Art Center Announces Spring Exhibits – The Advocate-Messenger

The Bluegrass Art Center will feature three exciting exhibitions this spring, including painter and naturalist Sabra Crockett, thought-provoking artwork by Center College studio art students, and a performance showcasing the many talents of the center’s artists. of art. artist in residence program.

Exhibition dates:

Sabra Crockett: Bird Watching (March 23 – April 29)

Center College students (April 5 – April 29)

Artist in residence Exposure (April 5 – April 29)

Louisville’s Sabra Crockett will be featured in the Great Hall of the Art Center this March 23rd until April 29and in his exhibition, Sabra Crockett: bird watching, presented by sponsor Couzens Dental. Inspired by the photographs of fellow ornithologist and fellow Kevin Burt, as her source, Crockett will present her exquisite depictions of Kentucky songbirds and avifauna that are superimposed on intricately painted Victorian wallpaper. backgrounds. Crockett deliberately designs her backgrounds to complement the mood of each bird she depicts with color, texture and pattern, and the addition of alluring metallic foil. Crockett has been recognized statewide for the amazing way she showcases Kentucky wildlife. Friday, March 25and she will present an in-person lecture from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. which will be followed by a reception in her honor until 7:00 p.m. at the Center d’art.

In the upstairs gallery, the art center will feature works created by Center College visual arts students this April 5and through the 29and. Coordinated with the help of Sheldon Tapley, Stodghill Professor of Art and Chair of Art History and Studio Art Programs, this exhibition will feature a variety of works ranging from drawings to paintings, ceramics to glass, as well as sculptural works showing the various approaches performed University center studio art majors. Learn more about the work at their artist talk and reception on Wednesday April 20and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m..

In the historic hallway gallery on the second floor, the Art Center‘s artists-in-residence will also present their work from April 5 – April 29. Artists featured in this exhibition will include David Farmer, Katherine Updegraff-White, Terrell Atwood and Yolantha Harrison-Pace. Each artist will present several works in progress.

“One of the strengths of being a artist in residence is the opportunity for a wider world of exposure than I otherwise would ever have,” said Yolantha Harrison-Pace. “It’s also phenomenal to have a space dedicated solely to art and only to art. Surprisingly, the residency also made me more disciplined, a trait every artist struggles with.

David Farmer shared “to be a Bluegrass Art Center Artist-in-Residence is to be part of the professional arts community in the Bluegrass region. The welcoming professional staff combined with the unique expansive facility has become a historic Danville gem.

“The Art Center has been a most important aspect of my painting career for years,” Farmer said. “It’s the perfect place for the various exhibitions and educational programs it offers all the time. There will always be artists within every community, but too often little opportunity or encouragement for such talents and impulses to flourish.

“The Bluegrass Art Center has to a great extent encouraged and provided a wonderful opportunity for the artistic community,” noted Farmer.

An artists-in-residence reception will be held on Wednesday April 20and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will be in conjunction with the Artist Talk and Reception for the Center College students in the upper gallery.

Additionally, the Art Center’s spring programming reflects the celebration of nature highlighted in Sabra Crockett’s exhibit. On April 22n/a, attend an evening of poetry, art and community at the first Poetry Connected event hosted by the Art Center and taking place in the new art lot, weather permitting. The theme of the event is “Inspired by Nature,” and poets are invited to respond to the Art Center’s contemporary nature art exhibit by Louisville artist Sabra Crockett. The long tradition of composing poems that respond to visual art and sculpture is called ekphrastic poetry. Additionally, this event will take place on Kentucky Writer’s Day and Earth Day!

The event is for anyone who writes poetry, seasoned poets and beginners…or something in between. Rest assured for all ‘secret poets’, may this be a sweet place for your poetry to land. The event is FREE to the public and open to high school poets and up. Performing poets can share up to two poems, inspired by the artist’s statement and/or pieces from the show. A virtual gallery will be available on the Art Center website from March 23. Pre-registration is required for performing poets and can be done by emailing the Art Center Program Director, Leigh Jefferson, at [email protected].

Other classes focusing on nature and spring themes include Starry Night Studio with finches and morning glories, a landscape watercolor class, a nature journaling workshop with Laura Poulette, Learn with Loritini with a bouquet of flowers, Art Book Club discussing world of wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and several classes for children featuring birds, flowers and butterflies.

For more information on all of the programming offered at the Bluegrass Art Center, please visit our website at or call 859-236-4054.

Julia P. Cluff