Fluent Fall 2017 Winter 2018

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50 Grit

Artist and professional house painter Chris Steffey created this art installation, “50 Grit,” at Shepherdstown, WV’s Town Run Tap House with everyday objects he’s saved for more than 10 years from his worksites­—paint brushes, roller naps and paint lids. The title of the installation combines his age and the tooth of a sandpaper. It’s his second such exhibit: On turning 36, he produced a similar work, “36 Grit.” The self-portrait “wave” incorporates paintings all done on recycled materials that include wood, a chair cushion and stretched canvases made of drop cloths. Steffey, who has a BFA from Shepherd University, says he likes combining his vocation and his avocation.