Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

December 22, 2013

Art that's close to home

Holiday, folk art displays at Huntington Museum of Art highlight regional talent

Lee Ward
The Independent

HUNTINGTON — Folk art lovers can find a plethora of creations to enjoy at the Huntington Museum of Art.

The exhibit “Self-taught, Outsider, Visionary: Highlands from the Folk Art Collection” consists of works created by self-taught, non-academic artists, many of whom are Kentucky natives, including Minnie Adkins, Donny Tolson, Edgar Tolson, Carl McKenzie, Noah Kinney, Charley Kinney, Evan Decker and Earnest Patton. Pieces are art of the museum’s collection and most the museum acquired in the 1980s and 1990s.

The collection also has many 19th century folk art examples of paintings, sculpture and textiles, including works by Sala Bosworth, Susannah F. Nicholson, Asa Ames and Eliza Isabella Means Seaton, which also will be part of the exhibition, which will continue through March 30.

The holidays bring a special exhibit by local artists.

“Art on a Limb” includes five trees decorated with ornaments created by local artists.

The large tree in the Great Hall bears wooden artists’ palettes which have been designed and painted by local artists.

Other trees include a folk art tree, a tree decorated with ornaments made by wood carvers, a tree full of handmade beads and a tree with needlepoint ornaments.

This is the third year the museum has invited artists from the region to create ornaments for trees.

The exhibit will close on Jan. 5

For more information on exhibits or events at HMA, visit hmoa.org or call (304) 529-2701.

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