The City of Maysville is working to develop a cultural arts district to revitalize their downtown. We are using the local art guild’s website to have a discussion about the visual artist’s role in the project. Here is a direct link to the discussion:
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.
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!!
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.
After passing through Charleston, WV, I got off the interstate, and took the lesser roads to DC.
so I drove slow through the mountains and Shenendoah Valley, stopping along the way for sketching and taking photographs.
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.
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.
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
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Ken is a self-taught artist from rural Kentucky, whose work includes painting, printmaking, and pottery. He considers himself to be a 'lifetime learner' and he uses art as the vehicle to explore and learn more about the world around him. Much of his work reflect his optimistic views on rural folk culture, river life and simple pleasures.
You can visit Ken every Final Friday of the month at studio 400 at the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati. He can also be found picnicking near his home in the Historic Village of Old Washington, KY.