If you go
When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Downtown galleries
FYI: ArtWalk is a free, monthly event usually held the third Thursday from March to December. Downtown galleries remain open late and offer refreshments and sometimes entertainment.
Josh Bucy's job as a deckhand for Consol Energy River Operations affords many pretty views of the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers - and that gives plenty of inspiration for his artwork.
"I take sketchbooks with me and I'll draw out ideas after my shift's over. I like the way the water moves and I see some of the best sunsets you'll ever see out there," Bucy said. "The sky and the water are probably among the major influences for my artwork."
After seven days on duty, the Paden City resident gets seven days off, time he spends with his family including his 15-month-old son and painting.
Tonight's first downtown ArtWalk of the season includes a new exhibit of Bucy's work at The Art Emporium on Quarrier Street.
The series of abstracts, ranging in size from 6 inches square to 36 inches by 48 inches, indeed reflect Bucy's time spent on the water, with color and texture carefully applied.
His medium of choice, perhaps surprisingly, is good old acrylic enamel house paint, applied in layers.
He said if he's organized about the process, he can work on several paintings at a time, though the brand he uses tends to dry fast and if he gets distracted, he will mess up a work in progress.