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Invitation to Bid “Markay Sidewalk Star Installation”

To Whom It May Concern:

Southern Hills Arts Council/Markay Cultural Arts Center will be accepting bid proposals for the referenced “Markay Sidewalk Star Installation.” Bids must be received by no later than 04/25/2017 at 4:00 PM. Bids received after this date and/or time will not be accepted and will be returned unopened to the sender.

The purpose of this project is to install bronze stars and make repairs to drainage and sidewalk.

Key components of this project include:

  1. Remove the existing concrete slab that extends from the front of the Markay Cultural Arts Center.
  2. Install concrete reinforcing mesh.
  3. Compact existing sub-grade.
  4. Install new storm leader and connect the existing downspout to whatever is necessary to direct the water away from the building.
  5. Install concrete reinforcing mesh
  6. Installation of the 12 Bronze Stars (24″ x 24″ each). Each Star is threaded for attachment to stainless steel anchors.
  7. Pour new 4,500 psi with air concrete to align to the existing entrances and provide positive slope away from the building.
  8. Work must be started and completed in the month of May, 2017, and scheduled around events held at the venue.

If you are interested in submitting a bid, it should be delivered to the name and address listed below in a sealed envelope labeled as follows:

Southern Hills Arts Council/Markay

Bid Submission Attn: Jennifer Hughes

271 E.Main St.

Jackson, Ohio 45640

To receive the full bid package, interested bidders MUST schedule a site visit by contacting Mrs. Jennifer Hughes at 740-286-6355. Visits will be scheduled between 04/17/2017 and 04/25/2017 at The Markay Cultural Arts Center, 269 East Main Street, Ohio 45640.

Bids must be must be typed or printed and then signed in ink.

All bids received by the deadline date and time shall be reviewed by Jennifer Hughes. All bids must include all requested work items, conform to the Project Standards/Specifications and be responsive, accurate, and cost reasonable. SHAC/Markay will select the contractor to perform all construction work required and the contract will be executed between SHAC/Markay and the winning contractor.

You are reminded to bid only on those items designated. In the event the owner should request additional work or deletion of any work from the write-up while you are inspecting the property, or should you feel additional work is required, list those items with costs on a separate piece of paper or letterhead stationery. All additional items will be considered separately from the base bid and consideration of any changes will be negotiated with the owner after the bid opening. A refundable secured bid bond in the amount of $25,000 will be required to obtain a full bid package during the scheduled visit. Upon the satisfactory return of the full bid package, in good condition, and no later than 04/25/17, will be refunded within 30 day(s) after return of the full bid package.

Southern Hills Arts Council/Markay has the right to reject any and all bids at their sole discretion. Should you have any questions or concerns about any of the items on the work write-up, please contact Jennifer Hughes for clarification prior to bidding. You are reminded that your bid should be inclusive of all taxes, fees and permits.

Upon selection of the winning contractor, SHAC/Markay will send a Bid Award Notice to the selected contractor. The Bid Award Notice will advise the selected contractor of the date, time and location of the pre-construction conference that must take place before any work can begin. Upon satisfactory completion of the pre-construction conference, SHACl/Markay will issue a “Notice to Proceed,” which must be executed by the selected contractor as well.

Artist Emalea Rupe’s work to be on display at the Markay Gallery

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Emalea Rupe

Emalea Rupe’s works of art will be on display at the Markay Cultural Arts Center beginning Friday, April 21.
Rupe explains that art begins with a thought, an image in the mind, as well as our perception of the world around us. “Being a quiet person, interaction with others has never come easy. This exhibit is in part a creative view of what it feels like to be me, as I share ideas through painting, photography, and ceramics,” the artist added about her show.
“Every aspect of our personality makes us who we are, whether it be a part of ourselves we share with the world or struggles we carry within. For some, outward interactions come easy, for others it does not. You re-think and over-think everything,” Rupe said. “With eyes closed you may become disconnected and somewhat invisible as others look your way but never really see,” she added.
From Apple Grove, West Virginia, Rupe completed her Associates degree in Fine Art in 2013 and a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, with a minor in Photography from the University of Rio Grande in 2016. She was introduced to art at a young age and decided to make it a career. She enjoys working on commission portraits and is currently taking on larger projects for local businesses in Rio Grande.

Her works have been displayed in various shows, including several student shows at the Greer Museum at URG, French Art Colony, the Markay Cultural Arts Center Gallery, 409 Gallery, Point Pleasant River Museum, Marshall University, Huntington Museum of Art, Southern Ohio ceramic_erupe2Museum and the Parkersburg Arts Center. She has also been involved in three Provost’s Academic Excellence Initiative projects and did a collaborated painting of the Welsh mural in Rio Grande, as well as a mural in Rio Grande Memorial Park. Recently, her drawing of Ann Griffiths was added to a poster displayed at a Baptist Church in South Wales.

Meet Emalea Rupe on Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m. during the opening reception where she will discuss her inspiration and art practices. The opening reception is free and open to the community. Her work will remain on display until May 28.
The Markay Cultural Arts Center is located at 269 E. Main Street, Jackson. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Markay Cultural Arts Center is a project of the Southern Hills Arts Council, a non-profit organization whose mission is to be a vehicle for the community to experience the arts.photography_erupe1
For more on the Markay Cultural Arts Center visit www.markayjackson.org.

Annual Flower Sale Fundraiser is underway

Dahilas, mixedThe Southern Hills Arts Council (SHAC) Annual Flower Sale Fundraiser is underway!
As you plan your gardens this year, or are looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, please remember to support SHAC by purchasing your hanging baskets and bedding plants through them.  SHAC has partnered again with Marvin’s Gardens of Jackson to provide an excellent selection of beautiful foliage to fill your landscape.

SHAC’s Flower Sale committee member, Cortney Leach and Director of Operations Jennifer Hughes visited Marvin’s Gardens and with the help and advice of the Marvin’s Gardens team chose wonderful varieties of hanging baskets and potted plants. “I am so excited to see all the wonderful flowers once fully grown! The colors and varieties are just breathtaking,” Leach commented.

The Flower Sale was debuted at the Jackson Spring Showcase with order forms being mailed the next week.  SHAC’s Flower Sale allows you to pre-order from a selection of ten different hanging basket varieties in a twelve inch basket, a selection of ten different hanging basket varieties in a ten inch basket, including Boston Ferns and Bridal Veil; as well as flats of bedding plants such as Geraniums, Dahlias, Zinnias, Petunias, Vinca, Begonias, and much, much more.

Those wishing to order can do so by visiting the Markay Cultural Arts Center located at 269-271 E. Main Street, Jackson Ohio or by visiting http://southernhillsartscouncil.com/annual-events/annual-flower-sale/.
If you didn’t receive an order form through the mail Jennifer Hughes says not to worry. You can pick up the catalog and order form at the Markay.

Orders are to be placed by Thursday, April 20 and picked up on Saturday, May 6 from noon to 2 p.m. at the home of Scott and Kayla Massie, 125 Gay Street, Jackson.  Orders over $75 and within Jackson County, Ohio qualify for free delivery!

Orders can be sent to Southern Hills Arts Council at PO Box 149, Jackson, Ohio 45640. Payment can be sent with the order by check or you can call us at 740-286-6355 to place an order over the phone and pay with a credit card.

The Southern Hills Arts Council is an organization that works to enhance the quality life in the region by encouraging and stimulating the practice and appreciation of the arts. Supporting this fundraiser enables SHAC to continue to grow.

If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Hughes, at jhughes@markayjackson.org, or call 740-286-6355.

SHAC thanks you in advance for your support.

‘Bare Wings” exhibit to be on display at the Markay

Artist Karisa DeLay will have her ‘Bare Wings’ exhibit on display at The Markay Cultural Arts Center in Jackson from March 31-April 17.

The artist explains that the ‘Bare Wings’ experience will be pieces of art that draw close to the artist’s passion for spiritual world and the emotions of the Angels surrounding us.

"Exhausted Freedom", pictured, expresses the burdens we put on our Angels as we tug back and forth screaming "America".  The Angels that watch over us do so without prejudice, or judgment. This painting shows the emotional drain we put our guardian angels through during this rough road we have in America. 
The upcoming show for Karisa DeLay will be called 'Bare Wings' featuring the emotions of angels.

“Exhausted Freedom”, pictured, expresses the burdens we put on our Angels as we tug back and forth screaming “America”. The Angels that watch over us do so without prejudice, or judgment. This painting shows the emotional drain we put our guardian angels through during this rough road we have in America. 
The upcoming show for Karisa DeLay will be called ‘Bare Wings’ featuring the emotions of angels.

DeLay is a full time wife and mother of four daughters, a salon owner/operator at The LOCAL Salon & Spa, a published author with two novels, occasional blogger at www.karisadelay.com , and the owner of The LOCAL Gallery in downtown Jackson, where she helps other local artists sell their art through the gallery and online.

Karisa finds inspiration through those nearest to her and by the talents God has given her to share with those around her.

Meet the artist on Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. where she will discuss her work and the inspiration behind the pieces.

“Bare Wings” will be on exhibit from March 31 until April 17 in the Markay Gallery. There is not cost to view the exhibit.

The gallery is open Wednesday to Friday noon to 5 p.m. and on weekends 1 to 3 p.m. It is also open during performances in the theatre. Viewings by appointments are also available by calling 740-286-6355. There is no charge to view the exhibit.

The Markay Cultural Arts Center is under the operation of the Southern Hills Arts Council, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, whose mission is to be a vehicle for experiencing the arts.
For more visit www.southernhillsartscouncil.org or www.markayjackson.org.

Veterans asked to participate in Art Show

The Southern Hills Arts Council is inviting Jackson County Veterans to submit their art for exhibition in the Markay Cultural Arts Center’s Gallery from October
27 to
November 12, 2017.
The art will be the featured art on exhibition in the Veterans Art Show from October 27 to Nov. 12, 2017, at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, 269 E. Main St., Jackson.
All artwork must be no larger than 36 inches x 36 inches, including the frame, and can weight no more than 15 lbs. The art must be ready to hang upon arrival. The artwork should be original in design, concept, and execution. No art work with nudity will be accepted.
Acceptable media incluVeteransArtShowLogode:
• Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolors
• Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
• Collage

• Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
• Mixed media: use of more than two media such as pencil, ink, watercolor
• Computer-generated art

• Photography
• Sculpture: clay, wood, ceramics or metal.

Artists have the opportunity to sell their work to the public during this show.

There is no cost to participate, however advanced registration is required before October 1, with art drop off set for October 23 from noon to 5 p.m.

To participate contact the Southern Hills Arts Council, by calling 740-286-6355 or via email: jhughes@markayjackson.org.

The Markay Gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment.

“The Dixie Swim Club” to take over Markay stage

Pictured are members of The Dixie Swim Club cast. Pictured in front, from left, are Laura Miller as Lexie, Maria Hampton as Dinah, and Cassie Walker as Sheree. Pictured standing, from left are Elaine Wheeler as Vernadette and Lucia Colley Jones as Jeri Neal.

Pictured are members of The Dixie Swim Club cast. Pictured in front, from left, are Laura Miller as Lexie, Maria Hampton as Dinah, and Cassie Walker as Sheree. Pictured standing, from left are Elaine Wheeler as Vernadette and Lucia Colley Jones as Jeri Neal.

The Riverby Theatre Guild’s production of “The Dixie Swim Club” will take the Markay stage on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.
The comedy with a touch of southern charm, directed by Michelle Miller, takes the audience on a journey of life and friendship. Each August, college friends Lexie (Laura Miller), Jeri Neal (Lucia Jones), Dinah (Mariah Hampton), Sheree (Cassie Walker) and Vernadette (Elaine Wheeler) meet for one weekend in August, in a small beachside cottage, to share a weekend of fun and laughter, free of distractions. The audience is invited to join them as they catch up, laugh and help each other through life’s trials and tribulations. From ex-husbands and plastic surgery to life’s many up and downs, these five friends are there to talk each other through it all. The “Dixie Swim Club is a funny testament to the enduring power of friendship.
About the Actors:
• Laura Miller (Lexie) – Is a newcomer to the area. Her past favorite performances include Gypsy (Electra), Plaza Suite (Karen), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie). When not on stage, you may find her walking dogs at the K-9 shelter or training for triathlons.
• Cassie Walker (Sheree) has enjoyed being in and around theatre her entire life. She has been both in front and behind the curtain. From Bye Bye Birdie in High School, Plaza Suite in college, church venues and most recently the RTG fall production of Witches, Britches, Rings and Things.
• Maria Hampton (Dinah) is thrilled to take the stage with this wonderful cast of ladies and terrific director, Michelle Miller. Being a part of the cast of Les Miserables was her first experience in musical theatre. Some of her favorite roles have been: Daddy’s Girl (Darlynn), Alibi’s (Hope), How the Other Half Dies (Officer Newbie). Maria is a mixed media artist and quite a bookworm.
• Elaine Wheeler (Vernadette) is very excited to be “one of the girls” in the Riverby Theatre Guild’s production of The Dixie Swim Club. Her theatre credits include musicals: Emma! – A Pop Musical, Annie, Oliver and Fiddler on the Roof; children’s productions: The Little Mermaid and Alice in Wonderland; and comedies such as How the Other Half Dies and the Ladies of Harmony. As well as performing, Elaine also enjoys singing and teaching line dance.
• Lucia Colley Jones (Jeri Neal) obtained her BA in Performing Arts from The University of Rio Grande. She is the Program Coordinator at The French Art Colony and Riverby Theatre Guild. She truly enjoys working with children in the arts. Some past favorite performances include: That Was Bob, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Tommy, and more. As a classically trained soprano, her role as Monica, in The Medium, holds a special place in her heart. She is an actor, singer, teacher, wife and mother.
• Michelle Miller, Dixie Swim Club’s Director, graduated from the University of Rio Grande with a degree in technical theatre. Since its inception, she has assisted the Riverby Theatre Guild as a director, techie and, on very rare occasion, a cast member. Over the years, Michelle has directed a variety of shows, including Misery, Wait Until Dark, A Christmas Story, Rednecks Undo Christmas, The Woman in Black, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Alibis, Oliver and 12 Angry Jurors. She lives in Gallipolis with her husband Tim and children, Trent and Sydney.

To purchase tickets, call the Markay’s Box Office at 740-577-3841 or visit www.markayjackson.org . Tickets can also be purchased at the Markay box office, Wednesday to Friday from noon to 5 p.m.
The Markay Cultural Arts Center, under the care of the Southern Hills Arts Council, is located at 269 E. Main St., Jackson, Ohio.

Markay to show movies again; See Casablanca on the big screen

The Southern Hills Arts Council is excited to announce that the Markay Cultural Arts Center will now be able to show motion pictures.

A generous donation funded the electric roll down 24 foot by 10 foot, 6 inch screen and the digital cinema projector. The new equipment will also facilitate the ability for meetings to take place in the Markay’s auditorium with connectivity to broadcast presentations on the screen.

A generous donation funded the electric roll down 24 foot by 10 foot, 6 inch screen and the digital cinema projector. The new equipment will also facilitate the ability for meetings to take place in the Markay’s auditorium with connectivity to broadcast presentations on the screen.

A generous donation funded the electric roll down 24 foot by 10 foot, 6 inch screen and the digital cinema projector. “The new equipment will also facilitate the ability for meetings to take place in the auditorium with connectivity to broadcast presentations on the screen,” said Southern Hills Arts Council Director of Operations Jennifer Hughes.

“This is very exciting for us,” said Hughes. “This equipment opens another avenue for us to share the arts experience with our community.”

Movies at the Markay will first be shown on Saturday, February 11 at 3 and 7 p.m. Hughes explained that the classic movie that will be shown is one of the most memorable of all film experiences, a true Hollywood legend. Hughes said “Casablanca” is about wartime refugees who gather in Morocco to obtain scarce exit visas to Lisbon. The final airport sequence is an event not to be forgotten. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman fans will not want to miss this event.

Tickets for the movie are on sale now for $5. Hughes said that through partnership with local businesses, Elizabeth’s Flowers and Michael’s Ice Cream for an additional $15 the Sweetheart Special is available for advance purchase, which includes a single red rose, roasted peanuts and assorted chocolates. Those attending the first Movies at the Markay event, will get 10% off their meal (excludes alcohol) at Arch and Eddie’s (181 E. Main St., Jackson) on Feb. 11, 2017 only, when they show their movie ticket.
Concessions, including authentic movie theatre popcorn, from TriCity Theater will be available.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting www.markaytickets.org or calling the Walnut Hills Neighborhood Box Office at the Markay at 740-577-3841 or by stopping by the box office, 269 E. Main St., Jackson, Ohio Wednesday to Friday noon to 5 p.m. or before performances on Jan. 28, Feb. 3 or Feb. 10.

Picture Perfect Amateur Photography Contest deadline extended

Once again it’s time to grab your camera and start showing us, in pictures, why Jackson County is a great place to live, work and play.

The 13th Annual Jackson County Is Picture Perfect Amateur Photography Contest, a project of The Jackson County Times-Journal, is now accepting entries. It’s free to enter the amateur photography contest. (Click the link for the entry form PicturePerfectEntry2017)

This year The Times-Journal’s amateur photography contest is being held in partnership with The Markay, The Southern Hills Arts Council, Smith Flower Shop, Andrea’s Prom and Bridal, Jackson Body and Paint, Jackson Metropolitan Housing Authority, KFC of Oak Hill, Loan Central, Sonic, Toro Loco and EDKO.

The contest is open to youth and adults with separate categories. The youth division is for ages 10-17, and the adult division is for ages 18 and older.

Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places in both youth and adult divisions. The following cash amounts will be awarded: first place: $75 (youth and adult), second place: $50 (youth and adult), third place: $25 (youth and adult).

There will also be cash prizes for Best Representation of Life in Jackson County and Peoples’ Choice in both youth and adult divisions. The following cash amounts will be awarded: Best Representation of Life in Jackson County: $50 (youth and adult) and Peoples’ Choice: $25 (youth and adult).

Below are the Jackson County Is Picture Perfect Amateur Photography Contest Rules:

1. The photographer must be an amateur, who has not received money for photography services in the past year.
2. Photo must have been taken after April 15, 2016.
3. Photo entries may be on glossy or matte photo paper.
4. The photographer may enter up to two photos.
5. Photo must have been taken in Jackson County. (Photos at Lake Alma in Vinton County will not be accepted.)
6. Each entry must be an 8” x 10” in color or black and white photo and affixed to picture matting, for the total entry no larger than 11” x 14”. NO picture frames.
7. Photos must be submitted with an entry form that can be picked up at The Jackson County Times-Journal office, the Markay, printed off www.timesjournal.com or clipped out of The Jackson County Times-Journal.
8. Entries must be submitted ONLY to The Jackson County Times-Journal at 73 E. Huron Street, Suite B, Jackson by 5 p.m. on January 20, 2017. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
9. All entries become the property of the Jackson County Times-Journal during the course of the contest and will be released to participants on March 6, 2017.
10. Photos featuring an identifiable person must be accompanied by a signed release from that person or guardian.
11. First, Second and Third Place Winners will be chosen by a judge outside of the county. Votes at the Markay will decide the winners of Peoplesʼ Choice and Best Representation of Life in Jackson County. Winners will be announced on Feb. 16, 2017. Peoplesʼ Choice and Best Representation of Life in Jackson County voting ends on Feb. 13, 2017.
12. Jackson County Times-Journal employees and independent contractors are not eligible to participate.
13. Two age categories: Adult: 18 and older and Youth: 10 to 17. Photos must have been taken by the photographer entering the contest.
14. Photos can be artistically enhanced. Photos can be of any subject matter, however, no nude photos nor untasteful subjects will be permitted in the contest.
15. Failure to follow these rules will result in a disqualified entry.

Once again, the deadline to enter is Wednesday, January 25PicturePerfectEntry2017PicturePerfectEntry2017, 2017, at 5 p.m. at the office of The Jackson County Times-Journal, located at 73 E. Huron Street, Suite B, in Jackson. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Jackson County is Picture Perfect Exhibit can be viewed from Feb. 3, 2017, to Feb. 26, 2017 at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, located at 269 E. Main Street in Jackson. There will be an opening reception on Feb 3, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Markay.

Photos must be submitted with an entry form that can be picked up at The Jackson County Times-Journal office, the Markay, printed off www.timesjournal.com, clipped out of The Jackson County Times-Journal or by emailing jshaver@timesjournal.com.

Jackson Rotary Club gets Markay update

Pictured are Jackson Rotary Club program host Denise Brown,  Jackson Rotary Club President Carol Porter, Southern Hills Arts Council Director of Operations Jennifer Hughes and Rotary member and Southern Hills Arts Council Board of Trustees member Amanda Crabtree.

Pictured are Jackson Rotary Club program host Denise Brown, Jackson Rotary Club President Carol Porter, Southern Hills Arts Council Director of Operations Jennifer Hughes and Rotary member and Southern Hills Arts Council Board of Trustees member Amanda Crabtree.

Denise Brown hosted the Jackson Rotary Club program for Tuesday January 10th. Mrs. Brown invited Jennifer Hughes of the Southern Hills Arts Council to review some of the exciting events and activities scheduled for the Markay Cultural Arts Center in 2017. Jennifer Hughes is the Director of Operations for the Southern Hills Arts Council. A number of special events are planned for the Markay Cultural Arts Center this year including the return of classic movies and popcorn. The first classic movie will be presented on a new 24 foot movie screen on Saturday, February 11th.

Arts festivals, gallery events, children’s performances, tap dancing, tribute artists and bands, country, bluegrass, community choirs, comedians, classical guitar, and much more will be going on in Jackson thanks to the Southern Hills Arts Council. The works of both regional and local artist will be on display in the Markay’s gallery again this year. A total of 11 gallery shows have been scheduled for the Markay this year. In addition to new performers such as the Hotel California-Eagles Tribute Band, several very popular performers such as the Madcap Puppets and Elvis Tribute artist Dwight Icenhower will return to the stage of the Markay in 2017. Dwight Icenhower’s performance last year was the Markay first sold-out event, so you are encouraged to get your tickets early for Dwight Icenhower’s June 17th show.

The Southern Hills Arts Council was established as a non-profit organization in June of 1981. It accepted the challenge of bring the Markay a 1930’s Art Deco theater back to life in 1996 when Rotarian Tom Evans was Mayor of Jackson. The arts council entered into an agreement with the City of Jackson to lease the theater for one dollar a year. The Markay was transferred to the arts council with the charge to renovate, maintain, and operate the Markay. Council members set out to return the Art Deco theater building to good operating condition with an eye to renovation, not restoration and it was always the intent of the arts council to save as many of the original features as possible and work without accruing debt. The renovation process took over the 18 years and two million dollars to complete. The grand reopening of the Markay took place in August of 2015 and today the gallery and 280 seat theater servers our community.

Detailed program information is available by calling (740) 577-3811 or by checking the Markay’s website at www.markayjackson.org

Betschel’s ’In The Moment’ show to be on display at the Markay

JACKSON– Jackson artist Sherry Betschel will have her work on display in a show titled “In The Moment” at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, January 6-29, 2017.

Jackson artist Sherry Betschel will have her work on display in a show titled “In The Moment” at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, January 6-29, 2017.

Betschel, a 1982 Jackson High School graduate, has been creating art in various forms, but it was not until 2013 that she started painting. She explains that she is an unbiased artist who likes to experiment with different types of mediums and techniques. When viewing her collection, one might be under the impression that her work was created by several different artists because of her diversity.

Betschel explains that spiritual paintings, vibrant modern art, mixed media, abstracts and her haunting black and white portrait paintings with oversized eyes are just some of the styles included in her work. Betschel likes using texture and mixed media in a free form loose style and likes to use her fingers to paint. Mixing charcoal and acrylic is her favorite and began using ghe technique at the suggestion of a Grove City Chamber member, who saw one of her unique portrait paintings at an art show.

Music is a huge part of Betschel’s creative process and most of her artwork was created while listening to classical music. She is a highly emotional person and carries her feelings onto the canvas when inspired by the challenges she has faced in her lifetime, spirituality, through nature, and poetry. She often incorporates Bible verses and poetry (some written by her oldest son, Jacob) into her art work.

’In The Moment’ is a diverse collection of artwork based on Betschel's awareness with a conscious mind that is tuned into nature, emotion, and spirituality. Reminding us to slow down, take notice and reconnect.

’In The Moment’ is a diverse collection of artwork based on Betschel’s awareness with a conscious mind that is tuned into nature, emotion, and spirituality. Reminding us to slow down, take notice and reconnect.

“’In The Moment’ is a diverse collection of artwork based on my awareness with a conscious mind that is tuned into nature, emotion, and spirituality. Reminding us to slow down, take notice and reconnect,” Betschel said. “I don’t think art should be purchased to match the colors of a room. I think art should be purchased because you have a connection to the piece or because it sparks some sort of emotion,” she added. “Nothing is more rewarding to me, as an artist, than for a person to connect to a piece of my artwork on an emotional or spiritual level,” Betschel ended.

“In The Moment” is Betschel’s first art exhibit, but she has participated in art shows in Grove City, Columbus, Delaware, Cincinnati and Jackson. She has sold her paintings in Ohio, Vermont, California, Oklahoma, Arkansas and West Virginia and has painted several commissioned pieces. Most recently, a large commissioned abstract piece titled “Taken by the Sky II” for Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

Betschel was born on Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois. She lived most of her childhood in Jackson and Wellston, and a few years in Scottsdale, Arizona and McArthur, Ohio. After graduating from JHS, Betschel studied at Rio Grande College before moving to Columbus.

While living in Columbus, she worked in the accounting department for the Department of Transportation, choreographed fashion shows, one of which was for the Columbus Museum of Art, and taught modeling classes for several modeling agencies. She met her husband in Columbus and moved back to Jackson in 1997 to raise her two sons, wanting to be closer to family.Artist Sherry Betschel

The Southern Hills Arts Council invites the community to meet the artist on Friday, January 6 at 7 p.m. at the Markay Cultural Arts Center, 269 E. Main Street, Jackson. The Markay Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday noon to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment by calling 740-286-6355.

More artwork and jewelry designs can be seen online at www.herartandsoulstudio.etsy.com