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Upcoming printmaking exhibit at Appalshop

artists Ken Swinson and Lacy Hale at Appalshop

Printmaker, painter and muralist, Lacy Hale invited me to ehibit some of my printmaking work and artZines at the Appalshop gallery in Whitesburg, KY. I have been a fan of her work ever since meeting her online. Not only is her art beautiful and magical, it also has social conscious, and is closely tied to her community. She recently finished a mural for the 2nd Mountain Mural fest in Harlan, KY.

Lacy Hale Interview on wymt

She is interviewed as part of the news coverage of the event, and the story tells is a great example of why it’s so important to have art and artists in rural spaces. You can watch the MYMT segment here

mural in Whitesburg, KY
mural in Whitesburg, KY

As a rural artist, I’m interested in how we can help make a positive impact on our small towns. Whitesburg is an inspiring example of what is possible when creative people stay and make a positive change in their small towns.

Roundabout records whitesburg ky
Whitesburg has a record store and multiple live music venues
downtown whitesburg ky
busy downtown Whitesburg

For a small mountain town with only 2000 people, there’s a lot of creative type businesses, music venues, cafes and public art.

public art beside creek in whitesburg ky
public art beside creek

Most of the main street buildings were occupied, and my first impression was that it has a good energy, and is the kind of place I would want to visit again.

I had never visited Appalshop, but over my last 19 years as a Kentuckian, their documentaries have helped shape my understanding of our region.

analog film editing machine
analog film editing machine at Appalshop

I consider Appalshop to be a national treasure. For 50 years, they have used the power of arts and culture to create meaningful social and economic change in our region. It was a thrill to see their studio and to meet some of the people who make it happen.

Appalshop - Whitesburg, KY
Appalshop

Not only does Appalshop create documentaries — they also create filmmakers.

Across the street from their studio is another one of their programs: The Appalachian Media Institute (AMI).

Appalachian Media Institute- Whitesburg KY
Appalachian Media Institute

AMI is a community-based arts and education center offering training and resources for young creatives and filmmakers.

One of AMI’s editing rooms

The program has been helping young artists and filmmakers for over 30 years. The current program coordinator, Willa Johnson is an alumni of the program.

an artist/activist who i admire (Wendell Berry) painted by another artist/activist i admire (Misty Skaggs) hangs between 2 of AMI’s editing rooms

My printmaking exhibit will be at the Appalshop gallery from July 9 until August 22nd. I’m excited to announce that, at the closing of the exhibit (August 22), we are going to kick off our next artZine season by making one at AMI!

A great space to work and collaborate at AMI

This will be an opportunity for YOU to visit Whitesburg, and get to know some of it’s people–while making art together!

Our theme for Summer’s ArtZine is:


Art Makes the World Better by…


so go ahead and start working on your entries! See you in Whitesburg!

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ArtZINE – AUGUST 2018 – Warsaw, KY: LIFE TURNS FULL CIRCLE

August 30 th, 2018 was our 12th monthly artZINE in Sandy Hook, KY. Our theme was – Life Turns Full Circle We met at the Gallatin County Public Library in Warsaw, KY.  This artZINE #12 is significant because it completes our FIRST YEAR OF ARTZINE!  When we started this project, we had no idea of how many interesting people and places we would meet. Thank you everyone for participtating and sharing your talents!

If you’d like to download and print your own copy of the zine, a printable PDF of the zine, here’s a link to a printable PDF:  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtHTtTOFjtUTpjgERdR-Ec9GzyGk

Now that we have completed a full year, it’s with a little bit of sadness to let you know we are going to take a hiatus from our monthly artZINES. We need some time to analyze what we’ve learned this past year before restructuring and starting phase 2 of the artZINE project.

Here are the pages of #12. Click any of the images (or right here) to see/download/print all the pages from the zine (including the 12 different hand painted covers).

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ArtZINE – JULY 2018 – Sandy Hook, KY -HOME

July 25th, 2018 was our 11th monthly artZINE in Sandy Hook, KY. Our theme was – HOME. We met outdoor at Lakeside Elementary School in Elliot County, KY.  We were particularly excited to visit Sandy Hook because of it’s rich Folk Art Heritage. Here are the pages. Click any of the images (or right here) to see/download/print all the pages from the zine (including 10 different hand painted covers).

If you’d like to download and print your own copy of the zine, a printable PDF of the zine here: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtHTtTOFjtUTpiaHngxsXo7FzX-Z

Thanks everyone for participating! August’s artZINE will be in Warsaw, KY. On August 30th. The theme is: LIFE COMES FULL CIRCLE. You can get more information and RSVP at our facebook page: Click here to visit.

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artZINE June 2018 – Barboursville, WV – The Longest Day

June 21st, 2018 was our 10th monthly artZINE in Barboursville, WV. Our theme was – THE LONGEST DAY. We met outdoor at Barboursville Park, so the weather was not ideal, still we had a good turnout, and a great time. Here are the pages. Click any of the images (or right here) to see/download/print all the pages from the zine (including 10 different hand painted covers).

If you’d like to download and print your own copy of the zine, a printable PDF of the zine here: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtHTtTOFjtUTpSayhPHharQKTZvA

Thanks everyone for participating! July’s artZINE will be in Sandy Hook, KY. We are still waiting to confirm the date and location.

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artZINE May2018-Mt. Sterling, KY – NEVER AGAIN

May 31st, 2018 was our  9th monthly Art Zine in Mt. Sterling, KY. Our theme was – NEVER AGAIN. Here are the pages. Click any of the images (or right here)to see /download/print all the pages from the zine (including the 15 different hand painted covers).

If you’d like to download and print your own copy of our zine, a printable PDF of the zine here: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtHTtTOFjtUTpRCLqZdp-dmWU8zh

thanks everyone for participating! June’s ArtZINE will be in Barboursville on the 21st at Barboursville Park (Shelter #3) our theme is ‘THE LONGEST DAY’

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Save The Date – May 31st – ArtZINE:Mt.Sterling, KY

save the date- May’s ArtZINE will be May31st in Mt. Sterling, Ky at the Montgomery County Public Library

The theme for May’s ArtZINE is: NEVER AGAIN

The idea for the ArtZine project is for artists (particularly those who live in small towns) to get to know each other by visiting each other’s communities, and making a self published magazine together. We are particularly excited to have the chance to visit Mt. Sterling, because it is a small town with an already thriving art and zine culture. The Gateway Regional Arts Center, located in Mt. Sterling, publishes the art/literary zine: uncommon Grackle.

To participate in ArtZINE, create your entry to the ‘zine before the meet up:
Take a sheet of letter sized paper, and fold it in half. That is the size of our zine. You can put whatever you want inside. it can be a drawing, poem, short story, photograph, collage, crossword puzzle, anything– We’ll have computers and a scanner available to put it in the layout.

You can look at the artZINE’s photo albums to see examples of previous entries.

On the day of the event, we will meet each other in person at the library, and work together to create the ‘zine covers, print and assemble the ‘zine.

The activity is free and open to the public, all skill levels and types of art are welcome to join us.
all participants get their own copy.
Bring a lunch

If you are on facebook, you can follow this link for more information, and to RSVP:

https://www.facebook.com/events/181332709252893/

See you there!

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ArtZINE April 2018-Rabbit Hash, KY

April 23, 2018 was our  8th monthly Art Zine in Rabbit Hash, KY. Our theme was – I REMEMBER WHEN. Here are the pages. Click any of the images (or right here)to see /download/print all the pages from the zine (including the 26 different hand painted covers).

If you’d like to download and print your own copy of our zine, a printable PDF of the zine here: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AtHTtTOFjtUTpAXO4oRsmRZQrPK6

thanks everyone for participating! May’s ArtZINE will be in Mt. Sterling, KY  (date and location still TBD) our theme is ‘NEVER AGAIN’

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April ArtZine: Rabbit Hash, KY – preview

We just completed our 8th ArtZine. Since September, we have visited a different small town to make a magazine about a different theme. Monday, April 23rd, we met in the Rabbit Hash Historical District to create work around the theme: I remember when…

There was an overwhelming turnout (over 26 participants!) From different parts of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. It’ll take a few days until we publish the online edition, but here is a short (less than 2 minute) video preview. It features some of the different hand painted covers, as well as this month’s entries.