Mission Statement

Our Mission is to promote art and art education in the community and among its members. To encourage and promote a public interest and understanding of art; to create and develop a closer relationship between art and the community and further the education and artistic development of its members.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Art Walk with Vernon Howell


Vernon Howell shows his work
In his presentation Sunday, Vernon Howell discussed his early introduction to art and his growing interest as he proceeded through his public school days including his fascination with layering and depth. He then focused on time with influential mentors at Marshall University and later at Syracuse. He gave a bit of art history taken from an "internship" at the National Gallery in Washington. While there he studied the earliest methods of painting with egg wash and later oil media.


He spent time explaining his methods of developing transparencies from common magazine photos and transferring them to his works of art. In an informal question and answer period he discussed his techniques with carved wood relief, layering and the creation of specific pieces.
Art walk in the Renaissance Art Gallery


Vernon Howell explaining how this piece evolved.
Vernon Howell gave a fascinating talk to over a dozen visitors to the Renaissance Art Gallery. He told the group about all the teachers that had  taught and inspired him.  Vernon showed examples of his different art techniques and how he had learned them over the years.  He had enjoyed art through out his life and loved teaching art to high school students.  When he was growing up he wanted to be a coach or art teacher at a collage and had the chance to do both but chose to stay at the high school where his heart was. 
Vernon and Audience
These art walks have been fascinating to hear. The demonstrations informative. The Renaissance Art Gallery plans to continue these demonstrations, talks and workshops through the summer.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Vernon Howell, Artist

Sunday will see artist Vernon Howell in the Renaissance Art Gallery to give guided walks around his art displays in the "Class Acts--Earth, Wind and Fire" show closing this Sunday.
Vernon Howell
Vernon is a native of Huntington, West Virginia, where he lived and worked most of his life. He received his public education here and chose to teach art in the same school system.

After 30 years teaching, he took advantage of an early retirement opportunity to become a full time studio artist working in a variety of media. Throughtout the United States his work has been selected for private collections.
He has art in the permanent collections of museums, businesses and corporations, including four pieces in the permanent collection of McGraw Hill Publishing Company and the West Virginia State Museum. An exhibition highlight was being invited to exhibit in the National Gallery of American Art in Washington, D.C.
Perpetual motion
V. Howell

Monday, April 15, 2013

Wrap- up: Class Acts -- Earth, Wind & Fire

Last chance for  “Earth Wind and Fire – Class Acts”.  The exhibit featuring the work of Leona Mackey, Vernon Howell and Rabert Fulks – will close Sunday November 21, 2013.

Vernon Howell will conduct a Gallery Tour presenting his work on an individual basis on Sunday the 21st at 2PM.


Pieces by these exceptional, local artists are consistently found in open or juried shows in the Tri-State region and in the State of West Virginia. One or two pieces in such a show however, often leave the viewer wishing for more. This exhibit offers the opportunity for a broader view of their work either over time or through the use of a variety of media.


Leona Mackey
Purchased works can be retrieved from the gallery at this time.


The Gallery is located on the ground floor of the old Huntington High building at the corner of 9th avenue and 8th street in Huntington WV, and is open on Fridays and Saturdays, noon until 4PM, and Sundays, 1-4PM.

Rabert Fulks