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See It Now: Mannequin Series

In Kentucky Art Exhibits, Kentucky Artist, See It Now on July 15, 2011 at 1:00 am

Artist Statement:

I incorporate the form of the nude female mannequin in my paintings to serve as an iconic symbol. These hybrid forms reveal a parallelism with society’s cultural ideals. Their identical, clone-like appearance suggests a culture that persuades its members to conform. The compositions express a type of confinement: as a specimen in attempts to preserve youthfulness, undergoing invasive surgery to be physically ideal or manipulating genes at the source of creation – to reach cultural ideals.

On exhibit at the Mellwood Art Center in the Pigment Gallery, hosted by K.A.S. Gallery.


Artists at work in Mellwood’s courtyard….

In Art Classes, Call to Artists, Kentucky Artist on July 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm

The Mellwood Art Center is located at 1860 Mellwood Avenue, Louisville Kentucky. This unique building is located between Zorn Avenue and Brownsboro Road. Mellwood is known to many Louisville  natives as the old Fischer meat packing plant.

Now, Mellwood houses roughly over 200 tenants from artist and art galleries, to a cafe, dance studios and novelty shops.  The tenants of Mellwood has formed a non-profit organization named M.A.C., which will host demo days on the courtyard, the second Saturday of each month.

This allows artist to work outside their studio and gain exposure. Patrons my see performers, painters, wood carving or learn how to create a glass center piece. If you are an artist and would like to be a part of Demo Days, send an email to

Kentucky Artist: Charles Shelton

In Kentucky Artist, Stumble Upon on July 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Erotic Art by Charles Shelton 

Charles Wayne Shelton II was born in 1976 in Ashland, Kentucky where he currently resides with his wife, Vanessa. In 2010 his image “Knothole“ was selected by Erotic Signature to represent him as one of the top 200 erotic photographers in the world in its fourth annual collection which was published later in the year.

Charles has exhibit his art at galleries and exhibits across the country and in Europe including “The Dirty Show“ in Detroit, The Art Undressed Touring Exhibit (Miami, New York, Montreal, Chicago, and Los Angeles), The Kentucky Art Speaks Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky and the “Persona Art Festival“ in London. Shelton’s image “Pillbilly” has also been accepted into the permanent collection at the Kinsey Institute Gallery in Bloomington, Indiana.

Charles Shelton considers himself to be extremely socially conscious  and hopes that his best work captures trends, evolution’s of our culture, or at least in his small “Hillbilly-Chic” niche located in the Appalachian Mountains. His involvement with nude photography over the past 12 years has caused him to experience incredible persecution in a community that has historically exhibited signs of being sexually repressive. Despite the ignorant attacks and slander of others he has persisted in bringing  his visions and inspirations into this world. If you would like to contact Charles Shelton to find out more about him and his work you can email him at

Frozen in Time by Tony Reding

In Kentucky Artist, Kentucky Gallery, Stumbled upon on June 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm

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Frozen in Time

As an artist I am attracted to a vast array of graceful natural objects. These fascinating forms are very delicate in nature and it seems that the more intricately woven they are the better they are to paint. I enjoy painting on a larger scale because it allows me to show the intricate details and the subtle variations in color of the forms I am creating. I am often asked where my ideas come from and the answer to this is that my visual vocabulary blooms from my interest in photography. My later paintings reflect this in that they are not solely abstract. It is not simply the object itself that is visually appealing; at times it is the shadow that an object casts:

“A leaf is fragile as it blows in the wind full of vitality, but

eventually it looses this and falls to the ground. It thinks its

life is over, but it is not. The shadow hovers over it and

protects it. It knows how vulnerable and scared the leaf is,

and it knows how badly it wants to survive. The shadow is

strong, and it gives its strength away until its fragile

companion has life once again.”

I find the surroundings of an object also play into the mood of a painting. After changing my palette from vibrant blue skies, to autumn colored sunsets, and then to stormy skies I found that this alone changes the mood of a painting quickly. When painting an object I try to depict what it is that attracted me to it and how I feel through light, line and color. Much of the time I am drawn to bright, vibrant colors but subtle colors also have their place on my palette. These color variations are what have kept my visual walk through life from never tiring.

It is very challenging to try and paint a color’s mood. Color gives off an array of emotions and can influence the way a person perceives it. As a painter I have tried to create abstract images that speak loudly through the use of light, line and color. My images are formed from what I feel strongly towards. I hope that by creating these images that they have become frozen in time long enough for others to enjoy nature’s visual journey.


Toni M. Reding

Stumbled upon Uniquitibles

In Artist: Present & Past, Kentucky Artist, Stumbled upon on June 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Last week, Mark Lenn Johnson came to F.A.T. Friday and stopped by K.A.S. Gallery to see the Botanical art exhibit. While chatting with him I discovered he is an amazing artist and has been spotlighted in Bead Style and Polymer Clay magazine. Mark Lenn Johnson’s work is represented in several retail galleries in Kentucky also; he has participated in numerous art shows.

Mark’s Story:
Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Mark Lenn Johnson realized his passion for glass after purchasing a vintage amethyst carnival glass bowl. That piece, particularly its color, captivated him and introduced him to the beauty of handcrafted art glass. Several years later, that appreciation would materialize into an antiques business where he specialized in vintage art glass and costume jewelry. He continued to educate himself about art glass and jewelry but always his creative nature called out for him to make.

Succumbing to the calling a few years later, he started his own handmade jewelry business–initially stringing purchased glass beads for his bracelets and necklaces and then evolving into actually making his own colored beads from polymer clay. He garnered some notoriety in the medium after being published in a number of national publications but making glass was still the siren’s call to his soul.

To read more about Mark Lenn Johnson visit his website at

Love/ Not Love Show at Revelry

In Kentucky Artist, Kentucky Gallery on January 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Kiss, original drawing by What KT Does on Etsy

Revelry Boutique-Gallery, located in Louisville, offers accessible original art and inspired goods from local and international artists.  Their hand-selected screen-printers range from local favorites to world-renowned artists, including Ty Kreft & Amanda Bishop, Madpixel, Jeral Tidwell, Angryblue, CricketPress, Kin Ship Press, Sean Tully, Emily Adams and more!!

Revelry will soon be featuring a special group showing of new screen-print art pieces based on the themes of either “Love” or “Not Love”.  All pieces are limited editions, signed and numbered and are affordably priced at $100 or less.  They are celebrating with a Valentines Party to kick it off on Saturday, February 5, 2011. Doors open at 6 p.m. and close at 10 p.m.

Exhibits run through March 10.

Revelry Gallery Opens Two Contemporary Art Exhibits this Friday

In Kentucky Art Exhibits, Kentucky Artist, Kentucky Gallery on January 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm
In the Main Gallery, Louisville native Ezra Kellerman presents his new collection of contemporary conceptual drawings.  These large-format installations on reclaimed wood are built like poems or formulas with contrived and appropriated images assembled as symbols and metaphors.
In the REV Gallery, professional glass blower, Miah Hunt presents a new collection of grounded and suspended glass pieces.  This work explores the shape and flow of objects in nature and the effect of gravity on matter. William McAvinue co-exhibits.
Everyone is invited to come take part in the refreshments, art, music, and dynamic social scene!
Artists’ reception Friday, January 14 from 6:00- 10:00

Neil Callander’s Upcoming Show

In Kentucky Art Exhibits, Kentucky Artist on January 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Dusty's Tapes, 20″ x 20″ oil on linen on panel, 2010.

Neil Callander, an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Louisville, will show Basement Paintings at the Kentucky School of Art on Sunday January 9th from 3-5. The show will run through January 31st. The show consists of paintings from the last 3 years that were created in (and affected by) Neil’s basement-studio. Refreshments will be provided.

To see more of Neil’s work visit his website.

Go Handmade for the Holidays with the Louisville Female Art Collective

In Good Deals, Kentucky Artist, KY Proactive Community Art Groups on December 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm

The Louisville Female Art Collective offers unique handmade items made be female artists. Their mission is to support female entrepreneurship and create community through the arts. Here are some of my favorite things that I found on their website. They have FREE SHIPPING going on right now!

Brass Lace Necklace, $27


Skinny Beer Tie, $33


Polaroid Greeting Card Boxed Set, 5 cards with envelopes for $12

Shop handmade this holiday season!

Gabrielle Mayer

In Kentucky Artist on December 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm


Royal Market, oil on canvas, 49" x 48"


Gabrielle Mayer is a painting and drawing professor at the University of Louisville. Professor Mayer’s life size renderings of women’s fancy dresses play with color and form but also explore the significance and impact of clothing and style in our culture. Her paintings place a single high fashion garment in illusionistic full color against a flat background of another color to create a dazzling “embodied but not inhabited dress in paint.” See some of her other work here.