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Kentucky Artisan Center to feature the works of international scratchboard artists beginning May 17

International artists working in the medium of scratchboard come together at the Kentucky Artisan Center to exhibit exceptional works of art. Works by fifty-one members of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA), including artists at the Masters level, will be on display from May 17 – July 31 at the Center.

“Whooo Goes There?” by Cathy Sheeter MSA, of Colorado

Artists selected hail from all over the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, China and Portugal. In conjunction with this exhibit, the Center is hosting the ISSA annual conference with workshops and presentations at the Center throughout the opening weekend. Awards will be presented, in various categories, during the opening reception May 17, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. All events are open to the public.

This exhibit showcases highly detailed and representational imagery with nature and animals as predominant subjects. Works are most often rendered in black and white, but the addition of colored inks give these works a full range of visual realism.

Many of these works appear to be high-resolution photographs, fooling the observer upon first encounter.  The level of artistry in this exhibit is extraordinary, especially in the works by Master Level member artists: John N. Agnew, of Ohio; Linda Heath Clark, of California; Lori Dunn, of Ontario, Canada; Ginger Gehres, of North Carolina; Lorna Hannett, of British Columbia, Canada; Patrick Hedges, of South Australia; Heather Lara, of California; Karen Rankin Neal, of New Zealand; Ann Ranlett, of California and Cathy Sheeter, of Colorado.

“After the Date” by Wenjie Hu of China

Having received recent accolades in the fine art world, scratchboard is a two-dimensional medium that requires incredible skill and dedication. Each artwork is created by meticulously engraving into a board coated in white clay and then covered with ink. Line by line, the ink is removed with a sharp tool creating contrasting values and a high level of detail as the clay becomes exposed. This process has roots going back to the 1800’s and is now making a comeback in graphic design and fine art.

The International Society of Scratchboard artists, formed in 2011, is a non-profit society dedicated to promoting artistic professionalism and the medium of scratchboard to the world of fine art. ISSA now has over 200 members worldwide. Many members have been featured in some of the finest art museums and galleries, winning awards on a global scale. The Kentucky Artisan Center is pleased to showcase this 8th annual ISSA exhibition, offering visitors the only chance to observe a complete show solely dedicated to this unique medium.

From Kentucky Artisan Center

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