Rouse art show starts Friday

A public reception for the Henry Rouse Ninth Annual Permanent Collection Juried Art Show will be held on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Suites at Rouse, 615 Rouse Ave. in Youngsville.

The artwork will then remain on display at the Suites from Saturday through Friday, Nov. 22 between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year, the entries are all two-dimensional, such as paintings, photographs and copper wall pieces.

Kris Whitaker, the Suites at Rouse administrator, said it was titled Permanent Collection because the winning entry is purchased by the Rouse for permanent display. She added that last year a Suites resident purchased an additional winning entry to hang in the dining room near her table.

“The art show is an opportunity to showcase our building, which has always been called the ‘best kept secret in Warren County.’ We would like that to go away,”she added.

Whitaker noted that two chefs, one from the Suites and one from the Rouse Home, “will provide a fantastic spread,” including hors d’oeuvres and wine. She also said that a Rouse Home resident who is a skilled pianist will perform during the event.

The reception is expected to draw about 100 people, including the 15 artists represented in the show, their families and members of surrounding communities. Although invitations have been sent out, the reception and show is open to the public.

Most of the artists submitted two artworks for the juried show. The juror is Wendy Hunink Neckers, president of the Corry Artists’ Guild and a member of the Warren Art League.

Whitaker explained that by changing the event to a juried show has increased community involvement.

Three cash awards will be presented, for the winning pieces ranging from $75 for first place to $25 for third place. The winners will be announced at the reception.

While the show itself will be displayed at the Suites, it will be a Rouse Estate event including the Rouse Home, the Adult Day Care Center, the Children’s Center and the Rehab Works at the Rouse.

Some of the artworks will be offered for sale. If sold, the artist will receive 70 percent, and the Permanent Collection will retain 30 percent.