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ArtsLink To Feature Local Artist’s Paintings Mar. 3

By Staff | Feb 27, 2013

The work of Sistersville artist Naomi London will be on exhibit at the Francis Creative Arts Center in New Martinsville on Sunday, March 3, from 2-4 p.m.

The works of Naomi London, a local artist who specializes in oil and acrylic painting, will be on display once more at ArtsLink’s upcoming First Sunday exhibit set for March 3 from 2-4 p.m. London’s work was debuted at ArtsLink’s February exhibit, however due to inclement weather the exhibit has been extended.

The event will be held at the Francis Creative Art Center at the corner of Maple Avenue and Washington Street in downtown New Martinsville. Light refreshments will be served.

Originally from Parkersburg, W.Va., London moved to Sistersville roughly four years ago and has been busy at work on her farmland, where she raises animals and harvests food for her family. In fact, London says she hopes her farm will one day provide 90 percent of the food her family needs. For London, who was raised on a farm, farming her own land not only pays homage to her past but provides her with artistic inspiration.

“I enjoy the farm and the animals,” London says, noting that she finds her connection to animals often times starts the creative process in her art.

London has had a passion for art her entire life. Interestingly, she worked for many years as a composite artist for the Parkersburg Police Department and has also exhibited her work at the Parkersburg Art Center. Other occupations she has held over the years include accounting and ministry. Mainly self-taught, she did take the opportunity to study art at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, soaking in all she could from her instructors.

London’s work consists of realism pieces as well as many abstract and surrealist works. The themes of her art are as varied as the styles she uses to paint her message.

Among many themes London states that religion is a very important subject to her on both a personal and artistic level. “Art, in many ways, is what led me to God,” London notes. “He used my interest and my urge to create art as a way to bring me to Him. That’s a really important part of art to me.”

To view a vast collection of London’s work and meet the artist herself, be sure to attend the free exhibit set for March 3 from 2-4 p.m. at the Francis Creative Arts Center.

For more information, call ArtsLink at 304-455-2278, e-mail to artslink@artslinkwv.org, or visit www.artslinkwv.org. Persons with special needs may contact 304-455-2278 to request assistance.

Financial support for ArtsLink’s activities thanks to West Virginia Northern Community College, WETZ/WYMJ/WNRJ Radio, Chesapeake Energy, Dominion, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, and Ohio Valley Online.