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, July 29, 2013

Dragon Lily

The dracunculus vulgaris also known by such names as  the voodoo lily, corpse flower and Dragon Lily is a rare beauty. This unusual flower, which blooms so beautifully but can smell like death is the subject of a new watercolor painting by artist Fern Christian. When this painting is completed, it will hang in the Renaissance Art Gallery.
The work in process is beautiful already. When finished it will hang in the Renaissance Art Gallery.

"I've had this plant for several years and each year I marvel at the beauty and size of the blooms . This year it rained so much it's scent was not present . Blessing ! The blooms come suddenly ,last briefly , then vanish --- everything is gone before you can decide exactly how you feel about such an unusual plant . I did get a photo and now I will try to express some of my mixed emotions ."
~ Fern Christian
Ms Christian graduated from Marshall University in 1968 and later earned thirty hours of post-graduate credit in studio painting. She belongs to the Tri-State Art Association, of which is a past president. A signature member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society, she is an accomplished painter in many media. Currently she serves as the Director of the Renaissance Art Gallery and teaches painting Monday and Saturday mornings..

Friday, July 19, 2013

Student Exhibition

Along with displaying original art by local artists, the Renaissance Art Gallery offers a growing list of art classes. This month the Gallery is proud to display work by our paintings classes in the Kumkum Majumdar Exhibition Hall. Anna Starling , Sue Goodno , Marie McDowell , Wilma Hilton , Sharolyn Mc Cray , Cristy Peters , Catherine Chandler and Bill Prestley, students of Director Fern Christian,  all have work hanging. You may visit the gallery and enjoy this show Friday and Saturday 12-4 pm and Sunday 1-4 pm at the Renaissance Art Gallery.


“My students are always eager to attend classes . They work individually in subject matter of personal interest , each at times in different media which enhances their knowledge of painting . Working together in this way seems to give everyone a sense of peaceful energy.”
~ Teacher Fern Christian