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The StudioWorks artists have been amazingly productive over the last month and I would like to share a few images of their 2-d artwork with you.  Our artistic community has grown as the program has become better known in Louisville and Zoom Group has great plans for the future.  Currently, a new website for the company is being designed and posts from this blog will migrate over to it.  In the meantime, the spirit of our studio remains high.  We have added new artists and our former newbies are beginning to discover what materials they like and what ideas are worth exploring.  This post begins with a nice color marker drawing by Marie Vample who is getting more sophisticated with her designs.  Among our newer artists is Alexander Burden and here is a taste of the work he likes to make.

Alexander has an interesting style that merges text and images.  In fact, he likes to script stories that blend reality with fantasy.  He is also a fan of trains and likes creating pictures of railroad crossings.  Future posts are sure to contain those images as well.  The StudioWorks staff is looking forward to seeing what Alexander will come up with next.  Matthew Torstrick has been with us for a few months now and he fits in very well.  Matthew likes making his art with waxy crayons which he polishes to a high sheen.  This is one of his works.

An artist we feel that is worth watching is Chimel Ford.  Recently, Chimel had five of his paintings published in a local magazine and several of those works then sold.  He likes to borrow images from familiar snack and drink products which he then turns into wonderful thickly rendered acrylic paintings.  The next image is a good example of one of his creations.

Another artist who has settled in well into our environment is Dorothy Hawkins.  She is a sweet person who really loves to make art.  Every once in a while, she decides that she wants to do a portrait of a famous personality.  We loved the Johnny Cash painting she did and she later followed that work up with this one.  I think nearly everyone would recognize an image of the young Elvis.

Jeremy Smith likes to draw and make jewelry.  Recently he came up with this nice drawing of cardinal birds.  For him it is a bit of a departure from the fantasy and mythological subjects he likes to work with.  There is a soft side of him that really loves animals.

Speaking of animals, I would like to close with a trio of dog images.  Dogs are among the favorite animal subjects chosen by our Studio Works artists.  Carol Thorp completed two commissions for pet portraits.  One of the case managers that works with us asked Carol if she could make a couple of embroideries of her beloved dogs.  This was right up Carol’s alley and here are the results that now await framing.  Carol made real strides with this particular project.  Her needle work is becoming more “painterly” as she overlays different thread colors.

One last dog image before we call it a post and it belongs to Natalie Lanier.  Natalie is a prolific artist and a fairly good poet too.  This work recently came off her brush and it made all of us in the studio smile.  We hope it does the same thing for you!

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Before heading to the Fourth of July holiday with its extended weekend, we were thrilled to have another visiting artist!  Suzi Zimmerer, a professional artist in the Louisville community,  graciously shared her work among our circle of artists.

Suzi creates amazing images by cutting paper.  Best of all, her imagination is open and witty which came through the many examples of her art she brought to us.  Here she holds whimsical designs that seem to be part animal/machine hybrids.  Suzi is an accomplished draughtsman and much of her art is rooted in the language of drawing.  Her artwork has been exhibited all over the United States.

This is a simpler example of one of Suzi’s papercuts which seems related to the imagery found in Mexican folk art.  Suzi and her partner, Keith Kleespies once lived in Sante Fe before moving to Louisville.  One of the StudioWorks artists, Natalie Lanier,  especially responded to Suzi’s elegant images of stylish women.  After the presentation, Natalie was inspired to  create a cut paper artwork of her own!  Another StudioWorks artist, Marie Vample, really connected with one of Suzi’s collage sketchbooks.

Bradley Bohannon fell in love with the masks that Suzi made and brought along and he entertained us with his Godzilla impression!  I like that you can see his big smile despite having most of his face hidden.  A couple of weeks a go, Bradley made a very nice ceramic mask of his own.

After her informal presentation, Suzi made the rounds to see what the StudioWorks artists were currently making.  Carol showed both Suzi and Keith her newest commissions in progress.  Carol is doing two portraits of beloved pet dogs in embroidery.  Her needle work keeps getting better and better!

Julie Baldyga has been working on a series of oil pastels featuring electrical workers from around the world repairing transformers.  Here Julie shows Suzi something about her own amazing art making techniques.

This is an example of Julie’s series which highlights electrical workers switching out ceramic insulators while standing on substations?  Talking with Julie…we all learn more about electrical equipment which she likes to research on the internet.  In the following image, you can tell the workers are from India because the one on the right has a red dot on his forehead.

Other new pieces in the gallery include a nice acrylic painting on paper that Chimel Ford painted.  The subject speaks for itself!  Of late, Chimel has been on a productive and positive roll.

StudioWorks keeps growing with the addition of new artists.  Among are newest is Alexander B. who painted this scene of two people standing near a house.  Alexander likes to script the dialog and action in some of his pictures.  In this painting all his words have been covered over with paint.  We will try to get this young artist to leave a bit of the words visible to give viewers a better sense for what is happening.  Alexander also loves trains and so we expect to see some of that imagery popping up every now and then.  The staff loves the way he presents the human figure.

Bradley created a very entertaining color pencil and crayon piece inspired by the newest Green Lantern movie.  In his drawing, the staff and artists of StudioWorks have all been transformed into super heroes ready to do battle with all that threaten our fair planet.  Nobody better mess with us!

StudioWorks would like to thank Suzi Zimmerer for sharing her art work and time with us.  It is through these visiting artist encounters that our artists receive so much positive reinforcement and underscores how universal creativity can be.  We are lucky to live in such a vibrant and giving art community that exists in Louisville and look forward to other visiting artist presentations.  Before ending, the StudioWorks artists have had a series of collaborative in-house projects going on and one of them features lots of cut up fabric being braided and knotted together.  So far, Terry and Rebecca have gotten into this the most, but other artists have contributed as well.  What this fabric will become is still being decided and that is the exciting and creative part.  We will keep you posted on its progress!  Thanks for stopping by!!

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 This past week Zoom Group and StudioWorks received a visit from Commissioner Stephan Hall who leads the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  For Commissioner Hall, ( the gentleman on the left), this was his second look at our art program, but the first in our new space!  Leading the way for Zoom Group is the company’s president Annie Rosenberg Sattich, accompanied by Judy Erwin and Keith Ringer.  The Commissioner was impressed by our new space and the fresh direction that Zoom Group is undertaking.  Among the projects Commissioner Hall would have seen are two works in progress that our collaborative in nature.

Dorcas Kempf-Fluhr has been working on her acrylic on mat board paintings for several months now.  Her abstract works are characterized by deep, intense colors applied with an automatic technique.  Now that a fair amount of paintings have built up around Dorcas…we all hatched up the idea that it might be fun to make one giant painting from them!  Dorcas loved the idea.

So far, the paintings have been arranged onto a cardboard backing that has been reinforced with wood strips.  The paintings have been attached with hook fasteners to the cardboard.  We have reinforced the back with duct tape.  There are a few more kinks to work out including where will we hang Dorcas’ magnum opus when it’s complete and ready to go?  Looking around our large space…there are still just a few places where it looks like it could naturally hang.  I will show you where we hung it in our next post.

The second project Commissioner Hall would have seen is a plaster sculpture in progress.  StudioWorks staff member Josh Juett poured wet plaster into a reinforced cardboard box and let the mixture set.  When it was ready to work on anybody that was interested in learning something about subtractive sculpture could lend a hand.  Eric, Craig, David, and Marie got into this project the most.

The plaster was removed using rasps and files and because the plaster was still damp, there was no dust to contend with.  Before long the idea to pierce the sculpture by making a hole through it engaged several shifts of artists.  This work is still unfinished, but here is another image of it with Katie our valued volunteer pulled into the picture.

It’s hard to believe the month of June has flown by so quickly.  There’s still more to show of the great things we did over the last few weeks.  June was also Julie’s birthday month and she celebrated it over several lunches.  On one trip to Lynn’s Paradise Cafe, she was gifted with these star-shaped glasses which she couldn’t wait to wear to the studio  See you next time.

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One of our favorite things to do at StudioWorks is to invite artists in our community to share their art and story in our space.  Keith Kleespies was gracious in accepting our invitation and brought a box full of his art.  Keith is originally from the Cincinnati area and found much early success there before coming to Louisville.  His presentation was informal and our artists were eager to see what would come out of the box next!

Keith’s work is delightful and sophisticated and our artists enjoyed his imagery which is frequently humorous.  At all times Keith’s work is well drawn and designed.  Of late, he has been making gestural drawings and scanning them into the computer which then becomes further manipulated.  Keith shared that he is slowly losing his vision and the computer has become a tool that allows him to continue his art making.  Where his art ends up is usually far from where it began in his process.

Keith is an aficionado of the “Blues” which is evident from the above sculpture.  The Blues is a uniquely American musical form that speaks directly to life’s many experiences.  Keith’s sculpture combines the names of important Blues locations with some of its famous singers and musicians.

Here Jeremy checks out another Kleespies’ original that again acknowledges the Blues and the art of illustration.  Keith is an excellent cartoonist and familiar with that tradition as well.  To be a Blues man is to lead a wandering lifestyle and this is why shoes are such an important image to Keith.

After Keith finished his art presentation with some wonderfully designed graphic pieces in his portfolio…our StudioWorks artists wanted to show him what they have been making!  Here Keith takes in Eric’s latest drawing that is a montage of different dog breeds drawn in various sizes.

Bradley Bohannon couldn’t wait to show Keith his latest entitled “Heros”.  It’s a collage and drawing honoring the brave servicemen that help keep us safe.

We really thank Keith and his wife Suzi for stopping by and sharing a bit of themselves with us.  Suzi is a wonderful artist too and we look forward to her presentation sometime in the near future.  Both of these artists have become good friends and supporters of the StudioWorks mission and that means a lot to us.  To end, here is a small Kleespies’ sculpture made with cardboard, paint, and a pipe cleaner that displays Keith’s wit and humor.  Thanks Keith!!!

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Although the event was last Saturday, I thought I would present a few images from StudioWorks’ participation.  The above image was the poster for the street wide celebration and many businesses and sponsors along Louisville’s famous Bardstown Road that joined in.  Our thanks to the Highland Commerce Guild for organizing such a fun event.

It is an important part of Zoom Group’s and thus StudioWorks’ mission to be involved in the life of the larger community.  Bardstown Bound was a great way for visitors to get to know, check out, and purchase the art made in our studio/gallery.  Since we are currently only open during the business week, this was also an opportunity for folks who wanted to visit us to do so.

The event was a light-hearted gathering and a good excuse to have a sale.  The StudioWorks artists have been so productive that we have art literally everywhere inside the building!  To further entice visitors, we gave an additional 20% off our already modest prices.  Remember at StudioWorks, the artists receive an 80% commission on all sold art works.  Sales were good during Bardstown Bound and nearly every artist sold work.

Although it was a busy Saturday, many of our artists were able to attend and show off their works to friends and visitors.  Here Carol (in the blue pants) talks about her wonderful embroideries framed and hanging on the gallery’s walls.  Our artists are really proud of StudioWorks and have responded by making some of their best works yet.  The space is so nice that we have had many inquiries from other artists with developmental disabilities who would like to have a chance to work with our talented staff and volunteers.

The Zoom Group staff were supportive and came out for our event.  Our gallery used to be around the corner from the main office, but now we are more across town.  The company’s president, Annie Rosenberg-Sattich and her husband Steve enjoyed the many works on view.  Annie remembers when this program was just a few individuals gathered together in the back of a coffee-house.  Look at us now!

It’s always a pleasure to show off a sellection of the works that are made in our space.  We were really pleased by how Marie Vample’s ceramic tile came out.  She did a fine and careful job of glazing its surface.

On another ceramic note, here are Julie Baldyga’s wacky cat family.  This ensemble features a mother cat and her two kittens playing with their electrical fuses!  Julie also made ceramic birds and mice also playing with their respective fuses.  Julie is such a multi-talented and interesting person and artist.  For her, the commitment to art making extends past what she does at StudioWorks.  Natalie Lanier is also a fine artist and here is her latest acrylic on canvas painting.

Natalie entitled this painting “Lady Bug” and I had to photograph it quickly on the gallery’s front carpet because this work found a new home during our Bardstown Bound event!  Congratulations Natalie!!  One final shot and this shows the wonderful tissue pompoms that the staff made as decorations for the event.  They really look good from outside too!  See you next week.

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Louisville is fortunate to have the galleries, museums, and visual art scene that we do and we love being an active participant in it all.  StudioWorks artist, Julie Baldyga does an amazing job with oil pastels and so when a fine exhibit in that medium by another artist is up…we have to go see it!  Here Julie admires a great piece by Louisville artist Martin Rollins at B. Deemer Gallery.  Brenda Deemer has maintained a wonderful gallery for many years and is also a frame shop of some note too!  Julie is a dedicated artist pursuing her vision and so when we work with her, it is more a matter of providing materials and letting her run with them because she knows what to do!  Here are two more interesting pieces by Julie which feature figurative portraits and machinery.

I’ll throw in a better detail of the still life within this oil pastel on paper.

Many of Julie’s pieces are set in Heaven which is an interesting aspect of some of her art.  Whatever shortcomings or difficulties a person may have faced in life…in Heaven, everything will be made right.  This piece features a figure, electrical transformer, toy locomotive and heavenly flower garden.  This is a fairly large work on paper.

Another StudioWorks artist who loves working with pastels is David Mahoney.  David has this piece up in a local show and it is one of his more amusing works!  David is quite the humorist!!  In case you can’t tell…it’s a monkey mom and baby!  He frequently works with animal subjects.

David grew up around a farm and you can see the influences in some of his chosen subject matter.  Here are two more oil pastels, the turkey was drawn on a wood panel while the three cows are on paper.

On a very different note is the art of Terry Bishop.  Terry is a very able draftsman with an intuitive sense for composition and design.  He works both with images and with geometric shapes.  Terry has several drawings in color pencil and or color markers that feature all over compositions of repeated shapes and are among his most compulsive works.  Here are two that utilize various triangular shapes.

Terry also likes to draw animals and I like the way these mysterious creatures in this drawing spread out across the page.  Sometimes I feel the multiple legs are meant to suggest motion?

Another new artist at StudioWorks that bears watching is Artis Appling.  He’s a hard worker and shares some qualities that Terry has.  Both alternate between symbolic and representational imagery.  Here’s an amazingly colorful oil pastel that Artis made recently.

To close this post, I’ll end with another of Artis’ drawings.  He frequently uses hearts in his work which always brings a smile to our faces.  Have a great week everybody!

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The StudioWorks artists continue to be amazingly productive and have made some really knock-out artworks.  This post and the next will show just a sampling of what has come out of our studio in the past month or so.  Because there are so many compelling images, I thought it best to break it up a bit.  Currently, we have artists in two group exhibitions in Louisville.  One is a competitive juried show (“Flora and Fauna”, 930 Gallery) and the other is an invitational show (“Sisters and Brothers”, Weber Gallery) and we highlighted that one in our last story.  Life at StudioWorks isn’t all just about making art in our space.  An important component of the program is taking our artists on outings that will stimulate and encourage creativity.  It’s a good way to be involved with our community.  The first image is of Chimel Ford on our visit to Galerie Hertz.  I wanted him to see Tom Pfannerstil’s art and here Chimel poses with a self-portrait that Tom made.  Chimel had been productive and sold a couple of paintings recently.  Here are three good ones.

Among the subjects Chimel likes to paint are familiar snacks and candy packaging.  This acrylic painting reminds me of my childhood!

This acrylic on paper painting by Chimel just sold this past week.  Here’s Chimel’s interpretation and the model that inspired it.  Chimel really builds up his paint surfaces in a way you don’t associate with acrylic paint.  One final image from Chimel before moving on.  The title is right on this painting which is also acrylic on paper.

Another artist we are excited about is Dorothy Elois Hawkins.  She is relatively new to painting, but she’s doing a great job and has fun ideas.  Here’s a scene in the woods with a family of deer that is a composite image based on several internet searches for deer imagery.

We were all really blown away when Dorothy came through with this small canvas featuring a portrait of the late and great Johnny Cash!

Linda Stark is another new artist in our program and she’s discovering that she likes to make art!  That is one of the best things about our program…for some individuals, this may be the first time they have been given a real opportunity to make something of their own.  Yes, folks have been doing craft projects for years in their different day programs and workshops, but few programs encourage expression as we do.  Following are two recent landscapes that Linda made.  She is learning which media she likes and these two small paintings incorporate acrylic paint and ink.

Marie Vample has been with us for a few months now and the process of self-discovery is still unfolding.  Of late, we have been seeing that Marie has some aptitude for collage and here is one of her better pieces all made from cut magazine images pasted down on mat board.

To close Part 1, Jeremy Smith has been returning to drawing after a prolonged stint making jewelry.  This mother and child image in color ink was inspired by cameos.

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