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Artist provides artwork for Myers Clinic

Submitted photo Leah Seaman, Barbour County artist, presents members of the Barbour Community Health Association staff with five acrylic art pieces, which the organization plans to display at Myers Clinic in Philippi.

PHILIPPI — The artwork of Barbour County native Leah Seaman will be displayed throughout the halls of Barbour Community Health Association’s Myers Clinic.

Seaman, a senior at Ohio’s Marietta College, painted five acrylic art pieces for BCHA. With a double major in communications studies and studio art, Seaman used her childhood growing up in Barbour County’s Chestnut Ridge as inspiration for the BCHA art project. BCHA commissioned Seaman on the project and was given free range in creating each piece.

“The purpose of this project was to really show that the Chestnut Ridge community is absolutely stunning and show some of the positive aspects of the area,” Seaman said. “I’m hoping that when people go to the Myers Clinic, they’ll recognize each location and hopefully that’ll make them feel more comfortable and at ease.”

Each painting is on an 11-inch by 14-inch canvas and displays the vibrant, scenic views of one of Barbour County’s small communities. The names of each painting are entitled “Scenic overlook from Chestnut Ridge Road,” “Sickler Farm,” “Scenic overlook from Welch Cemetery,” “Arden River” and “The Old Croston Schoolhouse.”

Each location was specifically picked by Seaman as many of these Chestnut Ridge locations are special to her and her family, friends, and neighbors.

“BCHA gave me a lot of free range on this project, which I appreciated,” Seaman said. “BCHA just wanted artwork to fill the building and add to the aesthetic of the clinic, and so we came up with the idea of displays of the Chestnut Ridge community.”

Seaman is taking commissions for prints of these paintings in various sizes including 8-inch by 10-inch, 11-inch by 14-inch and 16-inch by 20-inch. For more information on how to purchase a print, reach out to Seaman on Facebook at @Artabella or on Instagram at @Artabella–Gallery.

Looking ahead, Seaman is excited to graduate from college next Spring and is currently in the process of illustrating her first children’s book.

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