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Basil art exhibit to open at RCCAC

December 6, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The Jack Basil Retrospective Exhibit will be on display through March 1 in the Maxwell Room Gallery at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. The opening reception is slated for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

An Elkins native, Basil graduated from Elkins High School, attended Davis & Elkins College for a year, and then joined the U.S. Navy. He later finished his education at WVU, earning a bachelor's and master's degree in music.

A self-taught artist, Basil began painting with oils when he was only 10 years old.

"My sister came home with an oil painting set and said, 'Here, start painting pictures,'" he said. "I have been doing that ever since."

Basil says his love of drawing began at an even earlier age.

"When I was in grade school, every Sunday after church I would get the comic section from the newspaper and practice drawing Popeye, Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse," he said.

Basil is an avid hunter and fisherman and much of his award-winning artwork reflects his love of the outdoors.

"One of my biggest honors as an artist," he said, "was having several pictures selected for the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Calendar."

Located at the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins the Randolph County Community Arts Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Weekend hours are announced weekly.



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