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Newport branch of Campbell Library hosts ‘Lineillism Revealed’ traveling exhibition of J.C. Hall’s creations

Campbell County Public Library is honored to host “Lineillism Revealed,” a traveling exhibition showcasing the groundbreaking paintings of the late Jim “J.C.” Hall at the Newport Branch from Friday, May 18 through June 22.

Venice at Night by Jim “J.C.” Hall. According to Lineillism Revealed creator Steve Oldfield, it’s one of Mr. Hall’s last works and depicts the Rialto Bridge in Venice, which was one of Hall’s favorite places.

When Hall, a local artist, suffered an intense attack of shingles in 2000, it caused him to see in vertical lines. He began painting what he saw and, in the process, created a new art technique, “Lineillism.” The technique uses vertical lines to create an image. Each acrylic painting took more than a month to complete and often require more than 500,000 brush strokes. Hall passed away in 2017.

The exhibit begins with an opening reception 6-8:30 pm Friday, May 18 and will feature a special screening of the award-winning documentary Lines of Sight, presented by film and exhibit creator Steve Oldfield, a Bellevue native. The screening begins at 6:30 p.m. on the main level of the Newport branch and is followed by an opportunity to tour the exhibit in the lower level. Refreshments will be served.

Registration is required for the reception.

The exhibit, which is partially funded by ArtsWave, includes 10 original Lineillism paintings, two original paintings by Hall in other styles, two 70-year-old works he had painted as a boy and artifacts from his former home studio. The exhibit is open to the public through Friday, June 22, at the following times:

 1-7 p.m. Fridays (except for the May 18 opening reception);
 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays;
 1-5 p.m. Sundays (except May 27).

There’s no need to register during regular exhibition hours.

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