Lavana Lemley displays art at downtown Parkersburg WesBanco

Photo Provided The Lavana Lemley art exhibit will be on display at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg, through January. The exhibit may be viewed during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PARKERSBURG — The Lavana Lemley art exhibit will be on display at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg, during the month of January.

The exhibit may be viewed during regular business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lemley began showing and selling her art work professionally about five years. She paints in acrylic and watercolor.

Her sculptures are mixed media from paper mache, clay and recycled material (cardboard, paper, Styrofoam, plastic, etc. – anything on hand that will give her the shape she wants.) Lemley also incorporates dried and sealed branches, mushrooms and roots (rosemary and tomato roots are her favorite to use) from her garden into the sculptures.

“My artwork is inspired by my love of nature and mythology with a little twist to them. I like to create surreal animals and plants fused together and otherworldly creatures. My sculptures take that theme quite literally and have branches and other natural elements infused into them,” said Lemley.

Lemley currently is showing in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History Juried Exhibition until February, at the Art Museum of West Virginia University, Morgantown. She has exhibited at the Tamarack Best of WV Juried Exhibition; a solo show — Strange Things exhibition at the Riverside Artists Gallery in Marietta (she is a member and has on-going displays there); Parkersburg Art Center; AOL X Space in Columbus; and traveling group shows with Keep Wayne Wild and Women of Appalachia.

Lemley was Featured Artist at Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling–Visions and Shadows Exhibition; Featured Artist at The Ice House Gallery in Berkley Springs–Freedom of Expression Exhibition; and a Second Place winner at the Parkersburg Art Center — The River Biennial Juried Exhibition.

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