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

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.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

basketBOWL and BIRDnest sculpture

JCC Patio Gallery through July 23 in Louisville
Button embellishment from the collection of Alma Lesch, Shepherdville, KY within basket sculpture

Monday, May 14, 2012

16th century lace design

Italian cutwork 16th centuryOpen cut work 16th centuryMorisco design 16th centuryItalian needlepoint 16th centuryNappe design16th centuryLace design 16th century
'The Creation' 16th centuryReticello border design 16th centuryPunto in aria design 16th centuryPoint coupe design 16th centuryPunto ricamento design 16th centuryVenetian point 16th century
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Embroiderer's Guild Collection for research

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Kentucky Landscape


art is life...live with art
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Sallie in Hope and Healing exhibit

see Alma Lesch's fabric portrait from 1997 called "Sallie" <#Sallie> in the form of a woven reproduction at Louisville's Center for Women and Families (donated by Dennis Shaffner)<#SHAFFNER> of Shepherdsville, KY

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Monday, March 07, 2011


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Alma Lee Wallace 1941

The decade of WWII; early years in Louisville, KY
(one Derby on-the-town story as the designated driver
for Mr. H) ...24 year-old teacher
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"Uncle Bob" #2 1965

Fabric Collage Portrait
stitchery and applique with old spectacles,
book, Newspaper 1904, piece of old quilt on linen.
21" x 34"
blue, beige, gold
owned by Mrs Otto L, Spaeth, New York City
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collection of Garvin Brown
plaiting, stitchery, applique
one form inside another
8" x 25" x 5"
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"David" Alma Lesch

Applique and stitchery, 1965

Fabric Collage Portrait
22" x 50"
Red, purple, blue, rust
sold to Millard Lesch, Seattle, Washington
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

RE: Buttons

The Kentucky Foundation
for Women established 1996

awarded Alma Lesch the
Sallie Bingham Award

Pat: Could you pass this
poem on to Alma, like my
thanks for the necklace?
I don't have her address.
Thanks! Sallie
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