CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Collectors Club members are mulling which of five pieces of art to buy for the permanent collection of the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences.
Arif Khan, the Mary Price Ratrie Curator of Art, presented the five candidates to club members May 22, giving the reasons why each piece would be a good addition to the collection.
The works are on display in the art gallery until May 30, when the club will meet at 6 p.m. to cast and count the ballots for the new purchase. Gallery visitors may vote on their favorite. The public can also cast their "people's choice" vote online on the Clay Center's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/claycenter.
The Collectors Club is a group of individuals who contribute $300 annually to the club to use for purchasing art for the museum's permanent collection and for special programs or speakers. Some years, the club has saved enough to buy a work by a more prominent artist; other years pieces by lesser-known artists are bought.
And occasionally, members on their own buy a piece that wasn't the club's selection. That happened again last year, Khan said, when several members chipped in and bought "Return of Saturn," a ceramic and steel sculpture by Rose B. Simpson.
This year's selections were all chosen during a visit in early May to Philadelphia by Kahn and 14 members of the 100-member club. Khan visited the Philadelphia galleries earlier and picked 26 works for the group to view. The list was narrowed to five, and Khan provided summaries of each.