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Paint Morgan County

June 08, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Mary Klotz has been coming to Morgan County for 45 years - since she was 10 years old.

There are certain things that mean Morgan County to her, like clusters of mailboxes - old-fashioned mailboxes, not those big shiny stainless steel boxes with cubby holes in new developments like one where she used to live.

Klotz, 55, of Frederick, Md., likes those mailbox clusters so much she recently finished a painting of the subject. It will be part of "Paint Morgan County," an exhibit she's guest-curating at the Ice House. Eight other works that will be in the exhibit are pictured here.

Klotz publicly invited artists to enter artwork whose subject matter is recognizably Morgan County. The work had to be born of firsthand observation, though it didn't have to be created or painted on site, Klotz said. It could be based on a photograph or historical research.

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The exhibit opened Friday and will run through Sunday, July 6, in the Ice House Special Exhibit Gallery, which is at the corner of Independence and Mercer streets in Berkeley Springs. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 304-258-2300, e-mail info@macicehouse.org or go to www.macicehouse.org.

Ed Symonds of Bunker Hill, W.Va., created this oil on canvas, "Cacapon Brookies." Symonds, 49, said last fall he was walking alongside the Cacapon State Park stream, below the outfall or spillway, when he saw two brook trout sitting in the stream. He remembered the scene for this painting.

Donnie Day Pomeroy made this "Fangel" - half fairy, half angel - "as a way to embrace a mythical world of legend and fantasy while incorporating identifiable components of the person receiving the Fangel," she wrote in an e-mail to The Herald-Mail. Pomeroy, who lives in Martinsburg, W.Va., said she tries to use recycled and found objects as the basis of the Fangel.

Ann C. Darling, 64, who lives near Cacapon State Park, said she's taken many photos of snow - during and after snowfall - on Cacapon Mountain. With this quilt, she wanted to see if she could duplicate her experience of watching the snow falling in the woods, she said in an e-mail to The Herald-Mail.

Glenn T. Perry, of Washington Grove, Md., created this oil on linen, "Purple Haze." This is a view from a favorite spot of his, on private property near Great Cacapon, W.Va., that looks toward his cottage by Cacapon River. Also visible is Tonoloway Ridge and Sideling Hill. Perry is a member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters.

Earle Andrews photographed a large Dart loader sitting on wood blocks in the "boneyard," awaiting dismantling for salvage, when he was working at U.S. Silica Company in the mid-1980s. He thought the image would make a good subject for art and in 2006 pulled the photo out and made it the centerpiece of a watercolor painting. "I did take some artistic liberties by placing it in a flooded field with a nice background," Andrews wrote in an e-mail to The Herald-Mail. Andrews, 54, grew up in Berkeley Springs; he returned to the area recently after living in Texas and Virginia.

Louis Cofone Jr., 61, of Charles Town, W.Va., created this pen-and-ink image of Paw Paw Tunnel, then added watercolor. "I painted the Paw Paw Tunnel because I enjoy painting things with historical relevance and I've always liked the look of landscapes with an architectural structure in them," he wrote in an e-mail to The Herald-Mail.

This watercolor of a strawberry rhubarb pie was inspired by a pie at a family getaway in May, said artist Mary Klotz, of Frederick, Md.

"I have seen the overlook at Prospect Peak for years, and decided to paint it this year," said Sue Parker, 62, of Morgan County. "It is probably one of the most spectacular spots in Morgan County, with the Potomac River receding into the distant mountains past the town of Great Cacapon (an area where, in fact, relatives of mine lived in the early 1900s)."

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