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UK Symphony Orchestra visits Maysville

The Washington Opera House Theatre keeps cranking out incredible performances!

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Friday, I enjoyed a great seat while the UK Symphony Orchestra performed in downtown Maysville.  I enjoy classical music in my studio, but nothing compares to hearing/seeing 20+ musicians performing together on stage.   

The concert was directed by John Nardolillo, included operatic performances by Maysville native, Catherine Clarke Nardolillo.   Followed by UK Opera’s Ellen Graham, and Metropolitan Opera star, Cynthia Lawrence.

The second half of the concert was a performance of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”.  The musical performance had me on the edge of my seat.  It was an explosion of instruments, complete with many strings, horns and drums.  

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If you missed the concert, you missed a great performance.  You also missed the announcement of my upcoming art project, a series of banners that will be unveiled May 7th during Maysville’s Art Walk, as part of Maysville’s Cultural Arts District.

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Two Works In Charcoal Selected For Special Exhibit

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Two of my latest charcoal drawings were selected for a special exhibit of Black and White artwork at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.  The show opens April 3rd and runs until August.  If you find yourself traveling on I-75, stop by and take a look.  They are available for sale, if you’re looking for something special to add to your collection.

If you’d like a closer look at the drawings, visit the new “Drawings” section of the gallery at my website:

http://www.kenswinson.com/gallery.html

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New Gallery Feature

For the past few months, my website has undergone major changes.  This coincides with changes taking place in my studio and personal life.

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The new gallery features my latest work in monotype. 
Please visit by following this link:

http://www.kenswinson.com/gallery.html

Thank you for any feedback.

While speaking of monotypes…The monotype for the Museum Center’s auction went well.  You can read about it (and see the finished piece) on my blog by following this link:

http://www.kenswinson.com/wordpress/?p=1068

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Monotype for the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center

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The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center has been a good supporter of the arts in our area, so I wanted to donate something really special for their annual fundraising auction.

I’m bringing my beloved press to the auction where I’ll print a monotype just seconds before it is auctioned…still wet. 

Today, I went downtown to sketch the museum and get an idea for the monotype. 

I spent the rest of the day working on the monotype.  It’s almost finished, and looks incredible!  It was a challenge working in ‘reverse’ on the plate, but I have a feeling the final piece is going to be amazing. 

028The monotype process is unique, because ink is REMOVED to create the image. (instead of added)  You can see a short movie example of how to create a monotype by clicking here.

I’m nervous, because I don’t like groups of people, and there is a possibility the monotype will not come out as expected. 

Please come to the auction tomorrow, March 5th, to see it created (and possibly win my latest/greatest work of art)…and most important, support the museum.  It’s a great cause.

Here’s the Museum Center’s website for more details:  www.kygmc.org

Update–

Auctioneer extraordinaire, Mike Thomas, did a great job of setting the stage to explain what was happening.  The print came out better than I expected.  See for yourself:

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I didn’t stay to watch the bidding on my print (it makes me uncomfortable) but it quickly went over $100 before the print even went through the press.  After breathing fresh air for a few minutes, I learned that the print sold for close to $500 to Claudia Moose. 

The print could not have a better home.  Claudia and her husband Jim have been great patrons of the arts and museum in Maysville…we are lucky to have them.