POINT PLEASANT — With Christmas lights starting to come down in some places, there are still beautiful things to see in Point Pleasant.
More recently, Gallery at 409 hosted its annual Christmas Gala which is both a fundraiser and a celebration of the past year. This year’s celebration included the unveiling of the latest work by Jamie Sloane of Gallipolis, Ohio.
The main piece at the gala was Sloane’s “Visiteur No. 1” which will be on display through the end of this this month. Joining Sloane at the gala was Miranda Wood, formerly of Gallia County, who was the model for the painting. Though Wood was all smiles, her counterpart on canvas was not, and is quite fierce looking, though not in a “fabulous” way. She is far removed from Wood’s personality in real life. Wood currently teaches kindergartners at a private school.
Sloane has said he wanted to create a character in his head in terms of the persona in the portrait who has Wood’s face. He said when he first met Wood, it was almost like he’d met her before, in another time. He jokingly likened it to him being a jester in her court with Wood having the power to take his head off. This thought was both amusing and inspiring, helping him churn out a regal looking figure on canvas with a discerning eye to all those who enter Gallery at 409.
Sloane worked on the painting for many weeks on the fourth floor of the Lowe Hotel. He has said he hopes to turn this initial portrait into a series containing other “visiteurs.”
As for Wood’s doppelganger on canvas, Sloane likes to say though she looks un-amused at whatever court jester she is facing down, it should be a reminder to us all to never stop trying.
Find Gallery at 409 on Facebook and visit it, and other art work, at 409 Main Street in downtown Point Pleasant.
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