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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

Lacy Hale Appointed to the Board of the Kentucky Arts Council

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11025772_732901213475208_7327604936424791931_n In February of 2015, Lacy was appointed by the Governor of the state of Kentucky to serve on the board of the Kentucky Arts Council! Her term will run for four years, until February of 2019.  

Tulip Poplar Mural Completed in September

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10401367_637085199723477_2130532085312672953_n 10330422_637085236390140_6505067436177973997_n 10438536_637975472967783_4069311263554684151_n 1610809_649527198479277_6542417554296414710_n 10612960_651450664953597_1247468908812123660_n 10639409_653273061438024_1565398575665074768_n 10348442_654527434645920_9114038806706309699_n   In September of 2014, Lacy Hale and her brother and assistant, Seth Hale, completed a mural commission in Victorian Square in Lexington, KY. The mural was commissioned by Saul Good restaurant, the Lexington Parking Authority, and the Webb family who own most of the property in Victorian Square. The mural was created out of the desire of beautifying the stairwell under the pedway in the Square. It is of the flower that blooms on the Kentucky state tree, the tulip poplar. The mural took a month to complete and was well received by the community.

Selling Paintings to KY’s Secretary of State and Other Exciting News!

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Lacy Hale with Alison Lundergan Grimes

The past few months have been very exciting for Lacy. She has participated in shows at the MAC in Prestonsburg, KY, the Grayson Gallery in Grayson, KY, has helped her husband and friends open a record store in Whitesburg, KY, and has spoken on panels about the arts in the area.

In July, her exhibit at the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman, KY was coming to a close and she had the opportunity to show and explain her artwork to the current Secretary of State in Kentucky/Kentucky's Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes. Alison was very personable, friendly, and even bought one of Lacy's paintings! (pictured below)

The title of the painting was "They Cut a New Path" and because it was about family ties and trailblazing, Alison felt it embodied her and what she's doing for the state of Kentucky. Lacy was thrilled to be able to meet Alison and (as Mrs. Grimes said) that one of her paintings may one day hang in the Capital Building!

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They Cut a New Path now resides in the collection of Mrs. Alison Lundergan Grimes