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Ohio University opening gallery to local artists

IRONTON — Local artists are getting a chance to show off their talent in the galleries at Ohio University Southern.

Through August, the Ironton Artists Association will be displaying art and photography in the art gallery in the Dingus Building at OUS.

“We were contacted by OU,” said IAA member Helen Sellers. She said that Art Department Director Tom Suter and Gallery Coordinator Dennis Stewart are working to involve local artists in their on going exhibits.

The “Sizzling Summer Exhibit” is the first of two showcases for the IAA at the OUS campus this year. Their next exhibit, “Art for the Holiday,” will be displayed through December.

The “Sizzling Summer Exhibit” displays more than 40 pieces of artwork and photography from artists all over the Tri-State.

“We have a multitude of really talented artists in our group,” said Sellers of the IAA, which is celebrating its 36th year.

Pati Payne, who is the club is current treasurer, founded the IAA in 1974. She invited anyone that was interested in art, and 40 people joined her for their first meeting.

The IAA holds business meetings on the first Monday of each month at M&M Realty at 703 Park Ave. All professional and non-professional artists are invited to attend.

The IAA will also be hosting the 36th Annual Fall Art Show at Central Christian Church on Oct. 2. The show is open to the public at no cost from noon to 2:30 p.m.

The show is open to artists of all ages, with a $20 registration fee for four pieces of art.

Dennis Stewart of OUS will judge fine art and photographer Michael Atkins will judge photography.

This year’s special category is Ohio Landmarks.

To register or donate purchase award money, call Pati Payne at 533-1516.