Publicity of note

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I have adapted some of my photography, art and graphic designs plus entirely new custom designs into print-on-demand clothing and totes. A few examples are shown in the slide show to the left. These items and others I haven't included can be purchased here. I'll add other designs as the spirit and sales move me.

The VIDA website explains their business model. Artists receive a royalty on sales and have no involvement with the manufacturing. Let me know if you would like a custom piece designed as a one-of-a-kind article just for you. I'll happily accept commissions.
UPCOMING EXHIBIT
Sept. 17, 2016 – Feb. 25, 2017
Meet-the-Artists Reception – Sept. 25
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
 
“HAVE A SEAT: CHAIRS BY KENTUCKY ARTISANS”
Kentucky artists have submitted their entries and this new exhibit looks to be an exciting one! Chairs by 29 artists will be displayed and for sale, with 10 participating artists new to the center.










                                                   
                                                                  
Artists have created chairs using a variety of materials and have also re-purposed existing chairs into colorful new works. Chairs both large and small will show a wide range of artistic imagination and interpretation with some chairs functional and others purely whimsical and visual.
 
A meet-the-artists reception will be held at the center on Sept. 25 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. This reception is free and open to the public.
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“Literal Chair” by Mark Needham

Three of my chairs have been accepted into the next exhibition at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Pertinent information is shown in the email announcement at the left that features one of my entries. This piece is acrylic plastic, hand-cut letters screwed together by aluminum angles. It's about 7" x 7" x 12.5" high.

My other entries are shown in the slide show below. Hi Chair features the same hand-cut acrylic letters glued together to form another visual pun, a child's high chair. Using Futura Condensed hand-cut and finished acrylic plastic letters for the legs gives the high seat of the traditional high chair. The frosted acrylic "Hi" accentuates the pun and the lower case "i" evokes a child-form.

Rock 'n' Chair is painted to look like a rock and literally rocks back and forth when lightly tapped. Chair Excalibur!

Literal Chair can be displayed on its sides or back, too.
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Three photographs and two poems of mine are featured in Nature Inspired Spring 2016, a collection of art, photography and writing interpreting spring. The link to the website is below.

www.natureinspiredanthologies.com

The artists link is here.

Over thirty artists were selected in the competition.

Amazon also carries the title here:
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Running paint may ruin some paint jobs, but 50 “runs” are ideal to celebrate the fifty year “run” of the Kentucky Arts Council. My digital illustration was selected by the KAC for their This is 50 exhibition and was displayed at Kentucky Crafted: The Market at Rupp Arena from March 4–6, 2016. Most of the 41 pieces, including mine, were for sale. The press release below has additional information.
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Works by 38 Kentucky artists will be part of “This is 50,” an exhibit celebrating the Kentucky Arts Council’s 50th anniversary. The exhibit will debut at Kentucky Crafted: The Market March 5-6 at the Lexington Convention Center.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market is the Kentucky Arts Council’s signature event produced each year featuring the highest quality art, craft, literature, music and food found in the state. Dozens of Kentucky Crafted and select out-of-state artists, musicians and artisanal food producers make their finest work available to the general public during the two-day event.

The 41 pieces of artwork selected for the exhibit relate to the number 50, with various interpretations from participating artists. The selected artwork includes painting, photography, fiber art, collage, mixed media and other forms.

All Kentucky visual artists were invited to apply for selection to “This is 50.”

Photographer Cheree Federico of Bowling Green chose an indirect interpretation of the theme in her work titled “Bullseye.”

“A lot of my work is very subtle in the message it brings. With ‘This is 50’ being the theme, I didn’t want something that had the actual number ‘50’ in it,” Federico said.

In darts, a bullseye is worth 50 points, so her image of a dart buried dead center in a dartboard, without an obvious visual cue, fits the theme.

“I like to present something that makes people think, ponder a little bit about what I was trying to convey,” she said.

Work by Federico’s husband, Ricardo, is also among the selected pieces for “This is 50.” They each had work in last year’s “Music Scenes” exhibit at The Market.

Another artist from “Music Scenes,” Jason Sturgill of Lexington, is represented in “This is 50” with a mixed media piece titled “Five Stages of Growth With 0 Sum Gain.”

“At first it was a challenge to meet the theme, but I broke the two numbers apart into the 5 stages of life, from birth to being elderly, showing the changes involved in life. And the zero sum gain means that in the end, you’re not coming out of it ahead, so enjoy life while you’re here.”

Sturgill, an art teacher in Fayette County, said he enjoys the opportunity to show his own work.

“Because I’m teacher, I put a lot of ideas into making lessons, and to be able to make some art for myself and to put it out there is very exciting,” he said. “It’s always challenging. You give up a lot of ideas to students, so to get to develop your own ideas is always fun.”

Tom Cannady’s work, “Rough River 1966,” is the Louisville painter’s first to be featured in a Market exhibit. The painting is based on a photo print from his childhood.

“I’m glad that this one is in the exhibit. I love that painting,” Cannady said. “It’s exciting to be able to share that 50-year-old memory with everyone. That’s what Kentucky is about for me, being at the lake. When I look at that, I get a warm feeling of being there; I can almost feel sun on my back.”

The artists selected for “This is 50,” listed by city and title of work or works, are:

Michelle Armstrong,
Lexington, “50 Ways to Love Your Arts Council”
Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, Lexington, “Next Year I am 50”
Debby Bird, Louisville, “Arms of Experience”
Pat Briney, Bardstown, “50 Chrome”
Marianne Brown, Lawrenceburg, “Spiro Plate in Red,” “Spiro Plate in Green”
Tom Cannady, Louisville, “Rough River 1966”
Dorothy Cline, Georgetown, “Kentucky Landscape”
Susan Crum-Cox, Lebanon, “Synergy”
Damon Farmer, Versailles, “Cinquanta”
Cheree Federico, Bowling Green, “Bullseye”
Ricardo Federico, Bowling Green, “50mm”
Sanny Garrett, Louisville, “50 to 1 Odds”
Ronald Gosses, Richmond, “Celebration”
Jennifer Hart, Lexington, “Apple Pie”
Michelle Hayden, Richmond, “At the Stillpoint”
Paula Haynes, Clarkson, “50/50”
Jana Kappeler, Carlisle, “To the Horizon of Time”
Megan Khani, Louisville, “Achievement”
Christine Levitt, Lexington, “Whirling Around,” “Place & Time”
Amanda McGowan, Custer, “Celebration Extravaganza”
Marianna McDonald, Lexington, “Spiral 50”
Kasandra McNeil, Nancy, “Contemplation on Turning 50”
Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido, Morehead, “Then & Now: Razor and Blades,” “Then & Now: Scissors”
Gary Mesa-Gaido, Morehead, “Agricultural Construction, Peru”
Paula Murphy, Frankfort, “50/50 color”
Mark Needham, Louisville, “50 Drips”
Leslie Nichols, Bowling Green, “Reflection on 50”
Kathleen O’Brien, Harrodsburg, “50 Colors”
Raymond Papka, Versailles, “Reflections on the Past – Eye on the Future”
Fran Redmon, Frankfort, “Six of One, Half Dozen of Another”
De Selby, Nicholasville, “Shaker Lantern”
Anthony Stollings, Florence, “Days of Eden”
Paula Stone-Buckner, Mt. Sterling, “The Queen’s Court”
Jason Sturgill, Lexington, “Five Stages of Growth With 0 Sum Gain”
Clare Taylor, Bardstown, “50 Bottles of Bourbon on the Wall”
Kopana Terry, Lexington, “Cannel City Union Church”
Susan Tolliver, Anchorage, “Fowl Morning”
Catherine Triplett, Owensboro, “50 Feet Below”
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A monotype print of mine was selected for inclusion in Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans to be held at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. The exhibition runs from March 5 to September 10, 2016 and features printmaking from 20 artists. The opening reception is March 13 from 1:30 to 3:00.

My piece After the Rainbow Dissolved is shown beneath the invitation and in the press release below. Most printing techniques involve reversing the image; I made a slight twist on this piece by also inverting elements–blue cloud in a white sky, straight and dissolved rainbow instead of a curved and cohesive one. After this monotype sold, another print, Brainstorm, was selected and soon purchased by Eastern Kentucky University for their library. From the Heart, the third slide, has been selected as a replacement and will be displayed soon.

The Big Bang, a deconstructed monotype remade into a 3D piece in a shadowbox has been chosen for consignment and will be displayed soon.

BEREA, Ky. – A new gallery exhibit “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans” opens March 5 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, showcasing the work of 20 Kentucky printmakers.

Printmaking is one of the oldest forms of illustration and this exhibit includes works made with an array of printmaking techniques selected by each artist to translate their individual expression and style. Printmaking methods can be quick and immediate or methodical and complex. These 20 artists have created images that tell stories and narratives, illustrate realism and nature, show humor, clarify points of view and show graphic abstraction.

Woodcuts and wood engravings by Paul S. Muth and John Andrew Dixon show the range of details possible in black and white – from simple outlined chairs printed on fabric to an intricate portrait of sea otters.

Prints made from metal and copper plates using etching and intaglio processes offer the printmaker the ability to create delicate lines and rich areas of black or color. Anna Marie Pavlik’s intaglio work “Tatanka: Tall Grass Prairie” portrays a buffalo and the complexities of the community of plants and animals that live on the Great Plains.

Nicole Hand uses three copper plates printed in four colors to convey a rich and abstract image.

“I was considering the ritual of death, the tented grave and the ties that hold a family together,” said Hand, “and I chose the etching process for its rich and wonderful line quality.”

Printmakers in this show are both illustrators and story tellers. The detailed wood engraving of the insect “Arilus Cristatus Epoch” by Joanne Price gives a precise illustration of this beneficial insect. Sara Turner has created “Our Secret Place,” a five-color screen print illustrating a fanciful childhood hideaway, while Charlsa Hensley has created “Bayfield,” an intaglio print that tells her family history with historical documents of a catastrophic flood.

In turn, Debby Stratford has created “Dancing in the Blue Water” to relay and celebrate both her admiration of water and her wistful desire to overcome a fear of it. David Mohallatee’s travels inspired his work “Ecuador Journey I” which includes renderings of ancient figures.

Several artists have used multiple layered techniques to create a range of color and texture as in Marta Dorton’s “Communicado” and Elizabeth Foley’s “Mandala.” The freshness of color is seen in the one-of-a-kind monotypes by Ellen Glasgow and Mark Needham.

Whimsy is also present in Todd Herzberg’s “Theo,” a portrait of his parent’s dog and in the simple wind-blown collograph “Clothes on the Line” “by Louie Northern.

A meet-the-artist reception for this exhibit will be held on Sunday, March 13, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Artists in this exhibit include: John Andrew Dixon, Danville; Marta Dorton, Lexington; Jeff Enge, Berea; Elizabeth Foley, Lexington; Ellen Glasgow, Frankfort; Nicole Hand, Almo; Kayla Harned, Berea; Charlsa Hensley, Berea; Todd Herzberg, Lexington; David Mohallatee, Richmond; Paul S. Muth, Danville; Mark Needham, Louisville; Mary Nehring, Versailles; Louie Northern, Mt. Vernon; Anna Marie Pavlik, Frankfort; Joanne Price, Bagdad; Debby Stratford, Louisville; Sara Turner, Lexington; Cathy Vigor, Lexington; and Stephen Wiggins, Lexington.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The center currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. The exhibit, “Kentucky Clay: A Continuing Tradition” is on display in the lobby through June 30, 2016. For more information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov or the center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center.  
 
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Photos top left to right - clockwise: “Ecuadorian Journey I” by David Mohallatee; “Frolic” by John Andrew Dixon; “Tatanka -Tall Grass Prairie” by Anna Marie Pavlik; “Reaffirmed Refuge” by Nicole Hand; “After the Rainbow Dissolved” by Mark Needham; “Dancing in the Blue Water” by Debby Stratford.
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My photograph of a foggy sunrise on the Ohio river was the Second Place winner in color photography in the Literary LEO 2016 competition. Writing and visual arts were honored.

The article link is here.

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Two photographs and two poems of mine are featured in Nature Inspired Winter 2015, a collection of art, photography and writing interpreting winter. The link to the website is below.

www.natureinspiredanthologies.com

The artists link is here.

Fortuna in Snow, shown beneath the exceptional book cover (not my image), is featured in the slide show on the publisher’s page. Forty artists were selected in the competition.

Amazon also carries the title here:
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The Louisville-based artist is the creator of the 2012 Governor's Award in the Arts. The 2012 award, ‘Art is the Tree of Life,’ is sculpted of aluminum, plastic, glass and resin, with an LED backlight and a removable ART brooch - a piece that is synonymous with Needham's name.
from the Awards Catalog

Kentucky Governor’s Award in the Arts

In 2012 I was honored to be awarded the commission to create the Kentucky Governor’s Award in the Arts. The award features LED lights that illuminate metalfiori discs. Hidden among the discs is a removable brooch, custom designed for the award recipient, two of which are included in the slide show. Each award, like my jewelry, is different from its siblings.

"In any abstraction one can find a connection to a memory, sensation or object, whether in a cloud, an ink splatter, or a shadow. Perhaps you'll see a butterfly or galaxy, a letter or flower, a cell or a cherub, or a face or numeral within this piece. What I hope can be seen, but which must also be said, is that the Kentucky Arts Council and these honorees are to be thanked and commended for their efforts in advancing, representing and promoting the arts. They are assisting artists in their task, as Wordsworth advised, of '...creating the tastes for their own works.'"

–from the Awards Catalog

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The most common first word uttered by visitors of all ages upon entering the newest exhibition at the MSV is"WOW!"

Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art, now on view in the Changing Exhibitions Gallery, features objects made from discarded hubcaps by 287 artists from around the world. Being presented to the public for the first time in this exhibition, the artworks are from the collection of the nonprofit Landfillart Project of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The artists represent every U.S. state and 35 other countries; many are known nationally and internationally.

Visitors to Second Time Around have commented that they didn't know what to expect but were astonished at what they encountered. An immersive experience, Second Time Around is packed with colorful objects ranging from those that make social commentaries to others that cause visitors to laugh out loud. The exhibition includes a sculpture that is nearly eight feet high; a functioning slide guitar; objects that move or light up; and a wide array of painted images and fanciful sculptures.

In addition, an engaging 10-minute film features interviews with a few Landfillart artists. Second Time Around also includes WASTE NOT, part of the Green Revolution "eco-zibit" of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) that explores themes related to the environment and includes related hands-on activities.

Second Time Around is unlike anything presented before at the MSV, and you do not want to miss it!

–from the MSV mailer

Also visit the LandfillArt website here.

The turtle is my piece, a carved wood turtle painted in red lacquer fitted inside a vintage Pontiac hubcap and inset with a usable glass bowl. The piece pays homage to the Native American custom of recycling turtle shells into bowls.
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