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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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Featured Artist: Becky DeBord

  Becky was a stay-at-home wife and mother of two. When on vacation in an artsy community, she discovered wire-wrapped jewelry in a shop. She was determined to learn how to wire-wrap. After taking a basic wire-wrapping class, she was inspired to master this art. She made this her passion since then and has done more than a dozen shows annually from Ohio to Florida. She uses basic hand tools to make bracelets, pendants, earrings, and rings. She makes use of sterling silver and gold-filled wire and beads, gems, and semi-precious stones in her creations. She is a member of the Sheltowee Art Guild, Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsman, and Kentucky Crafted. She has served as President of the...

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Featured Artist: Nora Swanson

                                "After a few years’ hiatus to work around the recession with our successful line of patinated copper and brass jewelry, we are once again actively creating a broad range of custom home interior works. Drawing from the roots of Dale’s background in jewelry making, industrial stainless steel, and copper design and production, and my skills in design and marketing, we create items featuring patinas on copper and brass such as jewelry, counter-tops, back-splashes, doors, tables, range-hoods, lighting and other large scale art. We spare no detail of craftsmanship, or expense in materials so each project scintillates with luxury and finesse, and yet doesn't look “machine...

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