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“Crafts in Kentucky” Exhibition
September 27, 2013 @ 8:00 am - December 28, 2013 @ 5:00 pmFree
Expertly crafted, hand-made 18th century lantern reproductions by Joel Gregg boast hand-cut reclaimed glass panels surrounded by stained pinewood and exquisitely decorated tin accoutrements. Included in the design are Gregg’s own wax candles, a finishing touch that sends the viewer on a journey through history. Maiken Young’s skillfully woven garments shine in their simplicity and functionality while their lush fabric and draping creates a look of effortless beauty for anyone. Artists hailing from Kentucky counties near and far are assembling for the upcoming group show “Crafts in Kentucky” at the Kaviar Forge & Gallery, celebrating Kentucky’s deep rooted tradition in the production of fine crafts. In a state like Kentucky, there is no want for talented and ambitious artists. In fact, we are always surrounded by artists, and it is their work that helps to elevate and promote Kentucky’s reputation as an energetic artistic community. Visitors to “Crafts in Kentucky” will find themselves surrounded by work created by artists possessing heightened skill, dexterity, innovation, and, of course, a connection to the spirit of Kentucky. The group show will consist of stunning fiber sculpture, ceramics, woodwork, jewelry, woven garments, and swordsmithing, all of which pay homage to the ongoing rich tradition of fine Kentucky crafts and crafts people.
“Kentucky has a long tradition of fiber crafts and a vibrant contemporary community. As a feltmaker and Kentuckian, I am honored to bring my interpretation of this ancient craft to Kentucky audiences.” –Tonya Vance
The exhibition opens September 27, with an artist reception during the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop on November 28th from 6-9pm. Over 12 artists have work appearing in the exhibition, which was open to all Kentucky Crafts men and women. Featuring the work of Vallorie Henderson and Tonya Vance, whose ethereal felted wool sculptures challenge viewers to think differently about fiber as a sculpture medium, and Jared Stier whose swordsmithing and woodwork inspire feelings of both delicacy and power, the exhibition also includes many other talented Kentucky crafts people. (For a complete list of the artists, visit craigkaviar.com). A wide range of media and technique will be on display for onlookers to enjoy.
The Kaviar Gallery currently represents over one hundred artists. 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