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Featured Artist: Kathleen Esser

"Water color is my medium of choice. It allows an artist to capture the beauty of nature by permitting colors to flow and mix on the surface of the paper. The white of the paper also sparkles through the paints, adding a vibrancy that is unique to watercolors. A love of the outdoors is evident in my representational and semi-abstract paintings. Inspirations are sparked from divergent shapes in nature. In addition to watercolor, some paintings are enhanced by the incorporation of collage and/or pen and ink. Handmade or texturized tissue paper is torn/cut into shapes and adhered to provide interest.  Recently, I have begun to experiment with alcohol inks. They are a fantastic way to allow creativity to bloom. Special effects...

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Welcome New Members!

The February Jury Session brought in an array of talented artists in mediums such as 2D painting, leather, natural materials, fiber, photography, and more! There is no doubt that we saw some of the best up-and-coming artists from across Kentucky. We are pleased to announce that the following artists have been extended membership into the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen:  Tammy Dean, Fiber David Russell, Wood & Jewelry Anthony Woodward, Leather Amy Lewis, 2D Painting Martha Wayland, Photography Libby Jones, Photography Andrew Stine & Ian Bartley, Wood James & Jane Meade, Photography Jonathan Clark, 2D Painting Alice Jane Smith, Fiber Brian Newton, Natural Materials James Bonta, Clay Brian Staron, 3D Mixed Media Mary Ann Yetto, Jewelry Gina Eubank, Jewelry  ...

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Demonstrations by Robert Mattingly

  Bob is a Kentucky native who grew up in Maysville. He always loved working with metal. After graduating from high school, he attended Morehead State University, where he obtained a degree in Business Education and manufacturing. He then went on to get a Master's degree in Vocational Education. He spent 20 years as a contract engineer traveling all over the country doing automated manufacturing for various companies. He then settled in Powell County where he spent 20 years teaching in the public school system. Bob retired in 2011 from teaching in the vocational school to pursue his love of designing and producing one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art.  He is now known for his intricate silver filigree work.  All his...

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Julie Warren Conn

"From the time I was a small girl in East Tennessee, I imagined forms in tree branches, clouds and other natural objects around me. Although I had the spirit of an artist from that early age, opportunities to study art were limited during my childhood. My formal art training began in college, where I was awarded the first Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Sculpture from the University of Tennessee. During the first ten years of my career, I welded art objects, building solid forms from flat sheets of steel. As a diversion from welding one day, I decided to complete a sculpture of Tennessee marble, which I had roughed out using only a hammer and chisel...

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Dan Neil Barnes

  Dan Neil Barnes was raised in Western Kentucky to a family of artistic craftsman. It was of little surprise that, he too, would find arts and crafts to be his passion. Barnes graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in environmental design. For many years he worked to create and upholster furniture in his design studio. Seeking other creative outlets, he began working with stained glass. Pushing the boundaries of traditional lamps and windows, Barnes began incorporating wood and metal into is art, along with experimenting with different dimensional aspects and applications. Today, he is a respected member of the Kentucky artisan community and travels across the country participating in top arts and crafts shows, including the...

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