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Gassaway artist’s work chosen for WV, Culture Center exhibit

Patrick Russell Facemire, of Gassaway, had two paintings selected for the 23″ biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition at the West Virginia Art, Culture and History Center at the State Capitol complex. Since 1979, the exhibition has celebrated the exceptional talents and creativity of Mountain State Artists.

Patrick’s first painting is entitled, “Black Lung” and his second painting is entitled, “Starbuck.” Each artist was permitted to submit two works of art for consideration. Both of Patrick’s paintings were selected for the exhibit, which is considered a rare occurrence. The Exhibit is scheduled to open November 5, with a reception at the West Virginia Cultural Center at the State Capitol Complex and is open to the public.

Patrick is a 2012 graduate of Braxton County High School. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in May 2017, from Shephard University, at Shepherdstown, and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, New York in 2020. Patrick is currently attending the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, South Carolina, studying for his Master of Art History.

The local artist is a juried member of the Tamarack Art Gallery where he has displayed numerous art pieces in their gallery and also on display for sale. He was selected as the third place in the Best of West Virginia Exhibit which is their premier art display. He has also had numerous pieces on display in many parts of the United States including being selected to display one of his works at the Embassy in Washington, D.C.