Thursday, August 2, 2012

Current exhibit at OU-C features diverse artistic talents of Gough family members

Hanging pieces in the Gough family “Reverberations” art exhibit at OU-C are
(from left) Alan Gough, Joy Olcott Gough, recent OU-C graduate Sue Colley
 and faculty member Ken Breidenbaugh.
The current exhibit at Ohio University-Chillicothe celebrates the diverse artistic talents of the local Gough family. “Reverberations” features the works of parents “Joy” Olcott Gough and Alan Gough, as well as their son Robert Perrin Gough and in memoriam of their daughter, Kathryn Gough Boulger.

The exhibit is on display in the Patricia Scott Gallery in OU-C’s Bennett Hall through Aug. 18 from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A reception will be held in the gallery from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 11. Events are free and open to the public. Robert Gough will be returning for the reception, which will include computer video showings of some of his work.

The exhibit, which helps to celebrate Joy and Alan Gough’s 60th wedding anniversary, is a retrospective show and includes some items that are being exhibited for the first time.

An interesting feature of the show is the range of artistic expression. While all of the Gough family members possess a shared artistic flair, they express their talents in various forms. Media include acrylic, mixed media, charcoal and oil pastel.

For example, Robert’s exhibits are all photos, including some infrared photographs. A graduate of Chillicothe High School, Robert currently resides in Indianapolis and has done work for the Super Bowl and the Indianapolis 500. He also attended Ohio University and was involved with the design of the sound system when Memorial Auditorium was renovated.

As the artists’ statement points out, the Goughs’ show reveals their unique visions and respect for all. Differing in the media, they have worked with OU-C faculty member Ken Breidenbaugh to help select and hang the pieces. Similar to stained glass windows, the superior lighting in the gallery will enable viewers to see many delightful scenes. Many of Alan Gough’s recent oil paintings are featured, as well as son Robert’s photographs. The relationships in subjects are also evident in the retrospective selections of Joy’s plein air watercolors. No one who esteemed Kathryn Gough has recovered from her unexpected death in 2011, when she has more than 50 new art pieces of work. We are grateful to her husband, John Boulger, and friends for loaning the originals for this memorial project, Joy Olcott Gough noted.

Alan Gough remarked in his artist statement, “One of the delights of this entire exhibit experience of seeing so many works of all four family members hanging in the same room is to observe the similarities among the differences. The other wonderful revelation is to see pieces of Kathryn’s and the revealing of aspects of color harmonies and subtle images we had no idea even existed until illuminated by the lights in the Patricia Scott Gallery. That has been a supremely rewarding experience.”

“The significance of this exhibition is hard to overestimate,” Breidenbaugh remarked. “Four family members, working in his or her chosen media, exploring subjects peculiar to four mature individual visions. As a tribute to Kathryn, the event is quite moving.”

Alan Gough’s work has previously been exhibit at OU-C. In the fall of 2009, an exhibit commemorating his 50 years as a local artist was shown in the gallery. Much of his artistic inspiration is found in the ongoing dynamics in this region, which is reflected in his work.

A Gough Fine Arts Scholarship Endowment is being established for Ohio University-Chillicothe first- and second-year students who are preparing to major in the visual arts, art history, music or drama.

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