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IAA exhibit showcases creativity

Example of artwork on display during the annual Ironton Artists Association Art Show.

Just a whim to take up the art of photography is what turned Diana Copeland of Grayson, Ky., into a photographer. Now she is exhibiting her work at a variety of galleries and shows.

This weekend that venue was the Ironton Artists Association’s 38th annual show at Central Christian Church.

“I got a hankering one day to take it up,” Copeland said. “I enjoy the art. I like to show the beauty of God’s work with everybody. Art is peaceful. It is very relaxing.”

Copeland had four photographs in the association’s show that she entered for the first time a few years ago. All three were outdoor scenes.

“I love to travel and when I see something it calls to me, begging to be photographed and displayed,” she said.

Saturday’s show featured oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, photography and children’s work.

“I wish we had had more kids enter this time,” Pati Payne, of the artists association, said. “(Overall) it is pretty typical. There are always a lot of oils and watercolors.”

Show judge Thomas Suter, lead visual arts faculty member at Ohio University Southern, was impressed with the variety of entries this year. This was the second time for Suter to judge the exhibit.

“The acrylics and oils seem to be more, in body of work but also as far as overall aesthetics,” he said.