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Abstraction: the Inner Struggle

Brandon Long Creative Director “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” – Edgar Degas. While he might not have been the most abstract painter, I think Degas nails the difficulty of abstraction with this quote.  To most that have never tried it, abstract... View Article

The Beauty of Rules

Brandon Long Creative Director, Community Arts Center So many people outside of the creative industry (AKA Art) – have the belief that artists just go around breaking the rules all the time.  They see us as wild rebels – that we are bound by no restrictions.  As artists, I think... View Article

Personal Connections Sell Art

At the Community Arts Center in Danville, Kentucky, we just had our best-selling show in at least a decade – perhaps even an all-time record.  During the Plein Air Artists of Central Kentucky’s (PAACK) En Plein Air exhibit, the Arts Center sold an unprecedented amount of art.  While the show... View Article

Art is for Everyone

I just came back from an amazing event in Austin, Texas, that is put on by the Kennedy Center called the LEAD Conference (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability).  This annual conference is all about making the arts accessible to audiences with disabilities and I learned all kinds of things... View Article

Dali on TV

Written by: Creative Director, Brandon Long In the 1950s, a popular television show, “What’s My Line?” revolved around a simple premise.  Guests would appear before a panel of celebrities that would ask a series of yes and no questions to try to determine the guests’ occupation.  The show featured all... View Article

Love It or Hate It – Either is Fine

Earlier this month, I participated in my first art festival – ever.  I was part of the Great American Art Festival, a newly-added (since last year) visual art component of the Great American Brass Band Festival (GABBF).  The Brass Band Festival has been going strong in Danville, KY for 28 years... View Article

The Best Laid Plans

A couple of years ago (although it doesn’t seem so long ago), I undertook a project of creating art every day for a year.  The medium I chose was collage.  It was portable, easily cleaned up, and required nothing more than an index card, some glue sticks, and some scrap... View Article

ReInterpret Review by Kayla Bischoff

Guest post by artist Kayla Bischoff A myriad of brilliant hues occupy the downstairs gallery of the Community Arts Center in Danville, Kentucky. Clusters of paintings line the walls, boasting the great creativity and productivity of a prolific artist: Billy Hertz. “ReInterpret: Contemporary Landscapes” is an impressive collection of nuanced... View Article

Avoid the Smorgasbord

For creative people, absolutely anything is possible.  You can create whatever you want, and too often that unchecked power can lead us down some dangerous paths.  Not dangerous like venomous snakes and shards of broken glass, but dangerous in the sense that too much “creativity” can actually dilute your message... View Article

Cultivate Curiosity

“Curiosity is the main energy.”  – Robert Rauschenberg We recently had a great series of field trips for our New Year New Art exhibit.  The work in the exhibit was quite varied. There were no real unifying themes, and the main distinguishing concept behind the exhibit was that the art... View Article