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“Artists in Our Midst” Exhibition
April 26, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - July 27, 2013 @ 5:00 pmFree
Sunlight illuminates a row of brilliant orange maples above Lexington Road in Lynn Dunbar’s oil painting. Tiny crayon dinosaurs dance across porcelain slabs in one multi-media piece by Katie Melechin. Culled from the (extremely) local artists of Jefferson and contiguous counties, the upcoming group show “Artists in our Midst” at the Kaviar Forge & Gallery will question the ongoing prejudice against local art. In a city like Louisville, there is no want for talented and ambitious artists. In fact, we are always surrounded by artists, and it is their work to reveal the mysterious in the banal of daily life. A visitor to the “Artists in Our Midst” exhibition may be caught squinting at several paintings on display, trying to understand his familiarity with the scenes depicted. The culture of the world at hand is portrayed, from the vivid colors of flowers for sale at Bardstown Market, to the zombie walk that occasionally catches tourists by surprise, to the wildlife of Louisville. The artists have reinvigorated what was familiar and made it strange. It is a reminder that all artists are local to someplace.
The exhibition opens April 26, with an artist reception during the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop from 6-9pm. Over thirty artists have work appearing in the exhibition, which was open to all media and genres. Featuring the work of Louisville favorites Steve Eilers, whose playful painting “Sunday with Seurat” reimagines the famous pointillist beach scene, and Lindsay Frost, whose woodwork surpasses craft and reaches an almost spiritual level of unity with nature, the exhibition also includes manylesser-known artists. Delbert Deatrick is an 83 year old who paints daily and has never displayed his work previously. Joanne Weiss uses embroidered silk and bamboo screens to create lush tapestries, while Jada Lynn uses digital photography to create the startling effect of her piece, entitled, “Bacon Wall.” (For a complete list of the artists, visit craigkaviar.com). The wild range in media and technique only prove the rich texture of the local arts scene.
The Kaviar Gallery currently represents over one hundred artists, some of whom will provide new work for the exhibition. Located on Frankfort Ave in Clifton, the gallery brims with various fine arts, crafts, jewelry and furniture. Owner Craig Kaviar, who is a renowned sculptor and blacksmith himself, is a proponent of Louisville arts and a fervent believer in the importance of celebrating local arts and crafts.
Gallery Hours: Thursday & Friday 12-6, Saturday 12-4