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Lexington, KY + Art = LexVC

In Kentucky Gallery, See It Now, Stumble Upon on July 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm

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Lexington Visual Collective  mission is to provide a home, not just for the individual artist but for every artist in Lexington through an open environment in which to meet, collaborate, work and play.It is to provide consolidated resources and opportunities focused especially on emerging artists, to help them better integrate into the Lexington arts community and its supporting institutions.We aim to compliment the services of our local non-profit organizations, as well as the collegiate training of visual artists who are ready to advance their careers in and outside of Lexington.

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Creative Director: Charlie Campbell

Lexington Visual Collective

754 N Limestone Street Lexington KY

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.

Why Botanical Art?

In See It Now on May 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm

             Amethystine Memories by Linda Bourgault

Botanical art creates an awareness of plant life in various forms.  Plants are a living art form and many talented artists acknowledge the power of plant life and it’s beauty. However, botanical artists have the ability through their work to capture in an image or painting what most can not see by viewing a plants outer appearance. The botanical art tradition combines science and art. Botanical artists seek to understand the structure of plants and to communicate this knowledge to their audience in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

K. A. S. Gallery is exhibiting  a variety of national and international botanical artists at Mellwood Art Center, from May 13Th to June 24Th.  An art reception will be held on May 27Th, 6:30 -9 p.m.

Keith Haring Show at the Contemporary Arts Center

In See It Now on February 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm




February 26-September 5, 2011
Opening Celebration: Friday, February 25

The public has a right to art. Art is for everybody.
-Keith Haring

I’ve been anticipating this for months! Keith Haring ranks among the most iconic, influential and popular artists in the world. Nearly twenty years after his death, this historic exhibition of rarely exhibited early work examines the prolific years that established Haring’s language as an artist, his politics and social conscience.

See It Now: K.A.S. Gallery’s Mixed Media Exhibit

In See It Now on February 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm
Express Yourself – A Mixed Media Exhibit
February 4 – March 18th
Reception Feb. 25
Kentucky Art Speaks/K.A.S. Gallery at Mellwood Art Center is currently featuring a mixed media collaboration. This exhibit expresses the imaginative and analytical minds of 15 regional artists. These artist devour the emotions of today’s society and exploit them through the creativity of their work. The artists have the ability to break down the barrier between the viewers and  the real world with close detail, suppressed and flamboyant emotion and a clear alertness of color. See it now!

Marilyn by Charles Wayne Shelton II


See It Now: Shinji Turner-Yamamoto at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati

In See It Now on January 12, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Shinji Turner-Yamamoto: Disappearances

September 18, 2010 – January 30, 2011

Curated by Justine Ludwig
Level 2 (Lower)

For this installation, Turner-Yamamoto uses elements such as plaster and paint chips to create sculptural works and a series of paintings which together are meant to comment on fragility and transience in the human world.  The painting series (see above image), Pentimenti, utilizes a gilding technique inspired by medieval icons.

Disappearances is part of a larger regional project. Concurrent to this show, Turner-Yamamoto’s installation Hanging Garden was on view at Holy Cross Church—the abandoned chapel located in the Monastery in Mount Adams. Hanging Garden is a sculpture consisting of two trees—a live tree perched atop a dead one—with roots intertwined.  While surveying the grounds of the chapel, Turner-Yamamoto found the pieces of plaster and paint chips used in Disappearances. The installation was taken down on October 17th, but there is a picture of it below.

Both Disappearances and Hanging Garden are a part of Turner-Yamamoto’s Global Tree Project, an international art initiative that seeks to open and affirm connections between audiences and the natural world.

Shinji Turner-Yamamoto was born in 1965 in Osaka, Japan and studied fresco painting in Kyoto.  He has exhibited around the world, from India to Ireland, and is committed to using historic and natural elements in his work as meditations on the environment.


Hanging Garden: Holy Cross Church at the Monastery in Mt. Adams, 2010.



See It Now: Debra Lott at K.A.S Gallery

In Kentucky Gallery, See It Now on January 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Debra Lott is a figurative oil painter and art educator. From January 2nd to February 2nd, she will be exhibiting her work at the Gallery. Come by and check it out! View more of Debra’s work and read her bio here.

See It Now: Death of Childhood at 21c Museum

In Kentucky Art Exhibits, See It Now on December 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Death of Childhood

21c Museum Celebrates El Día de los Muertos with a collaboration with University of Louisville Professor Mitch Eckert’s Color Photography Course. Click here for more information and pictures from the exhibit.
Late October – Early December
in Gallery 4

See It Now: Lexington Art League’s KY.7 Biennial

In Kentucky Art Exhibits, Kentucky Artist, See It Now on September 14, 2010 at 8:00 am

Destiny and Adventures in the Opposite Direction by Mike Calway-Fagen (Nashville, TN)

September 11 – October 23, 2010
The second in a series, KY.7 Biennial is a regional survey of contemporary art produced in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its seven contiguous states: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Artwork selected is innovative in concept and execution, is culturally relevant, and addresses issues important to contemporary life.
Juried by John Begley (Gallery Director and Coordinator of Critical and Curatorial Studies at the Hite Art Institute), Jason Franz (Executive Director and Chief Curator at Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center) and Becky Alley (LAL Exhibitions and Programs Director).

See It Now: “New Members, New Works” at PYRO Gallery

In Kentucky Art Exhibits, Kentucky Artist, See It Now on September 10, 2010 at 6:33 pm

New Members – New Works

Christopher Mozier – Laura Eklund –
Sarah LaBarge – Suzanne E. Dougherty

September 9 – October 17
Opening Reception: Friday, September 10, 6-9pm
First Friday Trolley Hop: October 1, 6-9pm

PYRO Gallery welcomes its four newest members, Christopher Mozier, Laura Eklund, Sarah LaBarge, and Suzanne E. Dougherty, to the gallery with the show “New Members, New Works” showing Thursday, September 9th through Sunday, October 17th with an opening reception on Friday, Setember 10th, 6-9 P.M. The show is representative of the four artists who are all at different stages in their artistic careers and whose work spans different mediums, source material, and artistic ideology. These differences become inherent in the way each artist explains their previous and current work.

For more information on the individual artists, click here.