Carnegie Hall hosts a pop-up exhibition of local artists in the Auditorium Lobby Gallery.
The exhibition runs through July and features artwork by Margy Green, Karen Lee McClung, Shoshanna Schwimmer and Patricia Stine. The lobby gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Margy Green, originally from Greenbrier County, creates scenes of worlds or realms inspired by her dreams, love and appreciation for nature, nuanced by her myriad of life experiences. While most of the works are in acrylic on canvas, other areas of expertise and execution include pencil, charcoal, and oil pastel drawings, as well as watercolors, gouache and oil. Green’s work has been exhibited in galleries across Southern California and can be found in many private and corporate collections. Always in search of learning and creative development, she does custom work including custom paintings, illustrations, landscapes, portraits, property portraits, canvas murals and logos.
Karen Lee Coleman McClung was born in Lewisburg and has lived there most of her life. She is a graduate of Greenbrier College for Women, Miami, Ohio, and West Virginia University. Painting for McClung began with crayons and coloring books and continued throughout his career. She developed her techniques from watercolor workshops led by renowned artists such as Jeanne Brenneman, Rose Dobbins, Sharon Johnson, Sterling Edwards, Joe Fettingis, Jean Haines and Robin Poteen.
Shoshanna Schwimmer’s work and life is dedicated to the celebration of beauty. She works in various media. She chooses a color scheme, then adds fabric, ribbons, beads, and even costume jewelry. From there, she shrinks, less is more, and adds more detail. Nature and the joy of colors are his inspirations. His Heart Space chapbook, which includes art and writing, can be found at the A New Chapter bookstore in downtown Lewisburg.
Patricia Stine left Pennsylvania for West Virginia in December 2014 in search of a “wild and wonderful” place to retire and call her home. His love of nature and color influenced his desire to pursue art. She began taking watercolor lessons with local West Virginia artist Jeanne Brenneman in December 2016. She is an iconic member of the WV Watercolor Society, member of Greenbrier Artists, and member of the Art Guild of Pocahontas County. His paintings have won numerous awards in local competitions, and his painting “Gotcha” won the “Best of Show” award in the 2021 West Virginia Watercolor Society National Jury Exhibition.
All works of art are for sale and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Carnegie Hall. For more information, please visit carnegiehallwv.org, call (304) 645-7917 or stop by the Hall at 611 Church St., Lewisburg, WV.
The 2021 Carnegie Hall season programs are presented with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with the approval of the Commission of the Arts of West Virginia.