Join us this summer for Saturday art classes on our beautiful plaza in front of The App!  Taught by local artists, each 1-2 hour class is only $10!  All supplies will be provided.  

Registration Starts April 20th!

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June 5

 Christopher Epling 

SPRINGTIME

ACRYLIC PAINT TUTORIAL

Open to all ages! 

Kids 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult. 

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Christopher Epling is a United States veteran and graduate of both the University of Pikeville and the University of Kentucky. He is an award- winning illustrator and cartoonist, having worked on over 20 books for the publishing industry since 2010. Epling currently serves as the staff editorial cartoonist for Appalachian News Inc. and as an adjunct professor at the University of Pikeville (Upike). He lives with his wife Samantha, daughter Kiernan, and an assortment of pets in Pike County, KY. For more information about Epling and his work, please visit www.ChristopherEpling.com.

June 19

 Jenn noble shepherd 

basket weaving

Open to all ages! 

Kids 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult. 

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Jenn Noble Shepherd, living and creating in Hazard, Kentucky is proud Appalachian artist.

 

Jenn finds inspiration from living in and exploring the Southeastern Appalachian Mountains, which has influenced her creative style and process. She is also inspired and motivated by the many Appalachian artists who continue to work and teach the skills and techniques found in the region...the chair makers, quilters, potters and wood workers to name a few. She has a deep passion for helping keep these crafts alive. She specializes in mixed media painting, but equally enjoys basketmaking, quilting, wood carving and any craft she has the opportunity to learn.

 

Jenn has nearly ten years experience teaching various mediums in the classroom and her community, and she has been creating art for most of her life. Her earliest memory of dreaming of an artists life was at the age of seven. Her work has been shown at the Mountain Arts Center, Appalachian Artisan Center, Appalshop, and is on the cover of two published books.

 

When people see Jenn's work, her hope is that they remember the region in which she lives is full of magic and gifted makers, and that it's important to make sure heritage continues to live through art.

June 19

 Jenn noble shepherd 

basket weaving

Open to all ages! 

Kids 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult. 

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Jenn Noble Shepherd, living and creating in Hazard, Kentucky is proud Appalachian artist.

 

Jenn finds inspiration from living in and exploring the Southeastern Appalachian Mountains, which has influenced her creative style and process. She is also inspired and motivated by the many Appalachian artists who continue to work and teach the skills and techniques found in the region...the chair makers, quilters, potters and wood workers to name a few. She has a deep passion for helping keep these crafts alive. She specializes in mixed media painting, but equally enjoys basketmaking, quilting, wood carving and any craft she has the opportunity to learn.

 

Jenn has nearly ten years experience teaching various mediums in the classroom and her community, and she has been creating art for most of her life. Her earliest memory of dreaming of an artists life was at the age of seven. Her work has been shown at the Mountain Arts Center, Appalachian Artisan Center, Appalshop, and is on the cover of two published books.

 

When people see Jenn's work, her hope is that they remember the region in which she lives is full of magic and gifted makers, and that it's important to make sure heritage continues to live through art.

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July 10

Leslie Heinze

painting

Open to all ages! 

Kids 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult. 

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Leslie Heinze is a muralist, graphic artist and instructor with Verizon Innovative Learning. Hailing from a long line of creative family members, she was born and raised in Prestonsburg, KY. She received her Bachelor's degree in occupational science with continued academic study in drawing at Kline Academy of Fine Art in Santa Monica, CA, Design Thinking from Arizona State University, and Graphic Design from Colorado State University Boulder.

 

Her creative calling led her to work as a curator for exhibitions such as the LA Art Show and sales director for The Augmented Reality Firm in Los Angeles, CA. It was her commitment to the creative process that brought her back to her roots in Kentucky. Partnering with various artists to host community events and staying committed to her art making practice through various mediums including teaching immersive technology with a national program called Verizon Innovative Learning, encouraging middle school girls in Eastern Kentucky to use design thinking with augmented and virtual reality while merging those skills with social entrepreneurship and 3D printing.

 

She is passionate about public art projects and has partnered with Save Art Space and The Kentucky Foundation for Women to feature local art on curated billboards throughout Eastern Kentucky. As she continues her work as an artist, it is her goal to empower the youth and various communities through social engagement and the arts.

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July 24

Jessica Salyer

painting

Open to all ages! 

Kids 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult. 

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Eastern Kentucky based award winning mix media artist, Jessica Salyer, has been honing her skills in the therapeutic and healing practices of creating works of art can have on the human experience. Originally a mix media painter, Jessica blended her painting skills with her own therapeutic practices of 10 years, bringing about her new passion Art Positive Project, Inc. Established in 2018, officially became a nonprofit organization in 2019.

Jessica’s evolution into teaching the healing properties that creating can have, allowed her to introduce another element to this union and extended this experience to east Kentucky communities. Her use of teaching through her own experiences allows Jessica to challenge the boundaries of people’s perception of art and mental. She utilizes guided meditation to which each participate can explore the depths of their own internal mental health and release any blocks that may otherwise go unnoticed or unresolved. Art Positive Project’s mission is to help spread mental health awareness and help give everyone an out of the box way of thinking about what we can do for ourselves to heal through the process of art.

Jessica  is excited about the future of Art Positive Project and hopes to further this experience to more regions in Kentucky and else where.