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May 3, 2013

Shared studio space

Pendleton Art Center offers $25 walls; 4 artists with different visions highlighted

ASHLAND — This month, the Pendleton Art Center will feature four artists whose work can be seen in the double studio 109 and 111.

The artists aren’t a group; they don’t know one another. They’re each renting a $25 wall, a new offering to artists.

“We started offering the $25 wall about a year ago,” Denise Spaulding, one of the managers of the building, said. “It’s an incubator space for artists who want to try out the Pendleton or don’t have the time to devote to a full studio.”

Four artists from the region are trying the space now.

Linda Vaughn

Flower arranging is Linda Vaughn’s passion, even though she knows how to draw.

Her mother, the late Dolores Vanhoose, was a Pendleton artist who encouraged Vaughn in her creativity. But Vaughn loves flower arranging.

Her works, which include wreaths and floral designs, will be on display and for sale in her space. She also has prints  of her mother’s original works for sale.

Vaughn said she has about 15 of her mother’s paintings and her siblings also have some, but Vanhoose made many prints of her award-winning works.

“We have a whole box full of ribbons she won,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn’s wreaths start at $25; flower arrangements can be found for $30. She said she takes special orders.

Every detail used in her works is hand crafted. For her University of Kentucky wreath, she fashioned a UK and a basketball from cork and handpainted multiple layers to achieve the desired effect.

Vaughn owned the craft store Linda’s Lace and Fabric in Catlettsburg in the 1990s, selling a variety of craft supples and also displaying her works, which were bright and full of color.

“I love color, just like my mother,” she said. “I learned composition from my mother, too.”

When exploring options for selling her works, her husband suggested she rent space in the Pendleton. She said wall space is perfect for her needs.

Diane Smallwood

As a child, Diane Smallwood was inspired by the colors in her sister’s box of colored pencils.

“I could not believe how many colors were possible and I started trying to put down on any surface available what I saw in my mind’s eye,” she said. “This got me into a great deal of trouble and more than one spanking, but I loved the act of creating and kept right on going.”

Creativity runs in the family. Smallwood’s father enjoyed building things and his daughter enjoyed helping him. Her mother was a seamstress and a cake decorator.

Smallwood first studied watercolor while in high school in England. “I loved it. I loved the process and the final product. I also did lino cuts and mono prints it was all wonderful.”

Although she studied nursing in college, she took as many art electives as she could.

“My major afforded me a great background for studying people, and the anatomy classes have been a great help with portraits and figure drawing,” she said.

 She said she works in all media, but prefers watercolor and oils.

“My favorite subjects are children,” she said. “There is an innocence and hope about them that I strive to capture.  I love to do portraits and I have done commissions that have brought me and my clients great satisfaction. Florals and wildlife landscapes also inspire me to paint.” She also does animal and landscape commissions and hopes to return to teaching, too.

Smallwood recently rented wall space at the Pendleton and has found it to be a good move.

“I feel that now is the time to make myself available to the public and other artists. I have been out of the art scene for a while due to some serious injuries and I feel that it’s time to get back in,” she said. “I miss the public interaction and the camaraderie of other artists.”

For the First Friday art walk, Smallwood said she plans to display a wide variety of her works, including some pieces from her personal collection.

Fatima Azimora

Success has followed Fatima Azimora to the Pendleton Art Center.

She joined the Pendleton in April and, at the same time, had three pieces accepted into the Cardinal Valley Art show, one of which won Best of Show.

The South Shore woman works in many kinds of media, but especially acrylic paint. She said she recently discovered her love of photography.

“Recently, I have discovered my new passion in photography, which became a new art language for me,” she said. “I enjoy its immediacy.”

Azimora explores a wide array of subject matter in her work.

“My works are based in critical and dynamic dialogue over a wide variety of issues and concepts,” she said. “I would think surreal/visionary style better fits my way to express myself. Although I have always been a very curious, experimental artist who is frequently build on my own explorations as an artist — using my personal creative experience as a referent and as a learning process.”

Nature is what inspires her most.

“I grew up on Russian 18th century realists artists such as Levitan, Shishkin, Savrasov, Vasnetsov. Studying their composition, copying their brush strokes was a vital experience in developing my own ways of inventing a fantastic world and creating a ‘new reality’ on my canvases,” she said. “Often in my paintings, I use female’s figure as a symbol of beauty and a perfect balance where the body is regarded as a temple of the soul. My works are informed by a combination of personal history, fantasy and mystery.”

She said she has lived in the Tri-State for 12 years and her decision to rent wall space at the Pendleton came from the possibility of making connections.

“This decision was based on my desire to be a part of the local community and to meet new artists of this area,” she said.

A native of Uzbekistan, Azimora is the only artist in her family. She said she never thought about whether to become an artist when she grew up: “Art is not what I do, but who I am.”

Kathryn Moore

Kathryn Moore isn’t trying to sell her artworks; she’s trying to sell the works of her late husband, Charles Moore.

“I’m moving to a smaller house and I’m downsizing,” she said, noting she has hundreds of original watercolor paintings by her husband, who taught science at Ceredo-Kenova High School. She said subject matter tends toward the masculine — architectural sites, rural scenes, boats and cars.

“He was into photography and took a lot of pictures,” she said. “He didn’t start painting until he retired,” which was in 2000.

She already has chosen the pieces she wants to keep — a few rural scenes and river scapes and a bright painting of the theater in Maysville — and which she wants to sell. All pieces will be reasonably priced, she said.

“The highest priced painting is $50,” she said.

There are a few pastels and mixed media, but most are watercolors and all are meaningful to her.

“I just want them to have a nice home,” she said.

The Pendleton Art Center, at 1537-1539 Winchester Ave., also is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Also during First Friday:

‰An exhibit of the art of Al Cornet continues at The Frame Up Gallery and Cafe Zeal, 1436 Winchester Ave.

‰The Story Lady will appear at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, 1620 Winchester Ave. The exhibit titled “The Ballantyne Collection will continue through May at the museum. Music will be provided by Isaac Stephens and friends.

‰The Lamp Post Cafe will feature open mic night for music and poetry from 7 to 8 p.m. and an exhibit of artwork by Lee Ward. The cafe is at the corner of Greenup Avenue and 15th Street.

‰The Upstairs Gallery will be open at 428 Winchester Ave. A book signing will be at the gallery with authors Virginia Monti and her daughter, Andrea Monti, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Live guitar music will be provided by Brian Brown and friends of Paintsville. A demonstration by pencil artist Lisa Smith is planned.

The Thoroughbred Gallery at 1430 Winchester Ave. will present the art of Bill and Sally Salyers.

For more information, call (606) 325-2470 or (304) 633-4401 or visit yessy.com/TUG.

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

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