Elmer art on display at Parkersburg WesBanco

The Linda Elmer art exhibit is on display at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg, during regular business hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through August. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Linda Elmer art exhibit is on display through the month of August at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg.

The exhibit can 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.

Elmer has been painting for more than 41 years, predominantly in watercolors, acrylics, and ink. She has won two Best of Shows Awards including the Mountain State Forest Festival, and is in the permanent collections of Bethany College, Shepherd University and Davis Trust.

Elmer’s artwork has been in exhibitions in Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, numerous juried exhibitions in West Virginia, and a Tamarack artist.

Her formal training has all been about her love of art.

She has a bachelor’s of arts and journalism education degree from Fairmont State University and a master’s of arts degree with an emphasis in painting from West Virginia University plus 45 graduate hours beyond master’s.

“I have always been interested in manipulating water-based media and bounce back and forth between watercolors and acrylics,” she said. “The watercolors, of course, present the greatest challenge due to their transparent qualities (no room for errors). But I also embrace that watercolors can be pushed into opaque situations. Acrylics were my answer to not using oil paints in my house,” said Elmer, adding she is able to manipulate the paints by layering and smudging them as well as glaze with them.

Elmer’s subjects often include the streets of New York City.

“I love the challenge of depicting its congestion and busyness of lights, shapes and moving people. I want to show the narrative quality of people in a particular moment in time. The viewer then speculates as to what is happening,” said Elmer.