Large paintings and new limited edition prints by artist Monica Pipia are now on display in a kick-off showcase of large format works at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
The brain child of the center’s executive director Todd Finley, Reveal will offer new two-dimensional Kentucky artists, as well as visual artists regularly featured at the center, the opportunity to showcase larger works.
"To do justice to larger format works we had to be innovative,” said Finley. “When met with this challenge we got creative and the Reveal program was born."
Reveal is a new Kentucky Artisan Center program that provides exhibition opportunities for Kentucky artists whose larger two-dimensional works cannot be accommodated within the center’s regular retail spaces. Reveal exhibits will become a regular part of the center’s exhibition schedule through a statewide call-to-artists. Utilizing space in the center’s lobby, Reveal artworks will be shown and for sale over a four month period.
The first exhibit of this program is a display by Monica Pipia. Her paintings and new prints are considered by some to be folk art and by others to be contemporary. Pipia refers to her work in a similar way.
“I have a contemporary approach to creating a hybrid horse,” Pipia said. “I am not interested in recreating a photograph and I render my subjects with a genuinely primitive and primal approach.”
Using simple lines and often large areas of pattern, Pipia renders her two favorite subjects, dogs and horses, in a style that is almost dreamlike. The patterns she uses often overlap her animals so that they appear to be wearing checkerboard blankets that merge with the patterns in the background.
Pipia also creates movement in how she draws her subjects using curved lines to connect her subjects and to direct the eye of the viewer. Her print titled “The Turn-around” shows this method, with the curved neck of the horse directing the viewer’s eye to the hound and rider in the background.
Pipia also likes the work to have a slightly three-dimensional quality. To do this she adds sand to the paint and overlaps paint colors in layers to create depth. Her geometric shapes and patterns enhance the simplicity of her subjects and serve to draw all areas of the canvas together.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located just off Interstate 75 at Exit 77. The center’s exhibit, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits on display include “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans,” through Sept. 10, 2016; and in the lobby, “Kentucky Clay: A Continuing Tradition.” For more information about events call 859-985-5448, or visit the center’s website or Facebook page.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.