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KFAC to host Lucas exhibition

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MOREHEAD - Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center will open a major exhibition of works by Letcher County painter David Lucas.


The exhibition will open Friday, May 31, in conjunction with KFAC’s “A Day in the Country” folk art fair and will feature more than 60 paintings and drawings by Lucas.


“David Lucas is one of the most important and prolific self-taught painters that Kentucky has ever produced,” said Adrian Swain, KFAC artistic director. “His portraits and landscapes capture the beauty and struggles of life in southeast Kentucky, and the composition of his paintings is remarkable.”


In April, KFAC and the Courthouse Café in Whitesburg previewed works by Lucas.


Kentucky Folk Art Center is a cultural, educational and economic development service of Morehead State University. The Center is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


For more information, call 606-783-2204 or visit www.kyfolkart.org.


7STITCH opens June 1


MOREHEAD - The main gallery of Morehead State University’s Claypool-Young Art Building will open “7STITCH: Contemporary Textile Art from Kentucky and the Surrounding States” with a reception on Saturday, June 1, from 3-5 p.m.


The exhibition features two and three dimensional textile artworks, involving a wide range of media and techniques such as sculpture, quilting, digital imagery, felting, embroidery and embellishments, screen printing, and encaustic painting.


The show was juried by Jane Dunnewold, author of Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design on Fabric, published by Interweave Press. She is president of the Surface Design Association, an international organization dedicated to textile art creation, exhibition and education, and she teaches and lectures on art cloth internationally, including recent tours to Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom.


Dunnewold selected 37 out of a submitted 115 pieces for the exhibition.


These artists will have their works displayed:


Peggy Brown, Nashville, Ind.; Kathy Bryant, Charleston, Ill.; Erin E. Castellan, Gatlinburg Tenn.; Stacey R. Chinn, Lexington; Jo Ann Czekalski, Lexington; Pat DaRif, Louisville; Eileen Doughty, Vienna, Va.; Gweneth Dunleavy, Louisville; Susan Feller, Augusta, W.Va.; Laura Gaskin, Fairview, N.C.; Christine Hager-Brown, Durham, N.C.; Vallorie Henderson, Louisville; Linda Witte Henke, Indianapolis, Ind.; Jill Jensen, Lynchburg, Va.; Joyce Watkins King, Raleigh, N.C.; Lisa Klakulak, Asheville, N.C.; Janice Lessman-Moss, Kent, Ohio; Deborah Levine, Louisville; Kathy Loomis, Louisville; Luci Mistratov, Louisville; Marti Plager, Louisville; CJ Pressma, Louisville; Daren Pitts Redman, Nashville, Ind.; Karen Saunders, Cincinnati; Beth Schnellenberger, Jasper, Ind.; Julia Sermersheim, Santa Claus, Ind.; Diane Siebels, Charlottesville, Va.; Cathy Vigor, Lexington; Martha Warshaw, Cincinnati; and Joanne Weis, Louisville.


Additional events are planned Saturday, June 1, from 1-5 p.m. in MSU’s Claypool-Young Art Building.


At 1 p.m., the quarterly meeting of the Kentucky Chapter of Surface Design Association will be held. It is an opportunity to meet other textile artists and to share work. Light refreshments will be served. In conjunction with the meeting, a swap and sale is planned from 1-4 p.m. where textile artists can sell or trade artworks, craft objects, and/or art supplies.


While these events are open to the public, reservations for both activities are necessary by Friday, May 24, to participate. Contact Jennifer Reis, gallery director, at 606-783-5446 or j.reis@moreheadstate.edu.


The afternoon caps off with the opening reception of “7STITCH: Contemporary Textile Art from Kentucky and the Surrounding States” from 3-5 p.m., which is free and open to the public. Participating artists will be speaking about their work from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., and complimentary refreshments will be provided. The exhibition will be on view until Friday, Aug. 30.


The gallery in Claypool-Young features contemporary art for the MSU community as well as the University’s service region. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. There is no charge for viewing and the public is invited. Parking is available on Main Street during the day, and on the MSU campus after 5 p.m. weekdays, and all day on weekends.

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