talking to the artists and enjoying it all! Many of the works will be for sale, as well.”