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Printmaking at Harlan Hubbard’s Studio – Ft. Thomas, KY

I was honored to have been invited to Harlan Hubbard’s Studio in Ft. Thomas for a fundraising activity to help maintain and restore the historic building.

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!


Photo by Randy Goodhew


Photo by Scott Beseler


Photo by Scott Beseler


Photo by Scott Beseler


Photo by Scott Beseler


Photo by Scott Beseler


Photo by Scott Beseler


photo by Rick Stegman


photo by Rick Stegman


photo by Rick Stegman

 


photo by Rosemary Topie


Photo by Dakota Phillips


Photo by Chuck Keller


Photo by Chuck Keller

 


Photo by Chuck Keller


photo by Mary Lou Keller


photo by Mary Lou Keller


photo by Mary Lou Keller


Photo by Del Tongret


Photo by Del Tongret


Photo by Del Tongret


Photo by Susan Ann Naylor


Photo by Angi Bowling Dill

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Printmaking at Sunflower Sundries

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For the last 2 years, artists and farmers have met at Sunflower Sundries to create a farm day for the children at Camp Discovery.

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using things that grow on the farm. 
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They pick berries, rhubarb and eggs.  
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They also grind cornmeal and
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make cornbread.

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I volunteer to do a printmaking activity where I walk the children through the farm, 
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and then make 3 different kinds of prints using a press.

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Mike Cowden from the Bluegrass Artisan Center helped with the printing.

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Megann Thomas from Fantasia Farms also helped with the press.

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Some serious hula hooping with Jennifer Gleason!

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And playing with garden carts.

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A nature hike and poetry activity with Jim Lally.

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And flower pressing with Sue Gorman.

I was too busy to photograph everything, but I promise, there were lots of smiling children (and grown ups)!

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Kentucky Wonderland

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I just finished a big and important project, and am ready for another art adventure. It starts today, and here are the details.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Art Adventure Kentucky Road Trip

Do you want to see some beautiful countryside, great artwork, and get a FREE gift?

Here’s 4 places to visit this spring:

1. the Augusta Art Guild in Augusta, KY.

I’m having a one-man-show Friday, May 6th from 6-9pm
watch the video for more information
the show is on display until April 22.

if you can’t see the video, follow this link:
http://www.youtube.com/embed/dP3kfYinMsA
 

2.  the Bracken County library in Brooksville, KY

To see the memorial mural for Makensie Hay-Youngman.  It is one of my greatest projects.  We are dedicating the mural Saturday, April 7th from 2-4pm.  It will be on permanent display.

You can read more about the project here:
Art Project Helps Family Cope With Loss-By Wendy Mitchell

 

3. The EAT Gallery in Maysville, 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.

more at their website:
eatGallery.com

 

4. The Bluegrass Artisan Center in Old Washington, KY

Opens after their winter break April 14!
Featuring paintings by Sue Gorman and sculpture by Megan Thomas

more at:
bluegrassArtisanCenter.com

 

I love all these places, and know you will too!

I made a map for you to download and print to guide you on your road trip.
(Click the map for a printable version)

When you visit each location, get your map stamped.  Collect all 4 stamps, and you get a free limited edition block print by Ken Swinson. 

This will be a special print, only available to road trippers…and maps must be filled out by June 2nd. 

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Printmaking At Sunflower Sundries

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Thank you Carol Marnell for the wonderful photographs!

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Local Produce + Bourbon + Photography

Lately, my neighbor Claudia Moose has been trying recipes for the Art Guild’s upcoming dinner/fundraiser.  This year’s theme is local produce with a taste of Kentucky Bourbon. 

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The bourbon theme is in celebration of the restoration of the historic (1876) Pogue Distillery in Maysville, KY.

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I had the good luck to help with the tasting while photographing the dishes.

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Even those who do not understand visual art, will enjoy the culinary artistry of this event.

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Dishes with fresh local produce
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…and be sure to save room for dessert!
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I used the photography to make these designs for a postcard and poster to promote the event

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Now that you are hungry, make a reservation with Claudia and help support the arts in our community!

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Fast And FURRY-ous

Last Thursday, I was at my favorite shop in O’bryonville (Indigenous) for a benefit/activity.  I made block prints, and we shared the proceeds from sales with Cincinnati’s United Coalition for ANimals

Here’s a short video about the event:

Follow this link if the video doesn’t appear:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MTiGl_6vJU

Sorry the audio wasn’t the best…there was a lot of background noise.

If you missed the chance to add a print to your collection, AND support a great cause; prints are still available for a limited time at my website:
http://www.kenswinson.com

Signed print, titled “Fast and Furry-ous”

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Walk On The Wild Side Thursday in O’Bryonville

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.

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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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