BUCKHANNON — It’s late August, and it’s time to pick juicy tomatoes, soak up the last rays of the summer sun and soak up some local art.
Buckhannon and Upshur County residents and visitors can do the latter this Saturday, August 27 in the Old Orchard Gallery on the second floor of Fish Hawk Acres, where local historian and artist Noel W. Tenney is now showcasing a selection of new works of art in an exhibition called “End of Summer Market”.
“Late Summer Market” opened on Thursday, but you can still see some of Tenney’s newer works — several were completed in the last year — from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Anyone unable to make it to the exhibit, which features oil paintings and colorful cut-out paper collages, is encouraged to contact Tenney via email at [email protected] to make an appointment.
Among Tenney’s ‘Market’ offerings is the largest cut-out paper collage he has ever made, a 20 by 16 piece of artwork titled ‘Gather ye rosebuds’, named after a poem written by Robert Herrick which was featured in the 1989 “Dead Poets Society Film”.
“It’s the biggest piece I’ve ever cut,” Tenney said Thursday. “The poem continues about flowers that bloom today but die tomorrow, and my piece is a tree that takes you through the seasons. It’s really a study of the seasons, and I had never thought of a tree like this before.
Another paper-cut piece features an actual photograph taken by Tenney of an evening moon in Upshur County, and a third oil painting, ‘Grassy Run Falls’, features one of the waterfalls most scenic in the area, a hidden gum in the Sago area of Upshur County that was once known as Hesper. It is the only waterfall Tenney has ever painted, and he used an early 20th-century photograph of Grassy Run Falls to guide him.
“I’ve been there two or three times, and I’ve painted outdoors once,” he says. “It was a favorite spot because you know, Sago has always been a popular swimming hole.”
Tenney said he was approaching 80 but never got tired of painting or browsing other people’s works.
“I look at a lot of art, especially historical,” Tenney said, “and you can do a lot of that online now as well. I get really excited when I go to a museum and spend time looking things. I’m really excited about new ideas.
“I just like to paint, but I’ve done every type of art there is,” he added. “I am almost 80 years old but I still take the time to paint.”
You can read more about Tenney’s work and his artistic philosophy here.
Several additional oil paintings by Tenney that are part of his “Late Summer Market” exhibit.