Arts Center to host new solo exhibit

A solo exhibit of artist Joan Crawford is set to open Saturday at the Randolph County Arts Center.

The exhibit, The Joan Crawford Retrospective, will be on display in the Maxwell Gallery through June 29. The Maxwell Gallery, named to honor one of the founding board members, Judge Robert E. Maxwell, serves as a solo exhibition space for RCCAC artist members.

Crawford, known in Elkins as Joan Davis, taught art at Davis & Elkins College during the 1960s.

She works in various mediums, including watercolor and acrylic painting, fabric art, silkscreen, sculpture, wood and stone. She is an award-winning textile designer, with international acclaim.

Crawford created a one-of-a-kind structure at Gladwin at the confluence of the Glady and Dry Fork Rivers in Tucker County.

Visitors can find many examples of her stone masonry and painted wood tracery in the area.

Crawford earned a bachelor of fine arts from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1953. She received her master of fine arts from West Virginia University in 1968. She was married to the late E.H. Hunter Davis, professor of English at Davis & Elkins College from 1959-1969 and founder of the first D&E soccer team.

The opening reception for The Joan Crawford Retrospective is set for 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with weekend hours to be announced.

The Randolph County Community Arts Center, a nonprofit organization promoting and supporting the arts in Randolph County and the surrounding areas, is located at the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins. The Arts Center is supported by private donations as well as the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

More information is available by calling 304-637-2355 or visiting