Tuesday, April 22, 2014

community ARTS support

art is life...live with art

Any community may be identified by its active arts culture. An organized effort to promote local working artists is nurtured by non-profit groups. Many communities pay homage to significant contributors in the visual arts by rallying around like minded individuals which adds to the innovation and invention a singular VOICE or EYE leaves behind. That is legacy.

Alma Lesch's life (1917-1999) inspired the renaissance of a previously struggling Bullitt County Arts Council at the turn of this 21st Century through the encouragement of a local attorney with a vision for growth and community spirit.

Without a community arts center (historic preservation)  in which to house the diverse groups representing all the arts in the county the future efforts of this non-profit in meeting the challenges experienced by previous decades of  its incarnation will be problematic.

Let's not continue to rezone the dwindling residential communities for commercial growth by destroying 'history' (architecture) and awake to more drive-through parking lots of frantic drive-by living in an already fast paced world. Examine our past and appreciate the future of possible connections in our towns. Start by visiting the Bullitt County History Museum in Shepherdsville at the old court house.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Kipling reference in PORTRAITS

woman's club brochure fabric collage Portrait 

Friday, March 08, 2013


Small Town Gallery, Inc in Brooks has a woven reproduction tapestry with Bullitt County art history ...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

art is life...live without textiles...if you can

Tonight at Brooks' Small Town Gallery, just north of Shepherdsville, Dennis Shaffner will share a photographic survey of textile artist Alma Lesch's innovative Fabric Portraits.

From the biblical based themes of the 1960s to the "American Gothic" fabric portraits which grew from the stitch laden tapestries on feed sacks Shepherdsville's pioneer of American fiber art has touched the American landscape of fabric. "Kentucky Landscape" once a corporate commission for the former Meidenger Tower, Louisville now is archived in the Owensboro Museum of Art.