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No Hate in My Holler

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        In February of this 2017, Neo Nazis announced that they were coming to a town about an hour from where I live. I developed the No Hate in My Holler block print at an art in response event I helped organize at the arts based youth drop-in where I was working at the time. As the image, saying, and hashtag were shared, it began to resonate with people. I started getting requests for merchandise featuring this phrase and image. Journalist Mason Adams contacted me after the tragic events in Charlottesville because the No Hate hashtag began making the rounds again.   To learn more about why I made it, here is Mason's article in The Daily Yonder:  
How #NoHateInMyHoller Became the War Cry for Appalachia

Playing Catch Up

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It's been a while since I updated my website so I'm trying to do that now. I have spoken to college classes about being an artist in eastern Kentucky, I have traveled to Rauschenberg's studio in Florida thanks to a grant that my arts group, EpiCentre Arts received. I have done several commissions and I have started delving deeper into printmaking. I have been very busy making art and teaching people about art. For that I am thankful.    

Jenkins Mural Project Complete!

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Lacy Hale and artist Pam Meade, who assisted her on this project, at the mural unveiling in 2016.

After six months of work and with assistance from over 65 community members aged 7 to 87, the first of two murals in Jenkins are complete. The unveiling was on a cold day in December of 2016. Thanks to Appalshop for including Lacy in this project!

Jenkins Community Mural Project!

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Work has started on the Jenkins Community Mural Project. I was commissioned to do this mural by Appalshop, Inc. through a grant they received. My mural is one piece of a much broader project including production of several large photo banners, a walking/driving tour of the town of Jenkins, and another mural by fellow artist Pam Meade. The mural is being painted on nine 5' x 10' Alupoly panels to be installed later at an already determined location. I have designed the mural in a paint by number system so anyone from the community, no matter their level of talent, will be comfortable with lending a hand and picking up a paint brush. We have had some participants as young as six and seven and as old as 64 attend. We have been working nights and weekends to make sure most who would like to join will be able to find the time. To see the progress, you can check back here or search #jenkinsmurals on Facebook and Instagram. Also, here is a short news story done on the mural in the beginning painting stages: http://www.ekbtv.com/news/community-lends-their-brushes-brighten-jenkins

Sketching the first panel

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EpiCentre Arts Receives Rauschenberg Foundation SEED Grant

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More great news! The regional arts group that I co-founded and also coordinate is a Rauschenberg Foundation SEED Grant recipient. This grant will insure that we will have funding for the next three years to increase our capacity and start thinking about doing larger and more meaningful projects. Learn more about it here: http://www.rauschenbergfoundation.org/grants/art-grants/seed

Lacy Hale named Tanne Foundation Award Recipient!

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Wow, y'all! This month has been pretty intense and filled with great things! I am honored to receive this Tanne Foundation award and look forward to continuing the work that I am doing and broadening that arena because of this award. Here is a link to the awards page: http://tannefoundation.org/

Collaborative Mural Facilitation and Creation for Appalshop’s Performing Our Future Institute

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I facilitated the design and creation of a collaborative mural with a group that consisted of folks from all over the country for Appalshop's Performing Our Future Cultural Institute 24 Hour Visual Art Production Period. This mural idea came about because of the varied backgrounds and histories that each participant carried with them. By each person painting their own 'river,' they celebrated their individuality. As each river flowed, it ended up in a large body of water created from each person's river. In this way, our collective humanity was celebrated.

Guest Artist at Governor’s School for the Arts

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Today I was a guest artist at the Governor's School for the Arts at Centre College in Danville, KY. Here's to teaching a 45 minute 'Intro to Block Printing' class! It went by quickly but the students busted out some sweet designs. I didn't get a pic of the aftermath but it was quite a mess! It was an awesome day!

Second year Teaching at Cowan Art Camp

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Taught painting at Cowan Art camp today. Their art classes are inter-generational and usually on the small side so you can dedicate a good deal of attention to each individual. In two days we did two paintings and a lesson on portrait drawing. Great group! Cowan Art Camp Class

Life is Busy and Good

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Life has been hectic, creative, exciting, and exhausting. I have decided to begin treating the 'News' section of this site as a sort of blog. I so rarely keep up with my website and I think this may encourage me to do more housekeeping. This year is the first year since becoming a professional artist three years ago that I can see things happening and feel that this lifestyle may actually work out. I really suppose it happened after my brother and I completed the Tulip Poplar mural in Lexington, KY last year. This year has been full of commissions, leading classes and workshops, working with non-profits, speaking to a White House representative about the arts in EKY, and meeting the chair of the National Endowment of the Arts when she made her visit to Whitesburg, KY in April. I was appointed to the board of the Kentucky Arts Council at the beginning of this year and recently attended my third meeting. I have written three grant proposals in the past four months and am keeping my fingers crossed for those.

I recently added my art story to the National Endowment for the Arts for their 50th anniversary. You can read it here and add your own: http://arts.gov/50th/stories/lacy-hale I am so thankful that I live in a rural town in eastern Kentucky and I am making a way with my art.

Hale_9401                                       Self portrait with Snake, Oil on Canvas, 2015