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 Visual Arts

Pore over bottles at Art and Craft Gallery
By DIANE HEILENMAN  © The Courier-Journal
July 15, 2001


It has become a popular fixture on the summer art calendar, and no wonder.

"Bottled Spirits," which opens with a 5 to 7:30 p.m. reception Wednesday at the Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery in downtown Louisville, features what can only be called "spirited" bottle designs in an international invitational.
This piece by Canadian artist Suzy Birstein is part of the "Bottled Spirits" exhibition.

The original idea, to ask Kentucky artisans to create new-style bourbon bottles, has expanded to involve libations of all sorts. The show includes Louisville favorites Wayne Bates and Sarah Frederick, 10 artists from across the country and four European and Canadian artists.

The exhibit will be on view in the Downstairs Gallery through Aug. 18.

Participating Artists: Kristina Todorova Baklarova (Sofia, Bulgaria), Wayne Bates (Murray, Kentucky), Kirby Benson (Las Cruces, New Mexico), Suzy Birstein (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), Erich A. Broennimann (Ocean View, Hawaii), Gayle Cerlan (Lexington, Kentucky), Tommy Ray Clark (Campbellsville, Kentucky), Steve Davis-Rosenbaum (Lexington, Kentucky), Olia Dellatola (Greece), Lucy Dolan (Ireland), Bacia Edelman (Madison, Wisconsin), Sarah Frederick (Louisville, Kentucky), Dick Hay (Brazil, Indiana), Lewis Haynes (Louisville, Kentucky), Michael Imes (Pewaukee, Wisconsin), Johnathan Kaplan (Steamboat Springs, Colorado), Rick Malmgren (Severn, Maryland), Warren Mather (Weston, Massachusetts), Jack Moulthrop (Lyndhurst, Ohio), Brian Newton (Louisville, Kentucky), Susan OBrien (Murray, Kentucky), Judith Pointer (Danville, Kentucky), Michael Tiller (Sacramento, California)

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A second noteworthy exhibition at the gallery is "Southern Women of Influence: An Exhibition and Celebration," which also opens Wednesday and continues through Aug. 25.
A basket by Billie Ruth Suddeth
The show highlights the careers of outstanding contemporary women in a display designed to target their contributions. Included are Kentucky filmmaker Elizabeth Barrett of Appalshop,  basket maker Rachel Nash Law from West Virginia, woodturner Robyn Horn form Tennessee and American Indian-inspired sculptor Christine Federighi of Florida.

Gallery curator Brion Clinkingbeard noted that the selection involves women who not only are talented and dedicated but who also have inspired others "to experience the world in vibrant and exciting ways."

If you know a Southern woman of influence -- from your mom to a favorite teacher or athlete -- you can pay $100 and get her name on the 

gallery's "Southern Women of Influence List." Sponsors of the list contribute in this fashion to the exhibition.

The gallery, at 609 W. Main St., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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