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Opossum and Pokeweed mural in Harlan

Since August of 2018 I've been working with Southeast Community and Technical College (SCTC) and Sassy Trash, LLC. in Harlan, Kentucky to make this mural a realization. As part of a grant that SCTC received, I was asked to do a mural based on local flora and fauna. Because Harlan has the Poke Sallet Festival every year, we decided on poke weed and because poke is spread through animals eating the berries, a baby opossum is reaching for some ripening berries.

Using a new technique learned at last years Mountain Mural Mega Fest, I laid out a paint by number system on a polytab material so that the Harlan County High School students could paint the underpainting. After that was completed, I took the polytab back to my workspace and completed the overpainting.

The 700+ square feet mural was installed at this year's Mural Fest in Harlan. We had several Fest attendees assist in install. After the poke and opossum were installed, a blue tailed skink was installed on the side of the building. Because poke berries ripen the same time that the state flower, Goldenrod, blooms, I included goldenrod on the corner of the building. As a complimentary color, I added ironweed in front of the goldenrod.

The mural was completed in July of 2019.

Many thanks to all who helped with the mural and to Robert Gipe, Carrie Billet, Alexia Ault, and Marsha Griffey for coordinating and capturing the process on this project.

The mural can be found here. 


Opossum and Pokeweed Mural, Harlan, KY

New Mural In Lexington!

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Late last year I was contacted by the City of Lexington to design a mural to be painted on a traffic median in the Chevy Chase area. They needed something bright, colorful, and abstract to increase the visibility of the median for drivers. As of Monday of this week I completed the mural. I got a lot of great feedback from passersby and was pretty happy with the way it turned out (especially since I had to mix all of the colors from the primaries).

Check it out if you’re in that area!

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


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:


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:


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!