42nd Annual Art Show

Local News

Some of Southeastern Ohio’s most talented artists showcased their work today at the Howard Chandler Christie Arts and Crafts Show.

President of the guild Jane Ryan says the show allows amateur and professional artists a venue to compete for an array of prizes.

“We have a variety of every kind of art imaginable,” said Ryan. “Some is local, some is from various other areas. We try and preserve the history of Christie as well as support our local artists for the community.”

The show also hosts an auction, which raises money for the guild. Ryan says the money is then used for art programs in Morgan County’s schools as well as scholarships. Ryan says she’s pleased with the show this year.

“Despite the weather yesterday, we had a good turnout,” she said. “We had new entries this year, so we’re very pleased about that. We were down in some areas, but overall we’re very pleased.”

Ryan says the show is held in honor of Christie, who was born in Morgan County. One of Christie’s paintings still hangs in the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

The art festival takes place in downtown McConnelsville every year during the last week of July.