As usually happens at successful activities, I was too busy making prints to take any of my own photos. Lucky for me, there were lots of photographers at the event, and I can share photos through the lens of their cameras. Please let me know if I misspelled anyone’s name, or if you would like your photo to link to website. Thank you for sharing!
For the last 2 years, artists and farmers have met at Sunflower Sundries to create a farm day for the children at Camp Discovery.
The children have a variety of farm based activities. Many involve making their lunch using things that grow on the farm. They pick berries, rhubarb and eggs. They also grind cornmeal and make cornbread.
I volunteer to do a printmaking activity where I walk the children through the farm, we identify different types of leaves, and then make 3 different kinds of prints using a press.
I just finished a big and important project, and am ready for another art adventure. It starts today, and here are the details.
I am going to ride my bicycle along the Ohio River from Maysville, KY until I reach Paducah. From Paducah, I plan to follow the TN/KY border across the state until I reach the Daniel Boone National Forest. I will cycle north through the forest, making a giant loop through most of the great state of Kentucky.
While on this trip, my goal is to travel slow. I plan to stop often and make a lot of art while on the trip. I have been on a few long distance bike trips, and it’s easy to get obsessed with miles-traveled-per-day and miss out on the reason for taking the trip in the first place!
I’m in Ripley, OH today, it’s been chilly. I’m going to camp somewhere between here and Georgetown, OH so I can hit Mycle’s Cycles (the only place I take my bike) tomorrow, followed by a day in Augusta, KY.
EAT Gallery features jewelry from goldsmiths from across America. All items of jewelry are one-of-a-kind and are hand fabricated in gold, platinum, silver and other precious metals. They also showcase rare and unusual gemstones and pearls from around the globe.
Last month, I did a printmaking activity at Sunflower Sundries. The farm hosted a ‘day at the farm’ for the kids at ‘Camp Discovery’. Camp Discovery is a special summer camp program for Maysville’s youth.
One objective for the different activities was to teach the children to enjoy nature. They had a chance to pick berries and make jam, walk in the woods and write poetry.
My activity was walking through the farm to look and learn about different leaves. We picked a few leaves, then used the press to make 3 different types of prints.
If you plan an outdoor activity, it is probably going to rain. It rained off and on the whole day at the farm. We picked leaves in the rain, then made prints in the farm’s shop.
Rather than dampen our spirits, the weather was an exciting addition to the activity. Nothing makes you feel like a kid, the way playing in the rain with a busload of children does.
Thank you Carol Marnell for the wonderful photographs!
sorry for the late notice, because tomorrow, Thursday April 21st is an event you don’t want to miss. I’ll be participating at O’Bryonville’s Walk On The Wild Side. Every month, the neighborhood businesses, have extended hours, special , and portions of sales go to a great cause.
This month’s cause is UCAN United Coalition of Animals. I will be at my favorite O’Bryonville shop, Indigenous, demonstrating relief printmaking. I created a special animal themed card especially for the occasion. 50% of proceeds will go to UCAN and help local animals.
so between 5-8pm, pay me a visit at Indigenous, buy a freshly made block print card, and help support a great cause!
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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.