"The Hills" Opens at the Pump House

An annual art competition, "The Hills," runs through this month at the Pump House Center for the Arts.


Michael Mankin won best of show, with what originally was a photo of birds on a wire. He said he put it through several computer editing programs until it is almost unrecognizable as a photo.

Mankin says he's taking traditional photography into the next realm, and says it's not just photography, but is "digital imaging."


A father-and-daughter team won first place with a passive kinetic sculpture. Don Russel explained the wooden outline figure balancing on an acrobat's swing, which he made from four layers of veneer wood soaked with glue and wrapped around a mould overnight.

A slight breeze will set the figure and swing moving.

Deb Russel says she named it "Mind Bending" because it needed a creative name and it bent her mind.


Kingston National Bank has been sponsoring the awards for The Hills, and Susan Gearhart presented them this year.

Artists are eligible for "The Hills" if they live within a 75-mile radius of Chillicothe, and Gearhart says the bank with six branches likes to support their area, which approximates that.


Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture



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