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Kentucky Arts Council

July 5, 2017

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Lydia Bailey Brown Dear Arts Lovers:

In a recent issue of The Lane Report, I wrote about creativity in manufacturing, and how although an artist’s blueprint may start in a different place than an engineer’s, there are definitely commonalities.

I’m sharing with you an excerpt from that column, including insights from two Kentucky artists on their own blueprints and unique approaches to “manufacturing” art.

Tim Hall“I’m still studying and trying to improve (my work),” said Hall, who carves birds in a variety of realistic settings at his garage studio in Ravenna. “I study all the time and take pictures and change my patterns. I’m always trying to make the next one just a little bit better.”

On average, Hall’s work usually takes a little more than one week to create, though he says birds in flight take longer.

Customized art pieces start from a different place than do mass-manufactured products. Potentially a piece will be functional in other ways and provides utilitarian purpose as well, but the location of the blueprint starts somewhere in the manufacturer’s (artist’s) soul.

In the case of wood sculptor Tim Hall, his blueprint is divinely inspired. Each piece he creates is signed, numbered and bears the inscription “Made by Tim Hall with God’s help.”

Public muralist Andee Rudloff of Bowling Green said her creative blueprint is inspired when creative people notice things that other people don’t. She recognizes that public art has a social influence.

“That becomes more and more what you do every day,” Rudloff says, when speaking of connecting people to art. “You can’t not do it.”

Rudloff says usually she is typically able to complete one of her murals in about a week, but that she has done projects that have taken years to finish. Regardless of the length of time required to complete a piece, an important element of her creative blueprint is the connection of people.

“As I became a painter and a muralist, I realized the way to do this was to involve people in conversation,” Rudloff says. “Their words can become images. I’ve tried to bring people to that art conversation through my mural work, I do that in a variety of ways. I’m happy when people can connect to it.”

Manufacturing art involves planning and process, but the obvious differences impact people.

Let’s admit it! Art is the most invigorating of manufacturing processes – it turns our socks, engages us, invites us, makes us drool, and keeps us happy. The artist is the ultimate of operations geeks. Go out and support your local ops geek today and praise her or his process, and you invest in the ultimate economic development of innovative manufacturing in Kentucky.

To read the full Spotlight on the Arts column, please visit The Lane Report online.

Lydia Bailey Brown
Lydia Bailey Brown
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Derby Blanket exhibit featured work by
Kentucky School for the Blind

Twenty-eight schools from across the state had art on display at the Governor’s Derby Celebration, May 6 on the lawn of the Old State Capitol.

Owsley Farmers Market Debuts Kentucky Arts Council Initiative, ‘Homegrown Handmade’
Owsley County Farmers Market will debut “Homegrown Handmade” as part of its 2017 grand opening June 3 in Booneville.

Kentucky Arts Council Honors Kentucky Crafted: The Market Exhibitors with Awards, Recognizes Purchase Award Sponsors
Exhibitors at last month’s Kentucky Crafted: The Market received awards in categories ranging from booth design to customer service.


Sept. 13 – Application deadline

Sept. 15 – Application deadline
Architectural Artists Directory

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

Sept. 4 – Labor Day


On Your Mark – Get Set – Print! - Kentucky Artisan Center features printmaking techniques in July
During the month of July the Kentucky Artisan Center will present demonstrations by four Kentucky printmakers who will show visitors an array of print techniques and printing processes.

Kentucky Artisan Center honors state's history
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will honor the 225th Anniversary of Kentucky becoming a state in 2017, with the exhibit 225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History.



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