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.
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.
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!
The arts group, EpiCentre Arts, that I co-founded a little over a year ago is starting to get a great following and is working in the community of Letcher County, KY to increase the visibility of the arts in both the county and the region. Having just finished a series of free visual arts workshops set in four different communities in the county, we are moving forward to engage the community in more arts related events.
If you would like to read more about EpiCentre and the work we’re doing, you can find more information here: www.facebook.com/EpiCentreArtsEKY
There have been so many exciting things happening over the past year that this website has unfortunately fallen by the wayside. Please stay tuned to see images of new work, hear about new exhibits and collaborations with other artists and a general update of this website!
Thanks for checking in and please come back!