ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College student Marquis Allen of Providence Forge, Va., had the first sale of the Student Visual Art Exhibit at the Randolph County Community Arts Center Friday evening. His acrylic and marker creation titled “Nubia” was purchased by Scott Blevin, a former resident of Elkins now living in Oklahoma.
Allen’s inspiration for the piece came from various sources – vinyl album covers from the 1970s and 1980s, Kehinde Wiley art and advertisements for black hair care products.
“It was intended to be a design for a shirt, but it turned out looking pretty nice, so I mounted it to a canvas, and figured I'd put it in the show,” Allen said. “I can assure you I didn't expect it to sell, and am super happy that it did. I guess the lesson to take from that would be not to judge your art so harshly. Take a chance on yourself, you might wind up being surprised.”
Blevin plans to give the painting to his daughter and has agreed to allow it to hang throughout the remainder of the show concluding March 23. He is the son of former longtime Augusta Heritage Center Director Margo Blevin.
The 83-piece exhibit includes the works of more than 30 D&E students and a solo exhibition by Associate Professor of Art and Division of Creative Arts Chair Michael Doig.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.
Photo Caption: Davis & Elkins College student Marquis Allen, right, finalizes the sale of his work “Nubia” to former Elkins resident Scott Blevin.