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The only time Jan McVay used plasticine was with a live model.
At a workshop in Illinois, McVay, a longtime painter who taught art and photography at Southmont High School, went once a week to sculpt the next part of the model’s face.
“I was amazed at how difficult it was to make lips that stick properly to the face,” she said.
McVay is one of the artists featured in the Rockville-based Covered Bridge Art Association exhibit, currently on display at the Mary Bishop Memorial Gallery in the Crawfordsville District Public Library. This is the group’s first show at CDPL.
The exhibit includes paintings, jewelry and other works that capture the rural spirit of Parke County, like cows grazing in front of a clapboard barn.
“They’re local,” gallery coordinator Toni Ridgway-Woodall said, looking at the painted barn. “They reflect the community just as much as the covered bridges.
Other artists showcasing their work include Kelly Chambers, Lynne Dunnavant, Susie Teschmacher, Delores Collings, Rita Jacks, Nell Rose Brown, Elise Koning and Jerry Palma.
The works of art are available for sale from the traffic department. The show runs until the end of July.
The association was created in the mid-1960s by members of the local Tri Kappa chapter.
After exhibiting works at various local attractions, the group opened their gallery in a vacant clothing store in Courthouse Square in the 1980s.
Members also exhibit their work at Parke County 4-H and Maple Fairs and the Covered Bridge Festival. For more information about the association, follow Covered Bridge Art Gallery on Facebook or call 765-569-9422.
Next, at the Bishop Gallery, an exhibition of teenage drawings, followed by an exhibition by Putnam County-based woodcut artist Matt Rees.
Artists interested in reserving gallery space should contact Ridgway-Woodall at 765-362-4618. The gallery is booked for the remainder of this year and half of 2022.