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Parkersburg Art Center featuring Pittman

“Urban Archaeology” is one of the pieces featured in “Paintings and Recombinant Drawings: Rebeca Calderon Pittman” at the Parkersburg Art Center. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — A Cincinnati artist will be featured at the Parkersburg Art Center through February and early March.

“Paintings and Recombinant Drawings: Rebeca Calderon Pittman” will begin Friday and remain on exhibit through March 7 at the art center at Eighth and Market streets.

Activities begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday when Pittman will be presenting a Gallery Talk, when she will explain her unusual art process and a little bit about herself. This is free and open to the public.

Following the Gallery Talk, there will be an Opening Reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. The reception is free for art center members and $10 for non-members, payable at the door.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon, Pittman will be offering a workshop called “Making a Recombinant Drawing.” To pre-register for the workshop, visit the link parkersburgartcenter.org/adult-and-teen-classes or call 304-485-3859.

“Don’t let the name intimidate you,” said Jessie Siefert, managing director of the art center. “This is a class that is accessible to anyone, whether they are master artists or just interested in trying out something different.”

“‘Recombinant’ is not a word that one would normally associate with artwork, but is certainly descriptive in this case,” said Abby Hayhurst, Artistic Director for the art center. “This exhibit’s DNA is not guanine or cytosine (speaking metaphorically, of course!) but drawings and paintings that Rebeca recombines to make something very new. The process may involve layers of transparent papers, or layering via computer. As a result, each work is made up of visions that float about gracefully on differing axes and in seemingly different dimensions.”

A native of Guatemala, Pittman’s education has taken her to France, Italy and New York, and to the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design. Her works have been exhibited all over the world

Art center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $2 for non-members but always free for art center members and children ages 12 and under. Wednesdays are free days.

Wayne Towner can be reached at wtowner@newsandsentinel.com

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