This art exhibit is “Keen”


By Amanda Amsel

Staff Writer

A local father and son are joining forces in an effort to showcase their breathtaking artwork.

Jim Keen of London and Tom Keen of South Charleston, Ohio, are partnering to present some of their original artwork at the Gallery on High.

The exhibit will run from Feb. 3-28 at the gallery, 5 E. High St. in London.

“The exhibit will feature everything from stained glass lamp shades to oil paintings to woodturning pieces,” said Jim Keen. “We will have over 50 different pieces at the exhibit.”

Jim Keen, who is a retired farmer, specializes in stain glass and oil paintings. His son, Tom, specializes in woodturning, which involves taking a piece of wood and using specialized machinery to turn the wood into items like bowls, platters and table legs.

“After I retired I took up painting and creating stain glass as a hobby,” Jim Keen said. “I can’t really explain why I had a urge to do it, it was just something I was interested in and I was pretty good at it.”

Jim Keen is just short of his 90th birthday and still continues to create works of art that decorate his home. His son, who is 62, recently took up woodturning.

“I am not sure where his urge to start doing woodturning came from, one day he just told me he was interested in taking it up as a hobby,” Jim Keen said. “His work is very good and is impressive for someone who has no formal training.”

This will be the first time the father and son will have an exhibit together, however Jim Keen has exhibited at the gallery in the past.

“I am a part of the group who helped create the gallery, which is something I am very proud of,” Jim Keen said. “When trying to determine a exhibit for February, organizers approached my son and I and suggested we do an exhibit together and we agreed that it would be an interesting idea.”

Both men create their original pieces of art out of their home, finding inspiration in the everyday activities of life.

The pieces at the exhibit will not be for sale, but if someone is set on purchasing an item there may be some exceptions.

“I have never tried to sell any of my pieces, I don’t do this to make a living,” Jim Keen said. “This is just a pastime I have and something that I enjoy doing.”

To kickoff the exhibit, a reception will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 6 at the gallery. The reception is open to the public and will feature wine and appetizers.

The Gallery on High is free to the public and is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays; 5-8 p.m. on Fridays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.

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