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Featured Artist: Evelyn Schnee

KY Wire Gems crafts unique jewelry: bracelets, necklaces, rings, brooches, cuff links, headbands, and earrings using a myriad of stitches with needle and fish line. This art is normally referred to as off-loom bead weaving. I use quality Swarovski crystals, Toho and Miyuki seed beads, various gemstones, and assorted glass beads.   Sharing the love of beading Teaching beading classes has enabled me to share my love of beading.  The limit of six students ensures sufficient time to assist with beginning beaders, help with color selections, and untangle knots. All materials are included in the class price. Currently, the classes are held at the Kentucky Guild Visual Arts Academy and FABS Gallery on the Square in Bardstown.    Inspiration Although several...

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Henrietta & Jeffrey Scott

Jeffrey and Henrietta Scott own and operate a Gallery and Studio in Columbia, Ky. They are both retired teachers. Henrietta taught art for 30 years in Adair County. In 1986, she received the Governor’s Award in the Arts for art education. Jeffrey was principal and teacher at Adair County High School. They have attended workshops in Raku at Arrowmont School for Crafts and Appalachian School for Arts and Crafts. Since retirement, their Raku fired pottery has been juried into the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and Kentucky Crafted/ The Market. Jeffrey and Henrietta Scott produce several types of raku fired pottery. These include pieces with applied stains and oxides under clear glazes. Many times, leaves and other organic forms...

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Featured Artist: Pat Banks

   "I believe art is an elemental part of us as human beings. A person without art in their life is like a universe without starlight, a carpenter without a tool box, a garden without flowers, a fish without water. It gives us skills, balance, beauty, wisdom, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and more to make our world a better place. You have to be able to envision of imagine something great or different before you can make it happen. You have to witness, discover, observe, experience, and explore the richness of your intimate world and the vastness of the universe to find visions that no one else has seen, thoughts that no one else has heard, and connect and share all...

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Featured Artist: DeeDee Lanham

  DeeDee lives in her hometown of Lexington, KY where she telecommutes as a project manager for an architecture firm in Atlanta, GA. She comes from a family that has always loved the tradition of coloring eggs at Easter and spent many afternoons with her grandmother experimenting with unique ways to color eggs. In 2000, she discovered the art of making traditional Ukrainian pysanky and was hooked. It is an art form she is passing down to her own family. A pysanky (pehSANkeh) egg ornament is made using a traditional wax resist and egg dye method, similar to the wax crayon you may remember coming in the store bought egg dye kit at Easter! The blown out eggshells used are...

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Featured Artist: Joey O'Brian

"I am a self taught folk artist raised in the Appalachian Mountains and inspired by my father, a carpenter and a builder, who I watched as a child and worked alongside as I became an adult. Art, through wood, is my passion, my hobby, and my therapy. However, I still work daily as a conductor on the NS Railroad.   I enjoy creating by using a variety of woods and mixing varieties in many of my pieces. Extensive sanding, to perfect the wood’s natural glow, helps work out the impurities in both the wood and the stress within myself. I use a wide array of finishes including: painted, distressed, and satin polyurethane. In addition, I utilize numerous waxes with hand-rubbed or buffed...

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