Making it Local

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Being an artist from Kentucky, I struggle with identity issues. 

Personally, I feel that I am a global citizen and that my art should appeal to a wider audience beyond my bluegrass borders. I find myself trying to rid my work of any hints or clichés that might cue the viewer in to knowing that I am from a small town in the middle of Kentucky. Because, let's face it - the contemporary art world doesn't seem to have a high appreciation for the culture of rural America. There are exceptions - mostly in the form of outsiders like Caroline Kennedy, looking in to reveal impoverished mountain folk sitting shoeless and shirtless on a dilapidated front porch full of dirty-faced children. I can appreciate their efforts in raising awareness of the poverty and conditions of less fortunate Appalachian people, but they aren't doing any favors toward artists who truly wish to express themselves outside these preconceived hillbilly roles. 

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Art + Math

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Hat Top 2014 Mi-Teintes watercolor paper and hand-blown glassA lot of artists don't consider themselves good at math, and many mathematicians and scientists don't seem interested in art, but there are always exceptions, and as more and more studies show, arts education positively impacts student performance in other subjects. And whether you realized it or not, mathematic principles have influenced artists for centuries: M.C. Escher was inspired by tesselations and polyhedrons, and the Golden Ratio can be found in works by Leonardo da Vinci and Georges Seurat.

This week, we get to see mathematics applied to mediums of paper and glass sculpture at Lunch with the Arts. Erik and Martin Demaine will give us their artistic and mathematical take on origami – not paper planes and cranes, but curved-crease origami sculptures.

This father-and-son team has been experimenting with folded paper, glass and other materials for years, creating breathtaking sculptures like the one pictured here. They both teach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Erik is a professor of

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The Power of Photography

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"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know." --Diane Arbus

  Saint Patrick’s Day, 2013. It’s taken three trains and two hours to get to King’s Cross Station in St. Patrick's Day 2013 in London. The photographic proof that it was cold and pretty miserable. London. It’s a Sunday, and a holiday, so everyone and their aunt seems to be riding the Tube. When the train finally comes to a halt at King’s Cross, I have to push through the jam packed train car to get to the door before it closes. I stop briefly on the platform to gather my surroundings. Then, I have to push my way through the crowds of one of London’s largest (and busiest) stations. I surface next to a construction site and watch as large drops of rain pool in the seat of an empty crane, its giant claw resting on the beam of an unfinished building. I didn’t know it was supposed to rain. Cursing myself for (once again) not remembering an umbrella, I stand briefly under the station’s awning, gathering my courage before launching myself out into the street. I walk uphill past a sea of umbrellas, Kabab shops and internet cafes, until I finally reach my friend’s apartment. I press up against the side of the building, trying to avoid the ever increasing rain, and buzz up to her. She comes down and we’re off—we’re going to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade near Charring Cross.

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"Bluegrass Patchwork" is coming!

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Attention quilters! We are seeking participants and entries for a juried exhibit this summer. “Bluegrass Patchwork” will showcase both traditional and art quilts Wednesday, June 4 through Saturday, August 2. Deadline for entries is Monday, May 5.

This is an idea that has been brewing for quite some time.

“Just about every year, someone suggests that we have a quilt show, and they are absolutely right,” says Brandon Long, our programming director. “This year, during June and July, the Community Arts Center is having our first juried quilt show. We have a lot of great quilters in our community and throughout Kentucky, and we would love to showcase their work. June is one of the busiest and most festive months in Danville with the Great American Brass Band Festival and the Arts Commission’s Gallery Hop, and we think it would be a

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New dance lessons leap into the Arts Center

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Community Arts Center Irish dance instructor Arianna Gorton, leaping at sunsetThis year’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities may be over, but the spirit and luck of the Irish lives on at the Community Arts Center starting April 9 with a brand new class offering, Intro to Irish Dance!

This is the first time Irish dancing has been offered in Boyle County, and no matter your age or skill level, we have a class for you: the 5:30 p.m. class is for children ages 5 to 14, and the 7 p.m. session is for teens and adults.

Instructor Arianna Gorton (pictured) is one of many who became hooked on Irish dance after the release of “Riverdance” in the 1990s. She looked for opportunities to become involved, and found the McTeggart School of Irish Dance in Lexington. She now performs at the Open Championship level and enjoys coaching teams of beginner dancers.

“In traditional Irish dance, the upper body is

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Exhibit Hours:

Wed. - Fri.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat.: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Office Hours:

Mon. - Fri: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

401 W. Main Street

Danville, KY  40422