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Kentucky Arts Council

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Tom Musgrave
502-564-3757, ext. 489
tomr.musgrave@ky.gov

Kentucky Arts Council Traveling Exhibit ‘Ways of Seeing’ Begins Statewide Journey in Hindman

“I think there will be a good variety of work in ‘Ways of Seeing,’ and we’re looking forward to hosting it.” —Jessica Evans, Appalachian Artisan Center executive director

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2016) — Artwork that depicts an alternate reality is the feature of the Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling exhibit titled “Ways of Seeing.” The exhibit will run from October 2016 through December 2017.

The work is abstract, conceptual, fantasy-based and experimental. Each work is by an artist in the Kentucky Crafted program or a recipient of the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship.

The exhibit will visit five venues across the state, starting with the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman from Oct. 3 to Dec. 22. There will be a reception 6-8 p.m., Oct. 25 at the center.

Jessica Evans, Appalachian Artisan Center executive director, said the arrival of “Ways of Seeing” coincides perfectly with the grand opening of the center’s new facility at 30 W. Main St. in Hindman.

“We’re thrilled to be chosen as the kickoff venue,” Evans said. “We’ve hosted previous exhibits curated by the Kentucky Arts Council and they’ve been extremely well received. I think there will be a good variety of work in ‘Ways of Seeing,’ and we’re looking forward to hosting it.”

Artist Sandy Miller Sasso’s charcoal and pastel work “Sea of Rains” is one of 25 pieces that will travel with “Ways of Seeing.”

Sasso, an Almo resident who received an Al Smith Fellowship in 1986, said the “Ways of Seeing” theme was ideal for her work, which depicts the moon with a Chinese yam vine.

“I see that vine on the way into my studio every day,” Sasso said. “It’s a weed I have to pull up all the time, but it’s beautiful.”

The piece takes its title “Sea of Rains” from Mare Imbrium, one of the geographic features of Earth’s moon.

Sasso said she is grateful for the opportunity for her work to travel, along with the work of 17 other artists, across Kentucky.

“I’m from Murray and a lot of these places I’ve never been to,” she said. “The idea that folks in Hindman will see my art is really cool.”

Artists participating in “Ways of Seeing” include:

  • Trent Altman, Louisville
  • Lisa Austin, Louisville
  • Pat Banks, Richmond
  • Patricia Brock, Louisville
  • Geoff Carr, Louisville
  • Bruce Frank, Georgetown
  • Linda Fugate-Blumer, Lexington
  • Timothy Gold, Independence
  • Ellen Guyer, Lexington
  • Michael McCardwell, Shelbyville
  • Gary Mesa-Gaido, Morehead
  • Yvonne Petkus, Bowling Green
  • Patricia Ritter, Burkesville
  • Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Lexington
  • Sandy Miller Sasso, Almo
  • Karen Spears Springate, Lexington
  • Deborah Stratford, Louisville
  • Jenny Zeller, Louisville

“Ways of Seeing” will travel to the following Kentucky venues:

  • October – December 2016: Appalachian Artisan Center, Hindman

  • January – February 2017: Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts, Richmond

  • March – May 2017: Whitley County Fine Arts, Williamsburg

  • June – August 2017: Center for Rural Development, Somerset

  • September – December 2017: Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville Community College, Madisonville

For more information on “Ways of Seeing,” contact Kate Sprengnether, arts council public art and design director, at kate.sprengnether@ky.gov or 502-564-3757

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The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council is celebrating 50 years of service in 2016.