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 ArtsPlace Gallery, one of Lexington's premier visual arts galleries, is dedicated to showcasing high quality works by Kentucky artists. Throughout the annual series, art of many genres and mediums are explored, curated and exhibited.

 

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EXHIBIT  |  MARCH 6 - APRIL 30

ARTS SHOWCASE WEEKEND OPENING  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 6  |  6-8PM

GALLERY HOP  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 20  |  5-8PM

The concept of a Freedom Summer in Mississippi originated with the group Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) and was realized with the leadership of Robert Moses, Field Secretary of Mississippi for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) soon after the August 1963 March to Washington culminating in Dr. King’s historic “I have a dream” address. Coast to coast recruiting on college campuses enabled the project to start in the summer months of 1964.  I was born in the spring of 1964.  
          Before the immersion in Mississippi’s caustic culture though, nonviolent training was required on the campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  This is where I had my undergraduate training in art. Shamefully, I was never aware of this historic training ground until way past my years on campus.
          The main purpose of Freedom Summer was to increase voter registration among African American Mississippians.  Freedom Schools were established to educate young African American children about the accomplishments of  black citizens that had been left out of the history lessons in regular school.  Finally, in cooperation with COFO, a new organization was established, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, to represent disenfranchised African Americans at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City to reflect a more truly representative party.  Fifty years later, the reverberation is still felt from Freedom Summer.  Presenting some of the actualities of that summer is a commemoration project that will serve as an educational tool for the public, as well as a way of marking my half century.  Painting social commentary narratives is what I seem to do.
 
          -Artist Cynthia Ryan Kelly
Acknowledgments:
Riding on the backs of others’ research and collections...Bruce Watson, Doug McAdam, Archives of COFO, CORE, SNCC and the Wisconsin Historical Society, especially Michael Edmonds, who served as liaison in procuring information.
Kentucky Foundation for Women...supplementing this project with an artist’s enrichment grant.
Griffin Van Meter and The Modern Motel, Frankie York of New Editions Gallery,  Mark Sweazy of Hockensmith’s Fine Art Editions Gallery, Warren Byrom, Graddy Johnson, Mary Rezny, Monica Church, Betsy Neale, and a slew of other family and friends for ongoing support.
All the activists of 1964 - especially Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Victoria Gray, Diane Nash, Robert Moses, James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Micky Schwerner, Sally Belfrage, Alicia Kaplow - those brave enough to act on what they believe is the right thing to do, even in the midst of bombings (over 70), beatings (over 80), arrests (over 1000) and murders (3). The world is a better place.
Finally, a note of condolence to the families of James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, Freedom Summer activists who were horrendously murdered on the first day of the program, but whose deaths were not confirmed for six weeks.  And also to the families of Charles Eddie Moore, Henry Hezekiah Dee, Herbert Oarsby and the five others whose bodies were discovered by the FBI in their search for James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. 

 


 

OF THE EARTH: DARRELL ISHMAEL AND SCOTT ROSS

EXHIBIT  |  JANUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 28

GALLERY HOP  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 16  |  5-8PM

The confluence of nature and human emotion is explored in this dual exhibit by celebrated Kentucky artists, ceramist Scott Ross and painter Darrell Ishmael. The massive, yet intimate, nature of Ross's sculptures juxtaposed with the textural composition and luminosity of Ishmael's works validate the agrarian vision of the exhibit.

Darrell Ishmael, a native Kentuckian raised in rural landscape, has spent his life roaming the fields and hills receiving inspiration for his artistic endeavors, leading tot the utilizations of natural materials such as Appalachian coal, Kentucky River sand, and limestone. These materials create unique textures and form the basis for his dynamic and energetic work.
Scott Ross' sculptures, built of solid clay, wood and metal, are brought into being by the actions of making an expressive mark through the addition and subtraction of material. The natural surfaces are enriched by long duration firings that entail degrees of intimacy and care through extended hours tending the kiln. The pieces are a visual record of the connection between physicality of emotion, interior space of the self, and the care one must take in such pursuits.

 

Balzac
Tempest
Dancer
Gotham

Scott Ross

Scott Ross

Scott Ross

Scott Ross

 

 

Nova
Blue Moon
Trés Bien

Darrell Ishmael

Darrell Ishmael

Darrell Ishmael

 


 

WILD & DOMESTICATED: OUR NATURAL AFFINITY FOR ANIMALS

 

 

 

ARTISTS
     
 

Michelle Armstrong

Carole Constantino

Maui Crane

Rachel Elliot

Gordon Gildersleeve

Tim Gold

Debbie Graviss

 

Steve Hartsill

Georgia Henkel

Michele Korfhage

Lori Larusso

Frank Lopez

Bruce New

Nadezda Nikalova

Monica Pipia

Kathy Reese Johnson

John Snell

Karen Spears

Sarah Spradlin

Barbara Steinrock

Laura Sullivan

Elizabeth Swanson

Kiptoo Tarus

Lina Tharsing

Clay Wainscott

Stephen Wiggins

Gavin Wilson

Agustin Zarate

 

The KItty Dismantles by Lori Larusso

 

SARAH SPRADLIN

BRUCE NEW

RACHEL ELLIOT

KAREN SPEARS

KENTUCKY POND

THE BIRD COUNCIL

DOVES

DARK REESE

     

 

 

 

the state of clay

WORKS BY ARTISTS TEACHING IN KENTUCKY'S COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

EXHIBIT  |  AUGUST 29 - OCTOBER 25

GALLERY HOP  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19  |  5-8PM

 

CURATOR STATEMENT - 

The State of Clay’, is an appropriate title for this exhibition, one seemed most relevant from the beginning when presenting the work of faculty artists teaching in both college and university ceramic programs across Kentucky.  After all, with a state rich in a clay tradition supporting a wide array of ceramics, shining a light on the institutions within academia where students begin their individual clay journeys, seems a good place to start.  But while showcasing these artists who have dedicated their life to both the making and teaching of the ceramic arts, it should be noted here that we recognize and appreciate all the venues where one touches clay.  Art centers, private studios, community clay centers to name only a few help round out the arena where interested individuals wishing to have a clay experience might begin. 
 
With both colleges and universities serving as the epicenter of clay activities in Kentucky by offering classes, visiting artist lectures and workshops, as well as gallery presentations of clay work, this exhibition serves to help the viewer develop a sense of who, what and where are located within the academic clay community of our state; therefore ‘The State of Clay.'
     -Joe Molinaro and Elmer Craig

 

 

HUNTER STAMPS

LAURA ROSS

BEN CLARK

FRANK KREVENS

VELVET ABBERATIONS

BLACK CUPS

PLATTER

TEA BOWL

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

GOVERNOR'S AWARD

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

BRESCIA UNIVERSITY

 

OPENING PREVIEW MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF KENTUCKY MUDWORKS

 

 

 

INSIDE THE IMAGINATION OF ROB BRIDGES

EXHIBIT  |  JUNE 6 - AUGUST 23

GALLERY HOP  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 20  |  5-8PM

 

ARTIST STATEMENT - I have been told that my art has a "timeless feel with a dark and whimsical edge." My work is a throwback to my youth, fairytales themed with a hint of the odd and mysterious. I like to think of them as scenes ripped from a larger tale, like illunstrations cut from worn and dusty children's books from years gone by. I leave the reast of the story up to the viewer's imagination.

I'm often asked how I came to be interested in illustrative art. I grew up in Los Angeles, where my school lacked proper funding for learning materials. My father, an artist himself, would get me to read my photocopied primers by drawing pictures on the books' endpapers. His attempts missed the mark and I became more fascinated with the drawings than learning to read. I began honing  my craft by making drawings on the inside of my father's books, much to his chagrin...

These days, rather than scribbling in books, my work is done with gouache on board. I live in Lexington with my wife and two kids.

     -Rob Bridges

 

 

 

 


 

land bridge

JAMES A. WADE, JR.

EXHIBIT   |   MARCH 21 THROUGH MAY 31

GALLERY HOP RECEPTION   |   FRIDAY, APRIL 18   |   5-8PM


LAND BRIDGE is a collection of works that spans two continents. Created in Lexington and Coalbrookdale, England, these pieces explore the industrialm, agrarian and vernacular landscapes of Kentucky and Great Britain. Each is based on observations and experiences on both sides of the pond. From Bluegrass tobacco farms and Red River Gorge to the historic blast furnaces of Shropshire and walks in Wales, the pieces each posses a narrative from eight years of studio work in both countries.

 

DRIFTER KILLHOPE BURN Y GARN Y GARN DETAIL 3

 

 

JAMES A. WADE JR.

Influenced at an early age by agrarian landscape and contemporary design, James A. Wade Jr. (b. 1971, Columbus, IN) studied art at the University of Kentucky and the University of Georgia, earning a Master of Fine arts degree in 1996. Wade's sculpture and drawings have been on display in over 80 exhibitions across the United States, as well as in Italy, Bolivia and England. In addition to manitaining a studio in Lexington, he currently lectures and researches in the School of Art and Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky.

 

 


 

STEVE ARMSTRONG - 20 YEARS OF MYSTERY AND WONDER

CELEBRATING AN ACCLAIMED ARTIST'S CAREER

 

 

 

IN THE MIND OF STEVE ARMSTRONG - A THEATRICAL PREVIEW   |   NOVEMBER 8, 9

DOWNTOWN ARTS CENTER'S BLACK BOX THEATRE   |   141 EAST MAIN STREET

 

EXHIBIT   |   NOVEMBER 15, 2013 THROUGH JANUARY 17, 2014

GALLERY HOP RECEPTION   |   FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15   |   5-8PM

 

ARTIST STATEMENT - I create kinetic constructions, often referred to as Automata. My themes are poetic and evocative, sometimes narrative, and almost always charged with personal symbolic content.

My work is based in the human figure and realism. I simplify my forms. My inner voice dictates that the figures not be in too nonchalant or too candid a pose, that the figures be posed in a formal manner, maybe contraposto, sometimes with formal hand gestures.

My preferred material is yellow poplar, a local, easily available wood that I like for its buttery carving qualities that hold incredible detail. Color is not so much applied to shapes as it is intrinsic to them. I start by covering all the elements with a black ground, to make the colors 'pop' but also as a means to control a pigment's tonality, harmonize hues, and keep any from becoming too garish. My approach to color, while intuitive, is shaped by the ideas of artist and c olor thoerist, Josef Albers.

Color also operates for me as texture, a tactile effect suggestive of what I describe as "the effects of age and especially human touching." I think of his color also as patina and once I have made my color choices and found the right hue, I often use a distressing process - repeated sandings and painting to bring the surface and the color to its final resting place.

     -Steve Armstrong

 

 

 

 

     

 

ARTIST BIO - Steve Armstrong was born in 1945 near Dallas, Texas. His family traveled extensively during his childhood, spanning many states and including three years in Japan. Steve ended up in Kentucky where his mother's family was born and raised. After his father's death in the early 1990's and a twenty year career as a Montessori teacher, he decided to sell his Montessori School and to start making art full time. Even though he had taken art classes during his university years, he considers himself largely self-taught in his craft. His first solo exhibition was at the Heike Pickett Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky in 1983 and he continues to be represented by the gallery to this day.

 


 

UNIVERSITY OPEN 2013

EXHIBIT   |   APRIL 15 THROUGH MAY 17, 2013

AWARDS CEREMONY   |   MAY 16

SHANNON WESTERMAN   |   GUEST JUROR

 

Now in its 7th year, University Open is a juried competition and exhibition between fine arts majors attending Kentucky universities. Students compete to be featured in the exhibit and for cash prizes. The Best of Show winner will be awarded $500, second prize is $300 and third prize is $100.

 

BEST OF SHOW

SECOND PRIZE THIRD PRIZE
Something Must Be Funny Tangled Tension Technolution
Jennifer Smith Katelyn Gabbard Madeline Walker
Transylvania University University of Kentucky Northern Kentucky University

 


 

 

selected works of AL SMITH visual ART fellows

EXHIBIT   |   OCTOBER 26 THROUGH DECEMBER 29, 2012

GALLERY HOP RECEPTION   |   NOVEMBER 16

 

Curated by Celeste Lewis, this show features selected works of Al Smith Award for Visual Arts winners from the Lexington community. A diverse group working in a variety of styles and mediums, the winners are chosen based on their originality and the high level of excellence in their work. These artists represent some of the best Kentucky has to offer. Artists exhibited inluce Philis Alvic, Don Ament, Steve Armstrong, Gary Bibbs, Steve Davis-Rosenbaum, Gerald Ferstman, Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova, Marjorie Guyon, Marco Logsdon, Robert Morgan, Hunter Stamps, Lawrence Tarpey, Robert Tharsing and Matthew Weddington.

 

       

 


 

Construct:

1) to form by assembling parts, build, erect. 2) to create (an argument or sentence, for example) by systematically arranging ideas or expressions; device with the mind.

ArtsPlace Gallery
September 7 - October 13, 2012 

Curated by Celeste Lewis

Featuring works by Steve Armstrong, Gary Bibbs, Gordon Gildersleeve and Helene Steene.

Gallery Hop Reception September 21,

5pm -8pm

 

 

ArtsPlace to Exhibit Four Acclaimed Kentucky Artists in CONSTRUCT Show

 

Lexington, KY August 22nd, 2012- LexArts is pleased to present CONSTRUCT, an exhibit featuring the work of Gordon Gildersleeve, Garry Bibbs, Helene Steene, and Steve Armstrong.  The exhibit will run from September 7th through October 13th, 2012 in the ArtsPlace Gallery at 161 North Mill Street.

 

Jim Clark, President & CEO LexArts, noted, “This exhibition brings together Kentucky artists who make it obvious that their art is assembled, forged and hand-crafted—each has a distinct and finely tuned aesthetic that is highly physical and tactile.  By bringing together their work is this exhibition we invite the viewer to appreciate the beauty of objects as well as the way they have been constructed.”

 

ArtsPlace Gallery curator Celeste Lewis observed, “We often think of art as an image in a frame consisting of familiar materials such as canvas and paint but many artists work outside that form and use other materials and processes to create their artwork.  In this show we celebrate four artists who each use quite different skills and materials to construct their work and arrive at a finished piece that is wholly unique and exhibits great design, imagination and the finest workmanship.”

 

Artist and professor Garry Bibbs said, “This will be a very original and engaging exhibition. As it relates to my sculpture compositions, it defines itself more as an arrangement of forms within various shapes and expressive movement in order to create a meaningful statement.”

 Steve Armstrong

 

Gary Bibbs

 

Gordon Gildersleeve

 

Helene Steene

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nori Hall

ArtsPlace Gallery

June 15 - August 2, 2012 

Exhibition made possible through the EcoArt Program of the Lexington Fayette-Urban County Government Department of Environmental Quality.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marco Logsdon:

Possibilities of wood

ArtsPlace Gallery

April 20 - June 2, 2012 

Exhibition made possible through the EcoArt Program of the Lexington Fayette-Urban County Government Department of Environmental Quality.

Possibilities of Wood is a one man exhibition by Marco Logsdon that explores the outcome of finding and reclaiming wood for the purpose of creating art.  The exhibition was made possible by the EcoArt Program of Lexington Fayette-Urban County Government Department of Environmental Quality.  

The main objective of the exhibition is to create awareness of the amount of wood and other materials that are destined for the landfill unless someone breaks the cycle and finds a way to put it to use. 

The task of looking for discarded wood had me going through construction dumpsters and searching the curbs on garbage pick up days. I also gathered materials from a renovation project of a friend. There was no preconceived notion of what the work would look like since the actual materials were yet to be found.

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Arturo Alonzo Sandoval:

Circling Back

ArtsPlace Gallery

February 17 - April 6, 2012

 

 

The work features reclaimed and reconfigured vinyl banners that were part of the UK Medical Center construction. This project wasmade possible by the support of LFUCG’s EcoART program and UK Health Care.

 

 

 

Topographic RElief

ArtsPlace Gallery

September 9 - October 31

Featuring contemporary works by Celeste Lewis, Lynn Sweet, and Blake Snyder Eames.

 

 

  

color Fields

ArtsPlace Gallery and Metropol Fine Dining

June 17, 2011 - August 22, 2011

Featuring contemporary landscape by Chyre Boardman, Darryl Halbrooks, Elsie Harris,Cathy Hill, Stacy McKnight Maney and Willie Robertson. The exhibition will be installed in both ArtsPlace Gallery and Metropol simultaneously

 

 

University Open 2011

ArtsPlace Gallery

April 15 - May 28, 2011

Online Exhibit Catalog Now Available!

 

   

 

 

Chroma

Bluegrass Printmakers Coop

February 3 - April 3, 2011

 

National Arts Program

LFUCG city workers and their families

March 3 - March 31, 2011

 

 

Fiber Guild of Lexington

ArtsPlace Gallery

November 5, 2010  - January 8, 2011

 

 

 Robert Morgan's The Golden Horde

August 12 - October 23

"I consider my work to be grand souvenirs of the eathly carnival."

- Robert Morgan