"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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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

 
 
 

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