Kentucky Artisan Center Opens Annual “Reveal” Exhibit

Jan 27, 2021

“Edges” by Dean Hill
Credit Kentucky Artisan Center

The Kentucky Artisan Center announces the sixth Reveal exhibit, showcasing large format two-dimensional works by eleven Kentucky artists. The exhibit will open Feb. 8 and continue through April 30 in the center’s lobby.

Reveal is an annual competitive exhibit and this year it introduces five new artists to the Center. Three of these new artists are printmakers who have created large black and white works as part of a printmaking event last year in Frankfort, KY by the organization BIG INK. This organization hosts large-scale woodblock printmaking events across the United States assisting artists in creating large-scale works using the organization’s giant mobile press.

Jeremy Wooldridge illustrated a trumpet player in his work “Warming Up” by carving into a sheet of plywood. Paula Murphy created “United We Stand” and Risa Yost created the work “The Silkie, the Siren and the Jackalope” utilizing BIG INK’s press. The exhibit also features textile works including large intricately stitched wall hangings by Kathleen Loomis and Vickie A. Wheatley. Mave Brittain has created a fiber work illustrating a story about the late, well-known Kentucky potter Chris Strecker, using hooked wool fabric strips.

Several artists pushed themselves beyond their usual size formats to create new large works for the exhibit. Kathy Conroy, a scratchboard artist, took up the challenge of creating a large scratchboard image called “Star Gazer.” Dean Hill’s photographs that feature reflections on water can be seen in his large work “Edges” and John Dixon, a collage artist, stretched his format to four feet with his work “Synthesis.”  Paintings are represented by Beverly Glascock’s rendering titled, “A Horse Tale II” and Toby Penney’s mixed-media painting titled, “Patterns and Breaking Them.”

The Kentucky Artisan Center features works by more than 850 artisans from over 100 counties across the commonwealth.

For information, call 859-985-5448 or visit the center’s website or Facebook page.

The Kentucky Artisan Center is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s lobby and restrooms are open daily from 9 am to 6 pm, and the cafe is open from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.

(provided by the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet)