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March 30, 2017

New landscape art exhibit

Landscape artist David Coffey of Monticello finds inspiration in everything around him.

Whether it is a weather-beaten barn, a white country church on a sunny day, or the colors of fall, Coffey paints what he sees in front of him and what he feels in the moment.

“I have always felt that a painting is a photograph done by hand,” he said. “With paintbrush or camera lens, the artist is making the same feeble effort to capture God’s mastery that surrounds us, an effort to hold one moment in time that stirs something deep inside us.”

A collection of David Coffey’s Art, which includes acrylic and oil paintings, is now on display in a new art exhibit at The Center for Rural Development.

Coffey is a self-taught artist, a Vietnam combat veteran, and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. He is an exhibiting member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and the Sheltowee Artisans.

“There are certain moments in time,” Coffey said, “when the light and shadow fall just right, or the clouds move in a certain way, a time of the season or a time of day, a moment we know cannot last, and will never look exactly the same again. My inspiration is nature—God’s creation.”

Coffey and his wife, Kathleen, reside in the Frazer community of neighboring Wayne County. They have two children and one grandchild.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Most of the paintings in the exhibit are available for sale. If you would like to purchase one of Coffey’s paintings, contact The Center at 606-677-6000.

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