Arts Council
Kentucky Arts Council features Lexington artist in May

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 01, 2015  
Contact Information:  Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lexington artist Elsie Kay Harris has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council's featured artist for May.

Harris, a juried participant in the arts council’s Kentucky Crafted program, has worked as a graphic designer for Kentucky Educational Television, was president of the Lexington Art League and is an exhibiting artist with the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.

Harris said much of the inspiration for her paintings comes from her experiences in the rolling hills of Kentucky. “Born in West Virginia Appalachia, I have always been drawn to the deep crevice mountains and valleys of those early years, and then to the soft hills and ridges of my later Kentucky years,” Harris said, “From these simple drawings come the paintings which are now set in a different context where I look to communicate the feeling and mood I first felt at the site. Hence, the colors are more expressive and the composition simplified – to convey a certain peaceful, tranquil or joyful mood.”

To learn more about Harris, visit the featured artists' page which includes:

  • A story about her work.
  • A video of Harris discussing her work.
  • Contact information for Harris.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council, along with the NEA, is celebrating 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.

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