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02.23.CULTURE.ArtWatch.ARTThe Ashland Art Center will hold the fourth installment of their annual fundraising event, Art Inspires Ashland, on Nov. 12 – 15. The event kicks off with a reception and presentation Thursday at 6 pm at the Historic Ashland Armory, where three artists––painter and author Gregg Kreutz, sculptor Kevin Christman and Executive Director and Founder of Ashland Art Center, Denise Baxter. Each will give TED-style presentations telling his/her artistic story. Each artist will then host a workshop over the course of the weekend.

“I started [Art Inspires Ashland] four years ago,” says Baxter, “with just the simple idea that people would want to hear about artists’ stories––find out who artists are, where they come from, why they do what they do––and in the course of making those presentations happen, we learned that people would come away pretty inspired by these peoples’ stories.”

Baxter will moderate a panel discussion on Friday evening at SOU’s Meese Auditorium featuring Dr. Zan Nix, Lloyd Haines, Shoshana Dubliner, Jack Weins, Liz Shepherd and David B. Bolen––“six of what I consider to be the most creative minds in our area,” says Baxter.

Gregg Kreutz, who will lead the workshop “The Are of the Still Life and Form in Oil” on Friday-Sunday at the Briscoe Art Wing, an award-winning painter and author who teaches workshops throughout the country. “Gregg Kreutz is one of the leading academic oil painting instructors,” says Baxter, “He has his own style but he has a lot of academic background and he’s written many books on the basics of oil painting, so he’s well known in that industry.”

Local sculptor Kevin Christman will present “Sculpting the Human Figure” Saturday and Sunday evening. Christman has worked as a professional sculptor for 25 years and his work is exhibited worldwide––most recently at MEAM in Barcelona, Spain. A member of the National Sculpture Society and the Portrait Society, Christman is also a local. “We have started bringing in locals who are nationally and internationally known, but that aren’t really recognized in our community because they live here,” says Baxter. “It’s hard to be a superstar in your own backyard.”

The Thursday presentations will be preceded by a reception, featuring a live jazz quartet, a no-host bar and appetizers. Tickets to this event and subsequent workshops can be purchased at artinspiresashland.org.


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