Pat Cross art juried into Crosscurrents exhibit.

Now in its 42nd year, the annual Crosscurrents fine art exhibition displays the top talent of artists living in the Ohio Valley region which covers many counties in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. As one of the most distinguished annual shows, Crosscurrents displays up to 100 artworks in various genre including painting, drawing and sculpture ranging anywhere from highly-developed classical techniques to wildly innovative abstract pieces. The Juror for this year’s exhibition, Renee Margocee, brings decades of curating experience and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts.

Among the chosen artworks, the Juror selected River Rock Garden, an original oil painting by Pat Cross. In this piece, the river waterline recedes to reveal the otherwise hidden features of shapely stones and boulders with all their textural glory. “I call it a garden due to the impact of the seasonal changes on the place,” says Pat Cross, adding, “It represents a most powerful allure to natural waterways.” For many decades, Pat Cross gravitates to places of reflective and moving waters for the visual refreshment that often leads to an urge to paint or draw the experience. “I hope to carry that torch of inspiration from a particular site to the easel and then out to the viewing public with my exhibited artwork,” says Pat Cross. Like many artists, Pat Cross desires to add meaning and encouragement in the lives of others, to make a positive impact on the community.

You can see this artwork River Rock Garden by Pat Cross along with dozens of others by her contemporaries in the exhibit Crosscurrents held at the Stifel Fine Art Center from May 13 through July 3, 2021 at 1330 National Road in Wheeling, WV located just off exit 2B of 1-70. Or, call the Stifel Fine Art Center at (304) 242-7700 for more information.