Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 2, 2014

Quality and diversity

Pendleton marks accomplishments of all its artists

Lee Ward
The Independent

ASHLAND — January at the Pendleton Art Center will honor the diverse artists that make the center the place to go to shop for art in the Tri-State, managers Denise Spaulding and Melanie Osborne said.

“Most of the artists here are award winning artists who have sold their work here in the area and in other states,” Osborne said, noting many do business on websites, too.

There are 24 artists who have studios at the Pendleton. Some are growing artists whose talents continue improving. Some are accomplished artists with years of experience. Osborne said at least three artists there have been juried into Kentucky Crafted and sell their works at Kentucky Crafted The Market, which is the number one market in the nation. The annual event will be in Lexington this year on March 2 and 3. As a result of his affiliation with the market, former Pendleton artist Jack Jackson has his handcrafted boxes featured in the Sundance catalog, which is a part of Robert Redford’s Sundance Corp.

Spaulding and Osborne’s works are available at Artique in Lexington Center. Most have numerous awards at the local, state and national levels.

Osborne, who has been an artist for 20 years, said she thinks her biggest accomplishment is an ongoing project in which she paints the chiefs of staff at King’s Daughters Medical Center. She has completed more than 40 portraits. She continues to paint commissioned portraits of people, pets and homes. She also has her collegiate license to sell prints of her works “Kentucky Kiss” and “UK Kiss,” which she sold at Kentucky Korner stores.

Osborne and Spaulding might be best known for their mural work. They painted the murals of the floodwall in Catlettsburg and take commissions for murals in homes and businesses.

Spaulding, who has a degree in art from Morehead State University, has been a commercial artist for most of her career. She also has a printing business headquartered at the Pendleton.

Some of the other artists are:

‰Painter Jeremy Grizzle has 14 years of experience teaching art in public schools. He has had solo shows in Cincinnati and Lexington and is executive director of the Arts Council of Northeastern Kentucky.

‰Kathy Welch, a painter,  said she believes her greatest accomplishment as an artist is to have been juried into Tamarack in Beckley, W.Va.

‰Photographer Courtney Thompson of Courthead Does Photography offers wedding photography and senior cuts. She has been nominated for Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

‰Watercolorist Danny Craig is most proud of his portrait of Keith Whitley and taking commissions.

‰Fabric artist Elaine Whitfield has 30 years of teaching experience. She taught home economics and has owned her own business. She is the manager of The Red Caboose in Huntington.

‰Jennifer Hamilton creates pottery with her own kiln and is teaching herself sculpture.

‰Andrea Prince, who studied at the New York Studio program through the Parsons School of Art. She received her master of fine arts in painting from the Memphis College of Art and has won first place awards in photography, drawing and painting and also has been artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center and the Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences. Her work can be seen in galleries throughout the south and was juried into a show by Beth Venn, the former curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

‰Nettie Lewis is an award-winning stained glass artist who also has paints. Her glass, paintings and painted vases have won awards across the country.

‰Janice LeBrun, who teaches watercolor, acrylic and mixed media workshops, belongs to Kentucky Crafted and many other shows and has taken commissions for homes, businesses and the cities of Ashland and Greenup.

The Pendleton has added some new artists recently.

‰Frederick Hightower of Charleston is a painter and sculptor known for his works of T.D. Jakes and his wife and Jesse Duplantis. He said he joined the Pendleton because there’s no other place like it in the region and he wanted to expand his customer base into Kentucky.

‰Gary E. Clarke recently opened a photography studio there, as did Kevin Young, who works in metal and found materials to make clocks. He calls what he does “making something out of nothing.” The newest addition to the Pendleton is Brandi Alicie, who is a potter.

The Pendleton has begun offering art classes called Paint and Partake, a monthly event when the public is invited to bring a favorite beverage and make a painting guided by Osborne and Spaulding. Those who don’t bring a drink or snacks might find something to nibble and sip at the Rock Springs Winery or Andy’s Sweet and Savory, which are set to be open during the event. All materials are provided for a fee of $40. The subject matter is season and no experience is needed for participants to complete a decorative acrylic in one evening. The next Paint and Partake will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 18. Osborne said paintings will have a Valentine theme.

Other activities during tonight’s First Friday art walk:

‰The Lamp Post Cafe will have an open mic poetry reading from 7 to 8 p.m. Uncle Easy is the musical guest with art provided by The Art Collaborative from Ohio University Southern. The cafe is at the corner of Greenup Avenue and 15th Street.

‰The Upstairs Gallery will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. today. Featured artists include oil painter Larry Sumpter, assemblage and acrylic artist Jessica Brooks and photographer Pam DeCamp. The gallery is 1428 Winchester Ave. For more information, visit yessy.com/barbiedell53 or call (606) 325-2470.

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