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July 6, 2012

‘Pen and Ink’ featured in July art gallery exhibit at arts center


The July art exhibit at the Ashtabula Arts Center will feature “Pen and Ink” by Doris Jones, on display through July 29.
An art opening reception will be held July 13 from 6:30 to- 8 p.m., featuring light refreshments.
Jones was born and raised in England and obtained formal art training at the Bromley Art College in Kent, England. She worked as a commercial illustrator in London and for the largest department store in El Paso, Texas, doing pen and ink drawings of their merchandise. After moving to the Pittsburgh area, she did advertising drawings for Kaufmann’s Department Store. Jones also taught art for a number of years in the Wheeling, WV area including Ogelbay Art Institute and Stifel Fine Arts Centre and she has also lectured at Wheeling Jesuit University. 
Winner of numerous awards, Jones’ work is in many collections both private and commercial including Ohio University, Bethany College, Zanesville Art Museum and Belmont Technical College. She is a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Southeast Ohio Watercolor Society, Steubenville Art Association and Lake Shore Artists in Ashtabula.
“I also enjoy working in watercolor and pastel,” says Jones. “Both mediums rely heavily on drawing.  When I work in pen and ink I use a dip pen and black india ink. I like to work on different surfaces including rice paper and blotting paper and using different pens including lettering pens and crowquill pens — even a bamboo pen. This is all fun to try and gives a different look to my work.  Working with any dip pen, I must be careful to test before drawing.  If too much ink is on the pen, it can cause a blot which is almost impossible to remove.  Pen and ink can also be combined successfully with watercolor painting.”
The exhibit can be viewed during gallery hours, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The exhibit can also be viewed prior to theater performances and during intermission. Admission to the gallery is free.

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