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8B The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, August 30, 1990 New Employees At International Ross Hanna, An Artist 'New Classic' A local aspiring painter has recently been termed by collec- tors to become in the next ten years "a premiere American art- ist," Ross Hanna, a-native of Greenbrier County, exhibited his first two paintings at the Raven- wo{Kt Gallery in downtown Le- wisburg where they were bought in a matter of days by art investors. This represents quite an accomplishment for a young painter in this, a somewhat lim- ited art market. The twenty-four year old fa- ther of two has been interested in art for most of his life, but didn't begin his work in oils un- til the age of fifteen. Acting on his own initiative, Hanna delved into art with extensive self-study and experimentation with tools of the trade. This talented stu- dent continued his education by participating m seminars at the Huntington Gallery of Fine Art including classes in portraiture with Adele Thorton Lewis, the official portrait artist to Presi- dent Jimmy Carter and Gover- nor Jay Rockefeller. Further- more, he was placed in graduate classes at Marshall University because of his exceptional skill. Connie Scott, owner of the Ravenwood Gallery, said of Hanna "he is an artist with a lot of potential in the new-classic style. His work is gaining in popularity. Art collectors are asking to see his pieces as they colne in," The quiet perfectionist, who has works in priw te collections in five states, attributes 17th cen- tury painters Diego Vela'zquez and Peter Paul Reubens with being the two primary influ- ences on his work. "Everybody wants to make a stable financial career. I'm just interested in painting to express myself." Hanna observed. His wife Ra- chel added, "It was a real step of faith for Ross to devote all of his time to his painting career, but it has paid off." Although a future dream is to attend the Schuler School of Art in Baltimore, his immediate de- sire is to support his family. However, he continues to pur- sue his painting career through avid reading and obtaining in- struction from local professional artists, In fact, his latest painting, "Composition with Yellow Ochre", is now on display at the Ravenwood Gallery. Anyone wishing to commission a por- trait or portrait sketch from Hanna may contact him through the Ravenwood Gallery. As a counselor at Seneca the ability to do much belier. Mental health in Lewisburg, I Some teens may constantly stay spend a lot of time talking witt! out past their curfew. Some teenagers. The topics of our con- teens may constantly get into versations cover a wide range of trouble with the law, with school subjects; from drug abuse, (hiMor with their family members. abuse, alcohol abuse and sui- Many more teens will mn away cide to problems at work, prob-fronl home, abuse or become lems at school, problems with addicted to drugs or alcohol, be- parents and problems wilh boy- come teenage parents or may at- friends and girlfriends. I alsotempt suicide. spend a lot of time lalkmg withAdults who fail to comnmni- young people away from my jot).care with teens also experience It's interesling to hear what feelings of loneliness, anger and young people think, l~'el and be- fiustralion, as well as hopeless- lieve. In talking with young hess. /ks with teens, these adults people 1 have come 1o two con sllow their feelings in a nun~ber clusions. I have conelude(t that of different ways. Some adults young people are not as dumb tx'y to be more strict with teens as they would like evewone (o than necessary. Some adulls ~- believe they are. 1 have also con- low the police or social service chided that the major problem agencies to handle their problein facing young people in this area teens for them. In an effort to is the lack of commtmication be- control their children, some par- {ween leena~ers and (hose who ents may resort to child abuse, are in the position of audlority: spousal abuse or put their chit- parents, teachers, ministers and dren out of their homes before adults in general. Of course, their child is ready to make it on lhroughout tile history of the their own. Some adults corn- world there has been a "contain- pletely wash their hands of the nication gap" or a "generation siluation only to later find them- gap" between adults and leens selves visiting a prison or drug so my conclusions should not rehab to see a neglected teen. surprise anyone. However, I am OIher adults who wash their wondering if anyone is really hands of the situation find paying attention to what is hap- Ihemselves attending a funeral peuing to teens and adults be- in order to say their final good cause one group fails to comlnu- byes to a teen they have failed to hi(ate with (he other, communicate with. Both teens and adults are Today, teens face many inore guilty of tile tailure to COIllllltllli- problems than teens laced ten or care. Many adults feel young twenty years ago. Today, being t>eople have nothing important an adult is much more complex to say. Many teens feel adulis than being an adult ten or don't care what thev are think-twenty years ago. hi both cases. .4ng or feeling. Un]'orlunately, the more teens and adults corn- when teens and adults fail to municate the easter it is to sort communicate lhe results are oul any problem. Woukln't il be usually negative. These resultsnice if teens and adults could range fi'onl mild to devastating conlmunicate with each other lor both teens and adtflts, more than they are doing now? "l~ens who lail to comnnmi- 11 nnghl .not work all the time ('ate with adults usually leel lost but it's belier than reading and alone or feel angry and l]'us- about a troubled teen in the (rated. These feelings are shown newspaper or going to a young through any number of ways. person's funeral. These teens may fail to do well in Next Week: Communication school even thouKh they have Skills Jack Humphreys Jack Humphreys of Hinton has been named truck sales manager for Mountain International Trucks of Lewisburg, Beckley and Char- leston. Mr Humphreys graduated from Concord College with a B. S. Degree in Business Administra- tion. He has been with Mountain International since 1986 and has earned the "Triple Diamond Sales Club" award from Navistar Inter- national for the past three years. Mr Humphreys has over 15 years experience in the heavy duty truck industry. Mary Beth Hatcher Mary Beth Hatcher recently joined Mountain Insurance Agency, as an account executive. Mountain Insurance operates in conjunc- tion with Mountain International Trucks of Lewisburg, Beckley and Charleston. Mrs Hatcher is li- censed for all lines of insurance and has over 15 years' experi- ence in the insurance industry. She and her husband, Rusty, own Alpha Music in Lewisburg. They live in Ronceverte with their two sons, Joe and Jimmie. 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Later, John Ber to go to "greater with Theater West Beckley (producers of* & McCoys" and Rock" -- West Virgini cial outdoor Soon the little moved to a barn or~ property north of became known as Valley Student Maybe this was the igniled the youth, and their enerk~ to the stage. "ltm next Mad Irishman, ity. Wayne moved the ~o Carnegie Hall in Thus finding the wandering lovers c Perhaps, the bl the moment, was Smith. After calllBg meeting in the Mr Smith stood uPl "Let us build a the following spring, just thai. The Barn was built/ field next to the Icy Airport. Then effort on the part bers, the task was From nails to rare hnnber, the parade made their way to site. Used wood froI~ serted churches, old lumber mill mingled to form the In the spring of would open their first lime, with Park." Then l]llmg capacity, thev oul crowd (or Roofl" While in the on a working in at the Old Barn. was greeted with and busy newcomers, Yes, over the sands of potential cling stars, and ences, have en phere of the Barn. two seasons have hundred and ten crease, o,r nlore. I pel very impressed with ful changes the new Director, man. He not only life and promise was instrumental much needed facelifl (tent giant, g~ As the Greenbrier i~ alre enters its twerllY'i'~ son, you are invited t0J'~ ffolicing fun. They a~a{1%! a special Silver celeU.)~l gust 31, at eight o'ct;] ! evening. They will ~ ] their Siher Season 0~j|" sion. You will not Wll~]| the gala. Come pret the refreshments, ment, and The Greenbrier is the oldest re theater of its gtnia. If you want to see ter is all about, if "stars" for a few sibly walk away "llmusand Dollar then join in the August 3 I.