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running a week behind – opening at doodles

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sorry folks, It’s been a busy week, and I haven’t been so good at keeping my posts up to date.  I am a little better at posting on facebook, so if you are on that network, here’s the link to my profile…add me as a friend!

I’ll get caught up, but a lot has happened, so get ready for a handful of posts in the couple of days.

OK, here’s what happened last week…

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Last week was the 6”x6” and 12”x12” show opening at doodles gallery in Flemingsburg.  Brenda Flynn, artist and gallerist, was a great hostess to a fun group of local artists, including…

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Betsy Baltzer, with her beautiful cats in interference acrylic (the 2 cats in the red chair are my cats, Fido and Rover)

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Mike Wagner, with his country style oil paintings

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Stephen Hayes and his film photography (darkroom…not photoshop)

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Jennifer Beckett and her musical acrylic paintings (newly moved to the area from Tennessee)

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Keith Jones’ whimsical, mini-mouse sculptures.     

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Jeff Hensley

I made it home in time for Jeff Hensley’s exhibit, "black barns" at Artcroft.
Jeff’s awesome show featured paintings, sketches, sculptures and photos inspired by Kentucky’s classic black barns. Artrcoft is off the beaten track, but the crowd came out and the gallery was packed the entire show.
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I was able to get this pic of Jeff with Artcroft founders, Robert and Maureen Barker.

During the show, I walked with friends to the barn to visit Shirley and her newborn babies.  The brown and white baby goat burrowed deep in the hay bales, got stuck, and was missing for days.  We were all afraid that we lost the baby until it was rescued.  I took a little video of the hungry baby being reunited with it’s mama.  If you don’t see the video above, you can see it on youtube using this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ70Gq2_518

Thanks Jeff, Artcroft and Shirley for such a great day!!

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Spring On The Road

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I decided to cross the mountains and visit my sister and a friend who is in the hospital.  The interstate is convenient when you need to get somewhere quickly, but you miss out on experiencing the real landscape of the area. 

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After passing through Charleston, WV, I got off the interstate, and took the lesser roads to DC. 

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I’m not on any deadline (other than returning home in time for Jeff Hensley’s art show at Artcroft),

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so I drove slow through the mountains and Shenendoah Valley, stopping along the way for sketching and taking photographs.

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In DC, I visited my friend, a talented artist and playwright who is in the hospital.  While we visited, I had the opportunity to sketch her portrait. thePlaywright      

FYI, I am planning another slow drive home, and will be working along the way.  I have been using my cell phone to upload photos and sketches to my Facebook profile  Add me as a friend if you would like to see the work while I create it.

Also,

Sunday, April 5th from 2-6 is Jeff Hensley’s Exhibit at Artcroft.  If you haven’t met Jeff, he is an amazing artist who has been working on a series celebrating Kentucky’s black barns.  You can get more information and a sneak peek of his work at his website:
www.jeffhensley.com

This is also a rare opportunity to visit Artcroft,  a beautiful farm that offers a residency program for writers and artists.   It is usually closed to the public, in order to give the artists/writers a creative environment.  You can learn more about Artcroft at their website:
www.artcroft.org