ORVAG First Friday opening, ‘A Celebration of Art and Health for All’


Ohio River Artists Guild partners every August with the Mason County Health Coalition to present an exhibit on the Celebration of Art and Health. The exhibit opens on Friday, Aug. 3, 5-7 p.m. at the Cox Gallery located on the second floor of the Cox Building, 2 East Third St., Maysvill.

Every month, the First Friday event brings a new exhibit that features artists from the guild, community or around the country.

The Mason County Health Coalition was started in 2012. Their mission is to create a sustainable culture of health in our community by working together to make it easier for individuals to improve their well-being. There are currently four committees tackling health priorities in the community. KiCKit, (Knowledge to invest in Community through Intervention Training), is their substance abuse prevention committee. This group is focused on “empowering a community of health decision makers where individuals and industry can grow and thrive.” They encourage research based educational programs to all community partners that have access to kindergarten thru 12th grade students.

The Smoke-Free Partnership is dedicated to reducing the negative effects of second hand smoke. This committee encourages smoke-free workplaces and other policies that reduce the public’s likelihood of breathing second hand smoke. The third committee, Safe Communities, is focused on attaining the Safe Communities designation for our area. Its focus is on injury prevention through “engaging local partners who care about safety, using data to identify leading causes of injury, making a plan to address the issues using proven methods and measuring success.” The last committee, the Healthy Behaviors and Lifestyles, is dedicated to overall health and well-being, especially physical activity, good mental health, and a balanced diet.

The exhibit will feature artwork provided by the Mason County Health Coalition and members of ORVAG. Many of the pieces of art will center around fruit, vegetables, farm scenes and still-lifes. One still life by color pencil artist, Cheryl Metzger, has her grandmother’s antique pitcher in it with pears. Another piece of art by oil painter, Marilyn Lutsik, features asparagus with pears and tulips. Michael Enzweiler never disappoints people with his creations made out of barn wood. Stop by and see his slice of watermelon. The Coalition will be providing examples of healthy refreshments for you to enjoy. The exhibit is truly a celebration of Art and Health!

ORVAG is pleased to host “The Celebration of Art and Health” exhibit at the Cox Gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit is on display until Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the ORVAG Art Gallery, located on the second floor of the Cox Building, 2 East Third St., Maysville. The gallery is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon – 4 p.m. Please enter through the ORVAG gift shop located on the first floor. If you are unable to come when the gallery is open, please contact Dee Werline, 513-314-1175, to make other arrangements.

ORVAG is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to support area artists, both with peer group and outside educational opportunities; to promote arts within the community and area; plan and execute various outreach programs that include guild members, students and other organizations promoting the arts and enhancing the local environment. This event is made possible in part by the Hayswood Grant and the Kentucky Arts Council.