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6CuratorsChoiceVernonF.HowellOctober182014-January112015GalleryThreeOpeningreceptionforthisexhibittakesplacefrom530to730p.m.October172014.Admissionisfree.VernonHowellaHunting-tonnativetaughtartfor30years1959-1989oneyearinWebsterSpringsand29yearsatBarboursvilleHighSchool.Afterretiringin1989How-elltransitionedfrombeingabelovedteachertoamuchac-claimedandsoughtafterart-ist.HisworkhasbeenshownacrossthestateofWestVir-giniaandbeyond.Whileteachingartandcoachingbasketballandrearingfourchil-drenwithhiswifeBeverlyhestillfoundtimetomakeart.Tak-inganearlyretirementhowev-erhasallowedHowelltofocusfull-timeonhisartworkandinthepast25yearshehascreatedalargebodyofworkinastyleuniquelyhisown.Howellsworkhasreceivednumerousaccoladesandawardsandin2012theartistwasselectedtoreceivetheprestigiousGovernorsArtsAwardforLifetimeAchievement.ThisexhibitwillfocusmainlyonworkcreatedafterHowellstoppedteachingyetinordertoshowaprogressionofstylethroughouthis55yearsofmakingartanumberofimperativeolderworkswillbeincluded.Howellhasalwaysworkedinavarietyofmediaincludingmetalandwoodreliefsphotographyoilandwatercolorpaintingpenandinkdrawingtransferprintsandstainedglassbutheisbest-knownforhisworksincollageandmixedmedia.Inspirationcomesfromarchitecturegridsmapsmechanicalpartsengineeredstructurespatternandrepetitivedesigns.Theartisthasalwaysbeenkeenlyinterestedinanddrawntosubjectsdepictinghighcontraststudiesinpositiveandnega-tivespaces.Thesecontrastslaterturnedintoshallowreliefsculpturesandshadow-boxlikeconstructionsinwhichtheart-istlayeredphotographsandfoundimagesatoponeanotherseparatedbyglassorMylarsheets.Recentcollageandmixed-mediaworksalsoexperimentwithmultiplelayersandrelief.Theseincrediblydetailedimaginaryinteriorsuseelementsofdesignandcompositiontobecomecleverillusionsofspatialdepth.Humorandvisualpunsbecomemoreapparentthelongeronespendswitheachpiece.ThisisthesixthCuratorsChoiceexhibitionpresentedbytheHuntingtonMuseumofArt.AbrochurewillbeavailableinconjunctionwiththeexhibitfeaturinganessaybyorganizingcuratorJenineCulliganillustratedwithworksbyVernonHowell.ThisexhibitissponsoredbythefollowingFriendsofVernonHowellW.B.BartandDorisAndrewsRotaryClubofBarboursvilleJimandMickeyStClairJulieHowellWaldoandJuniorV.WaldothefollowingFansofVernonHowellAnonymousDr.RobertandJackieAlexanderLouiseR.BaysInMemoryofLeonardH.BaysLoisH.ClokeJoshJenniferJosiahandJonathanCochranLindaConardInMemoryofJimConardGayleCoxPeggyD.CrosbieBobandCarolCummingsInMemoryofJohnandDelphiaCummingsBobandNancyForceLindaW.GilesDonzilR.andNancyE.HallBarbaraHaptonstallVernandMargaretReichenbecherLeslieC.SharpKayandHowardSowardsCarolynTempletonJanetThackerDonaldR.WattsKathyWeeklyCharlotteWilsonLindaLeeZbanandTheIsabelleGwynnandRobertDaineExhititionEdowmentWestVirginiaDivisionofCultureandHistoryandtheNationalEndowmentfortheArtswithapprovalfromtheWestVirginiaCommissionontheArts.ThisistheSponsorlistforthemagazineatthetimeofprinting.Additionalsponsorsmayhavedonatedsincethattime.VernonF.HowellPigeonHoled1978.FirstlayeredcollagePhotographymixedmedia.Courtesyoftheartist.