The Original Taylor County Arts Council and Gallery 62 West: facebook.com/gallery62west
VIDEO, IMAGES, LOGO CREDITS & BRIEF HISTORY by SHELLY L. SOLBERG:
Creator of the Original Taylor County Arts Council (TCAC) and Logo* 1996
Premier Curator of Gallery 62 West and Logo** 2005
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ARTWORK 1: The video opens with a small illustrated architectural detail of the upper facade of Gallery 62 West housed in the three-story Italianate style historic landmark known as the Brinkman Opera House, built c.1898, at 62 West Main Street in Grafton West Virginia.
ARTWORK 2**: The readability and longevity of the traditional serif typeface "Times New Roman" was used to design the ornamental letter-mark "G" and "word-mark" logo GALLERY 62 WEST. The design choice mirrored the original historic "BRINKMAN & CO" sign and reflected the "Italianate" architectural features of the Brinkman building as well as the classical antiquity of Greek and Roman architecture and aesthetics. The logo's ornamental design was within the guidelines set up by the Historical Landmarks Commission in 1998.
ARTWORK 3*: Michelangelo's fresco ceiling detail, The Creation of Adam, 1508-12, Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Rome, Italy. Painted during the Renaissance, (“rebirth” in French); is iconic for the significant period in history that bridged the gap between the Middles Ages and modern history when “intellectual thinking” became manifest in art, architecture, politics, science and literature. The painting detail was a strategic cover and video backdrop for the original TCAC logo (a traditional serif typeface) to symbolize the "power" of art to "create" a “breath of life” and to provide the scientifically proven health and economic benefits of art which were the premier visions for establishing an art community in Taylor County.
ARTWORK 4: The transparent version of the original, black and white square TCAC logo for the Taylor County Arts Council. The longevity of a traditional serif typeface was used to compliment the features of a historical region in the mountain state. The word "ARTS" is the most dominant, immediately recognizable concept and readable word at all sizes and distances and proportionately placed below the "A" in TCAC to represent a mountain shape.
*BRIEF HISTORY of TCAC & GALLERY 62 WEST:
In 1996, (MCMXCVI) Shelly L. Solberg developed, organized and branded the Taylor County Arts Council (TCAC ). The inspiring couple, Thea and Blaine Porter joined the meetings at Tygart Lake State Park Lodge and accelerated the momentum and we began fulfilling a public need for creative expression by developing the Premier 1997 Memorial Day Juried Fine Arts Exhibit at the court house in Grafton WV. TCAC operated under the "umbrella" organization known as the Tygart Valley Development Authority. A few years later, the non-profit organization was incorporated by Amy Post and in 2005, following eight years of dedication, perseverance, and growth in membership, TCAC purchased "Gallery 62 West" from Lorna Vincent and Sarel Venter, another inspiring and creative couple. Today, the gallery continues to be wholly supported by volunteer services, donations, grants, fundraising and membership dues.
GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS of MONEY, TIME & SERVICES:
Kevin Stead and the City of Grafton in WV, the Taylor County Commission, Fairmont State University Dept. of Science and Technology, The WV Division of Culture and History, Pratt & Whitney, J. C. Penney, Dr. Scholl’s Shoes, Walmart (VAP), Mountain Statesman Newspaper, Toothman Ford, Dominion Post, Times West Virginian, Clarksburg Exponent, WBOY Channel 12, WDTV Channel 5 and many more.
*INDEPENDENT TCAC VERIFICATION, CREDITS, ARCHIVES & CONTACTS:
THEA & BLAINE PORTER:
U.S. Foreign Service Retired &
2 of 3 Founding TCAC Members & Former Presidents
CARMELLO TABONE: email@example.com
U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer Retired
Director of Art Therapy, Chestnut Ridge, Retired
Former Curator of Gallery 62 West
Former TCAC President
MOUNTAIN STATESMAN NEWSPAPER: (1996 and after archives)