Traditional Bank is proud to present an exhibit by Ashley Howell at the Gateway Regional Arts Center in Mt. Sterling, July 9 through July 26. An exhibit opening and reception will be held Friday, July 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will include a Gallery Talk at 5:30 p.m. Howell is a Mt. Sterling native. She received a bachelor’s degree from Centre College in Studio Art and studied with some of the most accomplished Representational artists in the world at the Grand Central Academy of Art in Manhattan. Howell describes her style as Classical Realism and specializes in figure painting and portraits. To see samples of her work, visit her website at ashleyraehowell.com.
The Gateway Regional Arts Center is housed in a uniquely transformed building that has been a part of Mt. Sterling for generations as the former First United Methodist Church and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Montgomery County Council for the Arts purchased the building in 2002 and began an ambitious $1.3 million renovation that was made possible with federal and state grants and the generosity of many local businesses and individuals. The resulting three-floor arts center now provides a large public performance hall, art gallery, gift shop, arts resource library, visual arts classrooms, music rehearsal rooms, artists’ studio space, offices and basement which includes a small performance cafe, dressing rooms and additional classrooms.
Throughout the year, the Gateway Regional Arts Center provides monthly art shows in its gallery, as well as a variety of offerings in music, theater, and other visual arts.