"Art can be affordable. There's a lot you can do if you decide to collect art. Find an artist you really like and buy a lot of their work," Peyton recommended.
He continued, "Intrinsic value is way more valuable than monetary value. You never lie awake at night over something you bought. You lie awake at night over what you didn't buy."
Peyton has donated 30 works of art to WVU, including several pieces by West Virginia artist Blanche Lazzell. His contributions enabled the WVU art museum to be the holder of the largest public collection of her art.
For Thursday's events, contemporary Philadelphia artists Cavin Jones and Leroy Johnson will attend. Examples of their artwork are included in the collection, as is art by David C. Driskell and Jacob Lawrence, among the best-known 20th-century black American painters.
Peyton's courthouse show includes works by West Virginia artists Paula Clendenin, Barry Vance, George Snyder, Charles Jupiter Hamilton, Barrie Kaufman, June Kilgore, Susan Poffenbarger and Grace Martin Taylor.
Deppner explained that the Judiciary Fine Arts Program is an outreach effort for the community.
"It was started by Judge [Charles] Haden and continued by Judge [Joseph Robert] Goodwin. They didn't want people to be intimidated by the building and wanted people to feel welcome. They wanted to draw people into the building and felt art was a good way to do that. Art develops meaningful conversations with people. They wanted the artists to have a West Virginia connection," Deppner said.
The public may view the Peyton art collection at the federal building from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Sept. 30. Photo identification is required for admission to the courthouse.
Reach Judy E. Hamilton at judy.hamil...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.