Thursday, June 19, 2014

Current OU-C Stevenson Center art exhibit features work by Kathryn Gough

“Kathryn’s Quilt Images: Drawings by Kathryn Gough” is currently on exhibit through July 31 in the Stevenson Center art gallery at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

The exhibit features more than a dozen pieces of artwork by Kathryn Gough, who passed away in 2011.

Included are various media, such as oil pastel/acrylic, pastel on paper, charcoal/graphic, oil pastel on paper and pastel/acrylic on paper.

“Kathryn was a Chillicothe resident for most of her life as well as a respected artist state-wide,” said OU-C art faculty member and curator Darren Baker. “Her paintings drew on a wealth of knowledge from Celtic and mystic symbolism to illuminated manuscripts and literature. These selected pieces focus on her interest in literature and theater. From ink to acrylic and gouache, she proved herself a virtuoso in many types of artistic medium. The paintings are seen together with her sketchbooks and journals to give a glimpse into her process.”

Kathryn Gough was born in 1968 to Joy (Olcott) and Alan Gough in Chillicothe. With both parents as artists, she and her older brother Robert grew up in a creative environment. Visits to art museums, galleries and art collectors’ homes were part of their childhood. By the age of three, Kathryn knew she wanted to be an artist and was especially drawn to fine craftsmanship.

While earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts cum laude from Columbus College of Art and Design, Kathryn Gough was invited to exhibit her paintings at the Nicolae Gallerie in Columbus and went to host to solo shows there. During a two-month trip to Ireland in the summer of 1992, Kathryn sketched images of its landscape, architecture and national treasures in her sketchbook. Also making a big impression on her was the connection of the people to the land she encountered, especially in the rural Ireland counties, which inspired her to seek out a “place in the country to live and paint” when she returned.

Kathryn’s paintings celebrate the natural world and the harmony that can be experienced when connecting to it. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows throughout Ohio and beyond. Her work can be found in many private collections through the United States, as well as the public collections of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Southern State Community College and Shawnee State University.

Beyond local shows at the Pump House, she has had several shows in the Nicolae Gallerie, Gallery V and the Keny Galleries in Columbus.

An exhibit featuring the work of the various Gough family members was exhibited at OU-C in August of 2012 in celebration of Joy and Alan’s 60th wedding anniversary. While all of the Gough family members possess a shared artistic flair and ability, they express their talents in various forms.

A reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 28 in the Stevenson Center and will include food and music. Bruce Lombardo will deliver a talk at 1 p.m., and local musician Mark Thacker will perform from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lombardo currently works for Hopewell Cultural national Historical Park in Chillicothe. He is the founder of The Heartland Earthworks Conservatory, which strives to preserve the ancient earthworks of Ohio's mound-building cultures as well as raise citizen awareness and stewardship of these rapidly disappearing sites.

Lombardo has worked in various conservation and education positions throughout the world during his 30-plus year long career. He has a particular enthusiasm for birds, especially their songs. His love of nature has often carried him off to faraway places, and Lombardo has worked in Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Zimbabwe and, most recently, South Africa.

Lombardo began his career in the Ohio State Parks, where he worked as a regional interpretive naturalist and as the park naturalist for Quail Hollow State Park. He then worked for several U.S. National Parks as an interpretive ranger at Assateauge Island, Craters of the Moon and Olympic national parks. As the program director for Wilderness Southeast, an educational non-profit in Savannah, Ga., he guided many groups through such places as the Okefenokee Swamp, the Everglades, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Costa Rican rainforests, the Pantanal and the Amazon.

Lombardo wrote Chew Toy of the Gnats, a book about the wildlife of the American Southeast.

Thacker, a local musician, is well known in the area. He will be performing on the banjo, guitar and harmonica. He recently collaborated with Jeff McDonald on the CD album “Over on Paint Street,” which captures the musical and everyday vibe of southeastern Ohio.

Thacker plays with the well-known “Goosetown Astonishers,” a Dixieland group that has developed a strong following in the region over the years.

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