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A Special Delivery – M’s Canvashouse

My friend, Meredith owns a business in Lexington, KY, called M’s Canvashouse, which supplies hand painted canvas designs and anything else you could need for needlepoint.

She works with all kinds of artists; including Charlie Harper (one of my favorites!) and …..Ken Swinson!

M’s Canvashouse has a wonderful new space…a beautiful store and showroom (not pictured) and great workroom

She recently moved to a new building, and needed a painting for her new office! The walls in her office are pink. What better place for ” Here, Birdy birdy”!

I love it when I get to deliver a painting in person (especially big art). It’s very exciting to see my painting in it’s new home.

painting of a yellow cat with birdhouse in pink office

Thank you Meredith, for supporting my art; bringing it into your home and workplace, collaborating with me, and inspiring me with the possibilities of builidng a successful creative business.

ken swinson and meredith willett
Ken and Meredith

Stitchers! if you haven’t already visited her new shop, pay her a visit the next time you are in Lexington.

M’s Canvashouse new building!

Or visit online: www.mscanvashouse.com

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Reduction Printmaking With John Painter

My friend John came to visit. We are both artists, and spent most of the visit making prints. We made reduction linocuts: a technique where we use the same block for more than one color. We start with the lightest color, print it, then cut the block to design the second color. If all goes well, and we line the blocks correct, we have a beautiful 2 color design. These are particularly unique because; once we switch colors, it’s impossible to print that color’s design ever again. Limited edition!

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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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New Gallery – River Scenes

I’m hard at work with the website’s update/refresh, and wanted to give you all a heads up that I my new gallery featuring river scenes is live on the website. You can find the gallery by using the ‘Gallery’ menu on the website.

I’ll be out of the studio for the next couple of days. Enjoy the river art, and stay tuned for some travel posts, and more website updates once i get home.

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Here, Birdy Birdy

I just finished this portrait of my cat, his name is Here. He’s a sweet cat, but unfortunately, a birder–he’s also lazy, and will try anything to keep from having to work so hard.

The original is a 24×30″ acrylic on canvas. Because of the size, If you live within 100 miles of Maysville, KY. I will hand deliver your painting. if i need to ship by USPS, there is still no charge, but the canvas will be removed from the canvas, and shipped in a tube.

Prints are also available if you or someone you love is a cat/art lover.

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I don’t take photos on the best days at the print shop

Have you ever been so engaged enjoying a moment that you forgot to take your camera out to ‘document’ the experience? That’s what happened this Saturday at the Log Cabin Print Shop!

Rachel Bollman printing with the old time cast iron press

I love it when it happens, but wish I had more pictures to share the day after.

Alycia and Dustin printing with the big Wood Foose press

We had a full house with 4 people cranking art through both of our presses!

inking linocuts

Ripley, OH artist, Rachel Bollman crossed the river to print with us.

Rachel Bollman

From Carter County, KY artist, Dustin Cecil

Dustin Cecil

brought his artist friends Alycia (the geography lady)and Blake from Philidelphia

Blake and Alycia

Thanks everyone for printing with us at yhe log cabin, we had a great time!

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Gallery Update

This week, I’ve made some updates to the online gallery

I uploaded the paintings from my study in Oaxaca, Mexico

Aslo, I have finished a few large acrylic on Canvas paintings

I more large paintings on the easel at the studio, and hope to have them ready to share soon, so please stay tuned!