Andrea Prince always knew she would be an artist.
Both of her grandmothers loved drawing — one sketched plants and the other sketched buildings.
“The first things I drew were horses and roses,” she recalled. “Very typical girl stuff.”
She started drawing portraits when she was in high school and took an art class as a teenager.
After years of study, Price, 38, of Fort Gay, has a studio in the Pendleton Art Center in Ashland, where she works and displays her work.
“Everyone is really supportive and works really hard,” she said. “I’m enjoying it.”
Prince earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Marshall University and a master of fine arts degree from Memphis College of Art. She studied for a semester at the New York Studio Program, part of Parsons and the New School in New York.
She served as visiting artist and taught for a year at Clemson University and was co-coordinator of the community education department at Memphis College of Art, where she worked at developing curricula. She has taught at the Huntington Museum of Art and The Painted Cow in Louisa.
Prince has had a studio at the Pendleton for a few short months, but it is a working studio as well as a studio open to visitors.
“I loved the idea of an art center, but it is a lot of travel for me,” she said. “But It’s a wonderful opportunity for me, too. I’m glad I bit the bullet and (got a studio).”
She describes her work as contemporary abstraction.
“So many things are inspiration, including the creative process itself,” she said. “I think about the kind of questions artists think about to draw inspiration. I think that’s why I gravitate to the abstract, but everything starts with drawing from life.”
During tonight’s Friday Friday art work, Prince said she will have many new pieces of work on display. Many of the pieces focus on birds, she said.
The music will be provided by her husband, Dennis Watts, who plans guitar and sings rock, country and bluegrass.
She said she’s organizing a national juried exhibit that will debut next month at the Pendleton on First Friday and she will offer a children’s art class at 10 a.m. on Saturdays from Sept. 28 to Nov. 2. The drawing and painting classes will be for children 12 through 18,
Prince is in studio 128/130. For more information, visit andreaprince.com.
Also on First Friday:
‰An exhibit of local photography will open with a reception at 7 p.m. at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center. “Groundbreaking Images,” sponsored by the Boyd County Public Library, will run through Aug. 30. A $50 Best of Show prize will be awarded. The museum is at 1620 Winchester Ave. Admission is free. For more information, call at (606) 329-0518, ext. 1140 or visit thebookplace.org.
‰The art of Harley Fannin is on display at The Frame-Up Gallery and Cafe Zeal. The gallery is at 1436 Winchester Ave. For more information, call (606) 324-8565 or visit theframeupgallery.com.
‰The Upstairs Gallery at 1428 Winchester Ave. will be open for First Friday. For more information, call Barbara at (606) 325-2470 or (304) 633-4401 or visit yessy.com/TUG.
‰The Thoroughbred Gallery, at 1430 Winchester Ave., will be open for First Friday. For more information, call Barbara at (606) 325-2470 or (304) 633-4401 or visit yessy.com/TUG.
‰The Lamp Post Café will have artworks by Joe Tingler of Ashland on display. A poetry reading is planned and music will be provided by Aaron McCloud, a staff member at A Brighter Future. Dinersat The Lamp Post Café will have the chance to help the agency that serves those with intellectual disabilities; 20 percent of the bill of diners who present fliers for A Brighter Future will go to the agency. The Lamp Post is at 214 15th St.
LEE WARD can be reached at email@example.com or (606) 326-2661.