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Barrie Kaufman, who is exhibiting his work at the Parkersburg Art Center through April 23, will present a Gallery Talk and Open Studio program at 5:30 p.m. April 14. (Photo provided)

PARKERSBURG – The Parkersburg Art Center will present a Gallery Talk and Open Studio program on April 14 at the Eighth and Market Street Art Center in downtown Parkersburg.

The program will feature Barrie Kaufman, the art center’s artist-in-residence and exhibiting artist, at 5:30 p.m., with events that are free and open to the public.

Kaufman will present a gallery talk and talk a bit about her creative inspiration and the techniques she uses in glassblowing, pottery, assemblage, printmaking, painting and more. Visitors can check out her Pottery Studio workspace between 2 and 4 p.m. that day and see what she is currently working on.

Kaufman is an award-winning international artist from West Virginia working in print media, painting, glass and ceramics. She has been creating art for 35 years, making personal statements about the environment and social awareness.

Trained as an engraver, she began sculpting in the Czech Republic in 2013 by creating a monumental column in cast glass on global warming. For the past three years, she has exclusively created ceramic sculpture.

Not only does Kaufman exhibit at the art center, but she is also a resident artist for two weeks. This opportunity was made possible through funding from a Living Traditions: Folk Art Project Support grant from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History.

Her residency will end on April 15 or 16, but her exhibition will remain on display in the art center gallery until April 23 and can be seen Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost to visit the gallery is $2 but is free for PAC. members, children and free for every Wednesday.

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