"In Her Voice" Art Exhibit Opening
Featuring various female artists. Friday, May 26th from 5-7 pm.
"In Her Voice" Art Exhibit Opening
Friday, May 26th from 5 pm-7 pm
Victoria Cannon Reihmer
I received my BFA from Cedarville University in 2014 with a primary focus on large scale wooden sculpture and oil paintings. Since that time, I moved down to Kentucky and took on the mantle of wife and mother. However, the inability to fully delve into those new roles due to familial pressure behind has seemed to put a pause on life; and act as the driving force and inspiration these pieces.
My paintings were created to cope and make better sense of a pivotal milestone in an unhealthy relationship. The images are of nymph-like women who are yearning and reflective; searching for something never fully available to them amongst the various weeds and barren tree branches they find themselves enmeshed with. As their forms slowly take shape and emerge from their choking environment, their understanding of themselves is made clearer. The combination of traditional portraiture with a backdrop of an unruly landscape that works to both obscure the subject and further play into the idea of them being nymphs – was my mindset when lending these concepts physicality. Also, women and plants just go together.
I think I’ve always had a love affair with photography, loving it on an intuitive level long before I could understand my love for it on a conscious or rational level. As a child, I loved pouring through old family albums. It didn’t matter how many times I’d seen those same people and places, how many times I’d run my hands over those worn images of another time, it was something I looked forward to doing any time I could convince someone to pull out the dusty tomes for me. I never tired of it. I think I was fascinated with the camera’s ability to stop time.
When I got older, I wanted to not only enjoy the images, the moments and memories that were preserved, but I wanted to capture them. My parents bought me my first ‘real’ camera when I was in high school, and I found a whole new level of passion. However, as it often does, life got very busy as I worked my way through college and then into my professional career, and my camera grew dusty and neglected. We’d grown apart.
Years later, I realized how much I missed my time with the camera, how much I missed the creative outlet that my day job lacked. So, I bought my first digital SLR camera and I haven’t looked back! We’ve been together ever since! Now, I have the joy of not only teaching my daughter photography, but I’m also sharing the passion with youth in the 4-H program. I hope I can help inspire others with my work both with my images and encouraging others do develop and share their vision with the world!
I love to create images that speak to me and that tell a story. I hope these images speak to you.
“What a long, strange trip it’s been” …becoming an artist.
I grew up in Rochester, New York during the 50’s and 60’s. Back then, I never imagined I would retire in Georgetown, KY. A lot happened during that gap: marriage, two daughters, five grandchildren. But one thing has remained constant in my life: art. I credit my mom for my creative ability; she was an artist in her own right.
A mostly self-taught impressionist-style artist, I love to paint on anything from old windows to canvases. I enjoy using acrylic, watercolor, and oil and experimenting with texture, color and most recently, pallet knife painting. My encouragement comes from my family and friends while my inspiration comes from the places I’ve lived, traveled to, and my favorite self-taught artist, Monet.
Rader Bolling is a God-fearing woman who gives all the glory to God for her Art talent. She has been drawing and painting since she was a little girl. She is also a photographer who has had a photography business for over 16 years. (Rader’s World of Art and Photography).
Rader finds that painting abstractly is a way of releasing bottled-up emotions and feelings without saying a word. You could say that her paintings are stories without words.
Susan Rea Caldwell, MA, RM, wears many hats. She received her BA from the University of Kentucky in 1994 and in 1996 her MA from Marshall University in English and Creative Writing.
As a workshop leader she facilitates Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way providing intense and gratifying path for seekers on their path to personal truth. She also hosts play shops in making prayer flags and vision boards. As an artist she creates fabric collage wall hangings using repurposed and vintage items, particularly hand-crafted items.
It is in the Artist’s Way workshops she began her creative journey into fabric and assemblage. She uses recycled, repurposed items and fabric to create an ongoing series of “Wise Women.” She feels the wild women represent a segment of individual personalities.
Caitlin Riley is a multidisciplinary artist based in Georgetown Kentucky. She began art at a very young age and has tried many different mediums including digital art. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in December with a B.S in Art Studio. She also runs her small business, Kate’s Art Shop taking on many graphic design commissions such as logos and displays her work at various juried vendor exhibitions. She painted a mural in the Explorium of Lexington and in the Elizabeth Village women's shelter.
Tamara Gregory is a self-taught, Scott County artist who loves exploring different media. An artist by nature, not by choice. She has spent time as an illustrator, painter, photographer, and sculptor.
After taking time away from art she renewed her creativity after Covid. Now working with concrete, sculpting unique figures.
According to family lore, Kelly has been seriously making art since the age of three when she drew her family’s portrait on their apartment wall. But it was in 1995, at Asbury University, she began her formal study in Fine Art as a minor. In 1999 she graduated with a major in Psychology and spent the next 8 years in a ministerial career while leaving her passion for art behind her.
In 2010, she felt a calling to return to her passion for creating as a professional photographer and digital artist. However, in 2019, at the beginning of the pandemic, she finally found her deepest creative center again as she picked up her art brushes and never looked back. Since then she has focused on expressing most of her work in abstract and impressionist veins primarily utilizing acrylics as her medium. She does, however, continue to make landscape, digital photography as well as surreal photo art pieces using her cameras, which she loves to do.