Just a few days away from our ribbon cutting ceremony and our grand unveiling of the new and greatly expanded StudioWorks. All our artists have been happy with our big space and have been busy making new art in anticipation of Saturday, December 4. If you are in the Louisville ‘area of 2008 Eastern Parkway, you are invited to stop in and celebrate with us. This will coincide with the 25th Anniversary edition of Bardstown Road Aglow which we are pleased to be included. We will be opening to the public from 3:00pm till 9:00pm with the ribbon cutting festivities happening at 4:00pm.
Nearly everything we brought with us from 4th Street has now been taken out of its moving box. In a month, we have fired our kiln three times. Today was the last firing before we open our holiday sale on Saturday. Here Carol is glazing a wonderful Panda ceramic sculpture she made. The pink liquid she is applying will turn clear and glassy from the heat of the firing. Julie is especially good at hand building with clay. She just goes right to it being careful about this material’s working properties. On her table are various fuses, birds, fire hydrants, and airplanes that she has made.
We have more than just clay going on. The StudioWorks artists are also putting the finishing touches on a few wonderful canvases. Chimel Ford is one of our newer artists and doing a great job on his painting. He likes to use snack food bags as subject matter and also does portraits of people in the music industry that he admires. Chimel just finished a painting of the late Michael Jackson that looks just like the pop star. Here he is working on his most current acrylic on canvas creation.
Nancy Anderson has also been working on a painting. I call it her “Cosmic Bubble” Series, but to Nancy, this has more to do with repeated circles. She can concentrate very heavily on whatever project has her engaged at the moment. She is really good with cross stitch and we hope to introduce her to doing more original work in this medium.
Of course, after the Thanksgiving holiday people start decorating for the next big occasion. We are no different now…except we just quadrupled our space. Last year we only needed one tree and now we have seven or eight! Those trees, however, are not all life-size. Susie, Rebecca, Sallie, and gallery friend Jeff Ellis have been working on the display areas facing Eastern Parkway. I made a few Styrofoam snowmen as props and the whole winter scene is illuminated with white lights. Here’s the girls hanging decorations in our gallery.
Naturally, so many trees require many different ornaments. This year the artists made decorations from clay, glass (both fused and painted), and thin metal. Susie is good at giving demonstrations of new materials and techniques. Here she works with thin metal to produce decorations commonly seen in Mexican folk arts. StudioWorks’ newest staff member is in this group shot. The clean-cut guy on the left is Josh Juett who is a sculptor by training. We welcome him aboard during this very chaotic, fun, and auspicious moment for us!!
We have been busy…but we took on one more project for the holidays. Our friends at the Louisville Visual Art Association have asked us to participate in the making of a special holiday display to be shown inside the old Water Tower building. StudioWorks made two paintings, but I will wait to show you the finished result later. For now, I will show you Jeremy and Eric working on the panel during its early stages.
We have one more decorated storefront window to show you and its special because this is our window. It faces Bardstown Road and gives us a presence on this active corridor. This year we have asked Barry Wooley Designs to take on this challenge for us. Barry and his associate Lisa Angell did much to help us choose color schemes, materials, and furnishings for our new space. It’s always great to make new friends. If you are in the Highlands on Saturday, Dec. 4…please stop by and help us celebrate launching the new and improved StudioWorks and take in Bardstown Road Aglow too!!