CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nitro lawyer Harvey Peyton has been collecting and sharing his art collection for many years.
This tradition continues with an art show at the Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse, where he is showing 42 works from a variety of 20th-century American art, including New Deal art, contemporary art, African-American art and art by West Virginians.
"Harvey Peyton is a true art collector and a true art educator. He has a passion for art," said Terry Deppner, clerk of the U.S. district court. "He shares his knowledge about art and helps people love art by giving us perspective and understanding. He makes you feel you are there with the artist. He and Jennifer have been so generous with sharing their collection."
Peyton said his interest in art is longstanding. "I was always interested in art. My grandmother was an artist ... My father was musical. My mother liked art and when I finally got some money, I started buying art. I've made some good friends through art."
As he walked through the show, Peyton said collecting art has been an interesting pastime for him and his wife. "She has a good eye. We've built a gallery in the house for our collection."
He divided his collection on display at the courthouse in to various categories, including "The Art of Social Conscience" and "Art and the Federal Government."
Peyton will guide a walkthrough of the art collection from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 19. He and the Clay Center Collectors Club will host a reception from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 for members and prospective members at the federal courthouse.
"The goal of the reception is to create enthusiasm for the Collectors Club. It's fun. You can do a lot of activities in the club," Peyton said, describing trips to New York City and visits to various art galleries and museums.