PRESTONSBURG – Johnson County is well represented this month at the Big Sandy Community and Technical College Art Gallery, with a duel exhibit by two of its natives, Tina Penix and Robin Renee. The exhibit is now open and will run until Oct. 25.
Tina Penix is an artist who has achieved a high level of technical skill, even though she has never had any formal art training. She credits her talents to God. Penix says her religious beliefs have provided comfort as well as inspiration. Her art is in a realist style, and represents her life and perceptions of the world around her. Her brightly colored canvasses convey a world of peace, and also inner strength.
Penix is a single mom and lives with her three children Bruce Thomas, Tabitha Cortney and Tyler Cade.
Robin Renee is a multi-talented artist, who not only produces a variety of artwork from drawing to photography, but creates frames for her work that are art in themselves.
“I use the flawed wood knots, holes, jagged edges, worm holes, etc. I use them because the imperfections add to the beauty of my frames,” Renee said.
Renee says she has a passion for depicting people, animals, and landscapes. Robin Renee’s art has been featured on CD covers, country music magazines, and she has taken photos of well-known celebrities. Robin is a self-taught artist and photographer, and recently started a business to market her art.
A reception for Tina Penix and Robin Renee will be Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Big Sandy Community and Technical College Art Gallery from 6 until 7:30 p.m., with refreshments being offered. The public is invited.
The gallery is open five days a week. Monday through Thursday, gallery hours are 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and Fridays, 9 a.m. until noon. For information about this show or future ones, contact the gallery at (606) 886-3863, ext. 64746.