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Lexington, KY + Art = LexVC

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

Check out LexVc…

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.

You can find more information at and our facebook page,

Creative Director: Charlie Campbell

Lexington Visual Collective

754 N Limestone Street Lexington KY

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

A Piece from the past by Caravaggio

In Artist: Present & Past on August 6, 2010 at 12:03 am


by Caravaggio

 His paintings, combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of light.

BOGO at Pottery Rowe

In Kentucky Artist on August 4, 2010 at 8:18 pm


Now through Aug 31, 2 for 1 sale.
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Louisville, KY  40206

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Mon – Sat 10-5

48 Hour Film Project in Louisville, KY

In Videos on August 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm

48 Hour Film Project in Louisville, Kentucky

The Louisville 48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project comes to Louisville on the weekend of August 6th. Filmmakers from all over the Louisville area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world.

Enter today! Space is limited.

This year, teams will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Once the initial registration is complete, we will accept teams for the Waiting List. If a registered team must drop out, we will go to the Waiting List. If there is enough interest, and we can secure additional theater time, we may be able to add more teams from the list.


Date: Friday, August 6th
Time: 6-7pm

For more info. check out link:

Not Kentucky Art News, but still Art related…

In Art Organizations, Uncategorized on July 31, 2010 at 9:42 pm
An Art social site to network, exhibit and stay in formed. ArtSlant is your spot for the most up-to-date news on art events and artists in the great art cities of the world.

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Intern Needed…

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 12:15 am

Seeking a volunteer or inter to work in an art gallery 4 to 6 hours a week, depending on need.

For more information email K.A.S. Gallery at or call 502-614-5733