This paper trail leads directly to Keny Galleries in German Village.

"A Passion for Paper: American Masterworks (1880-1980)" will be displayed from Friday, Sept. 28, through Nov. 2 at the gallery, 300 E. Beck St.

"A lot of important works throughout history have been done on paper," said Tim Keny, who co-owns and co-founded the gallery with his brother, Jim.

About 50 pieces, including watercolors, lithographs, etchings and pastels, will be part of the exhibit, Tim Keny said.

"It's a big part of what we do," he said. "We sell the works to museums and private collections across the country."

Many people think oil and canvas is the truest representation of art and artistic talent, Keny said, when in many instances art on paper is "every bit as difficult and far more complex."

The Kenys started their gallery in 1980 specializing in American artists between 1880-1940. More recently, they've begun exploring American artists who work in the medium of paper.

Keny said the exhibit will provide a broad-ranging show along the likes of Gustave Baumann, Andrew Wyeth and Winslow Homer. Ohio artists include Alice Schille, George Bellows, Ray Kinsman-Waters and Emerson Burkhart.

An opening ceremony will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. For reservations, email rsvp@keny or call 614-464-1228.

The exhibit is available for viewing from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and by appointment only on weekends.

"This gives (patrons) an opportunity to see at least 12 media-represented artists in this exhibition," Tim Keny said.

"We tried to pull together some superstars," Jim Keny said, "and we're excited to have some works from lesser-known artists as well."