Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 29, 2012

Wide variety of art, artists represented in Grayson Gallery’s upcoming show

Lee Ward
Associated Press

ASHLAND — The most recent show at Grayson Gallery and Art Center attracted a wide range of artists from a large geographical area.

The show, HeART of the Parks Juried Art Show and Sale, will be on display through December, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Dan Click, gallery director, said more than 70 pieces of art, including drawing, printmaking, watercolor, acrylics, photography/digital media and three dimensional and mixed media, from 30 artists make up the exhibit and every artist who submitted work had at least one piece accepted, which indicates a high caliber of art.

“The participation from so many artists, both in the local Tri-State area and from hundreds of miles away, shows the willingness and dedication of so many talented and creative people to make the Grayson Gallery their choice for showing their work he said, noting more artists new to the area participated, which means interest in visual art in Grayson is growing.

“Not only is the quality of the art work improving but we are also seeing more and more diverse media being submitted,” he said.

Interest from nearby is on the rise, too.

“The support we continue to receive from the city of Grayson, local organizations, businesses and individuals lets us know the gallery's mission, to establish a venue to showcase regional talent in all the arts, is important to the community as a whole,” Click said.

Juror for the show was Nathan Zamarron, Community Arts Manager at LexArts and Grayson native. Inspired by his grandfather’s landscape paintings and woodworking, Zamarron creatves sculpture, paints and makes prints. He is the manager of LexArts General Operating Support and Community Arts Development Grants programs and has organized Lexington’s Downtown Gallery Hop, Arts Showcase Weekends, exhibits in ArtsPlace Gallery and the City Gallery, an independent film series, seven community murals in Fayette County and three contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibition in downtown Lexington. He worked with Artrain USA, a

national traveling exhibit and education program, which received the IMLS National Service Award, the highest honor the U.S. government gives to a museum or library, and the NEA American Masterpiece Award.

HeART of the Parks Juried Art Show & Sale willl open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Grayson Gallery and Art Center during F!nal Fr!day at the gallery. The gallery will be open again Saturday and various times during December.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.