Arts Center hosts artist retrospective


ELKINS — The Arts Center will host an opening reception for a retrospective of a lifetime of work by artist Joan Crawford today from 5-7 p.m.

This exhibit spans over 60 years of art in almost every medium, from paintings, to painted fabric, to sculpture. This reception is free and open to the public.

At age 88, artist Joan Crawford still creates art as she manages complications with her vision from macular degeneration. Even with some increasing limitations, she continues to produce her own particular brand of deeply personal, heartfelt, and often whimsical artworks.

Crawford just completed an illustrated ABC book titled “A Fabulous, Frivolous Abcedarius.” Each entry in the book has a short poem she wrote, for each letter of the alphabet as it pertains to a fantastic creature. The book is in pen and ink, since this medium is all she can see well enough to work in at this point.

Due to the recent floods in our area, this show also offers the public a rare chance to purchase some of Joan’s works, some of which was damaged but that she managed to save.

The Arts Center’s Executive Director, Kurt Barkley, said, “For many of us, Joan’s body of work exemplifies the genuinely creative spirit some people possess, and this exhibit of her life’s work is incredible in its scope and content. It’s touching, beautiful, and entertaining all at the same time.”

For additional information contact the RCCAC, 304-637-2355, or visit our website: www.randolpharts.org.

The Randolph County Community Arts center is committed to the accommodation of all persons with disabilities. Specially-designated parking spaces are conveniently located behind the office, facing Elkins City Park. For more information or to inquire about accessibility options we provide, please contact us at 304-637-2355.