Parkersburg native to show work at Art Center

PARKERSBURG – “Building Bridges,” an exhibit of works by artist Janis Archer McCracken, will open Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Parkersburg Art Center.

McCracken, a native of Parkersburg now living in Warren, N.J., will attend the opening.

McCracken’s work is a colorful synthesis of Impressionism and Asian styles, according to Art Center director Abby Hayhurst.

“Janis and her husband, Bill, lived in Paris for a time, and while there, she studied works by the Master Impressionists, such as Claude Monet. This had a huge impact on her painting. Then she spent some time in Asia, and learned the Oriental ink wash techniques, called ‘Sumi-e.’ Both of these influences inform her work, and make for a visually interesting show,” Hayhurst said.

McCracken is a graduate of Kean University, where she earned an honors degree in Interior Design. She was president of Interplan Design Group, specializing in corporate and professional interior design, and retired from that company in 2002 to devote herself full time to painting.

Since then, she has earned numerous awards for her work and has been featured in a number of juried exhibitions.

While much of McCracken’s work reflects life in New York City and in the Orient, there are a number of paintings of Parkersburg scenes.

“It is exciting to see a painting of the Belpre Bridge, for example, rendered in classic Impressionist brush strokes and composed as if it were a Sumi-e piece. It’s fun! Janis has absolutely built visual ‘bridges’ between all the places she’s been and seen,” said Hayhurst.

The opening reception will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. It is open to the public.

Admission is $10 for non-Art Center members, with no charge for members or for children under 12.

The exhibit continues at the Art Center through mid-September. Art Center hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Daily admission is $2 for non-Art Center members, with no charge for children under 12, or for the families of military personnel on active duty.