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StudioWorks has been fortunate in attracting several visiting artists recently. This time we were graced by Ashley Brossart who is a young painter on the Louisville scene.  She brought several of her intriguing projects for our artists to engage.  Here is an example of her work.

I apologize for not recording the title of this piece, but we enjoyed how she worked this painting.  For the most part, Ashley’s work is abstract, but of late she seems to be working conceptually with art in public places.  The piece shown above involves working stencils reminiscent of bridges and structures seen in an urban environment.  Ashley’s latest project is an ambitious road trip to place small map-like drawings she has made in the American cities that inspired them.  Where the works will be displayed will depend on what she finds once she reaches each place.  On the back of her artworks will be a QR code that can be read with a good cell phone that will give additional information about each piece.  Sounds promising and good luck on your adventure.

Ashley gave an informal but informative presentation of her art and fielded a few questions.  Afterwards, she seemed just as interested in us. With pleasure, we treated her to the fifty cent tour of our facility. Our guys also love having the opportunity to show people what art they are making.  There is always something good being made in the studio.

Ashley and Carol Thorp hit it off well and Carol’s wonderful embroideries speak for themselves!  Carol is nearly finished with a double commission for two dog portraits.  She has developed a distinct preference for this medium over the past half year…that and drawing with color pencils.

Eric Huggins is proud of the work he makes and here he is showing our latest visiting artist the ceramic rhinoceros he fabricated.  Ashley seemed impressed with the variety and quality of the art work she was seeing.  All the StudioWorks artists were working on their own ideas!

We like to thank Ashley Brossart for coming and sharing a little bit of herself with us.  Soon the StudioWorks artists were back to finishing their own projects.  Here Marie Vample puts the finishing touches on an electrically hued water-color painting.  Marie has come a long way since joining us and her patience level is increasing.

Alicia Rexroat has a nice smile on her face because she’s enjoying the company of friends and making a nice necklace in the bargain.  Alicia has an open mind to trying different art forms, but creating jewelry is at the top of her list of favorite things to do in the studio.

This is Matthew Torstrick concentrating on his latest drawing.  His designs have a monumental quality to them even on a smaller scale.  We love his sense of color and how he manipulates  familiar materials like crayons and color pencils.  Matthew is a great guy and a wonderful addition to our studio.

Because of all the color, I couldn’t resist throwing in this shot of Chimel Ford’s painting table.  Sometimes it’s hard to know where the painting begins and ends.  This shot shows Chimel’s Minute Maid painting and a Cracker Jacks acrylic on paper piece he is working on.  If you like color…you might like what happened to Dorcas Kempf-Fluhr’s “magnum opus”?

A couple of posts a go, I showed Dorcas’ painting on the floor as she and the staff decided how best to use all the smaller paintings she created.  The idea was to combine many of them into one large colorful abstract work. The smaller paintings were done on scrap mat board.  We used large sheets of cardboard for a backing and attached Dorcas’ works with heavy-duty Velcro.  To close this post, here is the artist posing in front of her painting which probably qualifies as the largest single artwork made by a StudioWorks artist.  Congratulations Dorcas…you painted it!

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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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StudioWorks was honored to receive a visit from teachers from the Jefferson County Public School System.  Zoom Group’s Client Services Coordinator Sallie Read introduced the StudioWorks concept to these educators that were touring different sites within the city.  The tour was to provide information on the additional services available to graduating students once they leave high school.  In the foreground, a large painting by Dorcas Kempf-Fluhr awaits assembly.

The visiting educators all expressed how nice our studio/gallery is and Sallie did a great job of introducing the staff and clients to the group.  Our artists were delighted to have such a big audience to share their art with.  Here Jeremy Smith is holding “court” by his work area.

It’s very possible that some of the students these teachers work with may become our clients in future years.  Presently, we have a great bunch of artists that bring a lot of variety and vitality to what they make.  We have been following a special embroidery project that Carol Thorp has been working on and its now finished except for the framing.  This is how it began along with the working drawing that Carol based this piece on.

Carol had previously finished two needle-work pieces that featured dogs laying on colorful rugs and she adapted the rug idea for her latest art work.   Here is the artist with her giraffe in a different stage of completion.

Carol surprised us by adding a row of flowers around the completed giraffe.  I think the consensus among the staff is that this is one of Carol’s best pieces so far and her most ambitious needle work project yet.  Of course, she has lots of ideas for future work and I believe she has a couple of commissions too!  Here is a look at the whole work  and I’ll end this post with a detail of the giraffe’s head.  Thanks for visiting!

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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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Today is the first Saturday in May which means it’s time for the Kentucky Derby to be run in Louisville!  For this post, I thought it would be fun to show a few of the images that were created by the StudioWorks artists to celebrate this big occasion for our community.

This is Eric Huggins’ acrylic painting on mat board at full view.  In Eric’s vision the race comes down to a stretch run by two worthy horses!  His painting includes a partial view of the famous twin spires of Churchill Downs which are the track’s signature image.

In Dorothy Elois Hawkins’ version which is also made with acrylic paint on mat board…she features three horses.  The ever popular gray-colored horse wins this contest by a head while number 4 takes second place.

Natalie Lanier pictures the race as a run away where one great horse and jockey finishes far a head of the pack.  In her acrylic on canvas painting she also includes the twin spires of our race track, but there is a greater degree of abstraction happening.  The heads of the people in attendance are represented by dots and dashes of paint.

The actual Kentucky Derby race only lasts about two minutes.  In Louisville, however, we also have a two-week long Kentucky Derby Festival that features many fun events and culminates with the actual horse race.  Kicking things off is what is typically billed as the largest fireworks displays in North America.  It’s called Thunder Over Louisville and it’s the subject of a wonderful oil pastel on paper by Julie Baldyga.  In her image she shows our 2nd Street Bridge all ablaze in a tremendous waterfall of color.  Julie has added silver glitter to give her work added sparkle and realism.  The whole festival idea has inspired Julie of late.  This series is being done on sheets of rag  paper measuring 22″ x 30″.

Another Derby Festival event eagerly anticipated is the Great Steamboat Race.  Our Belle of Louisville is the oldest authentic steamboat still plying our country’s major rivers.  Because the Ohio River has been at flood stage during the festival…this year’s race has been postponed until June.  Julie can’t wait that long and so she made up her own boat race.

This amiable couple rendered with oil pastel is Julie’s version of the Balloon Glow derby festival event.  Again, weather permitting, an actual hot air balloon race is conducted.  Because this event has been scratched so many times over the years because of less than ideal conditions, a new event was added to the roster.  The Balloon Glow is a family event that takes place at night.  The balloons don’t actually lift off but their bags are inflated and the night is filled with color and the public can see the great variety in hot air balloons that come to our city.  Julie is also hard at work on another oil pastel of the Bed Race and perhaps the other festival events will follow? In closing, here’s a detail of Julie’s steamboat race art work.  This detail is of the musician who plays the Belle of Louisville’s steam calliope.  May all your horses finish in the money!

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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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