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WesBanco hosting Judy Mattson Reed art exhibit

Photo Provided Artist Judy Mattson Reed with some of her work which will be on display throughout the month at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St. in Parkersburg.

PARKERSBURG — Judy Mattson Reed has been painting as long as she can remember.

The Judy Mattson Reed watercolor exhibit will be on display at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St. during February. 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.

Her first-grade teacher taught them to draw an ice cream cone and she has been drawing and painting ever since. Reed is a graduate of Glenville State College with an Art Education Degree and has a Master’s Degree in Art Education from West Virginia University. She has taught art in several schools and previously was the art teacher at VanDevender Junior High School in Parkersburg.

“I have worked in several different media but always returned to transparent watercolor. I love how the colors have that special glow when they are overlaid in glazes or just painted together in wet washes,” said Reed. Reed is a signature artist at Tamarack and The West Virginia Watercolor Society. She has received numerous awards including Best of Show, Award of Excellence, Merit, Honorable Mention and other awards in West Virginia Watercolor Society exhibits, Morgantown Art Association exhibits, Forest Festival exhibits and many other exhibits. Reed and her friend, Linda Elmer, shared exhibits together at the Parkersburg Art Center, the Chuck Matheny Art Center in Princeton, and Artworks Around Town Art Gallery in Wheeling.

“Color is very exciting and using arbitrary or intuitive color feels more expressive and creative. I use specific color harmonies or combinations to keep a sense of unity. Some of my favorite subjects are landscapes, trees and cows usually found in out of the way places,” Reed said.

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