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August 12, 2020

Visual Art

The Center for Rural Development is proud to showcase the talents of professional and aspiring artists in our visual arts gallery.

We also host artist receptions where the community can meet the artist whose work is on display at The Center.

The Center has hosted the work of both amateur and professional artists in the visual arts gallery and is constantly looking for ways to engage young students in the visual arts.

New wildlife and landscape art exhibit on display

Wildlife artist James “Jay” Perkins stands beside his original oil painting of a red fox in a snow-covered scene on display in the art exhibit. He is now for accuracy and attention to details.

Landscape artist David Coffey is exhibiting this oil and acrylic painting of Mill Springs, as seen in the 1930s, called “Below the Mill,” in the art exhibit.

View more than 40 oil and acrylic paintings in the exhibit

The Center for Rural Development’s newest visual art exhibit features a collection of wildlife and landscape paintings from two Wayne County artists.

The exhibit includes more than 40 oil and acrylic paintings from wildlife artist James “Jay” Perkins and landscape artist David Coffey. Both are self-taught artists and the best of friends.

Perkins, a native of McCreary County and now living in Monticello, has been painting since the age of 3. Coffey, who lives in the Frazer community of Wayne County, started painting around 10-12 years ago and discovered he had a talent for painting landscapes.

Some of their favorite pieces of art are on display in the lobby outside the North and South Exhibit Halls and on the second floor of The Center.

“We are excited to have Jay and David as our featured artists and to display their work at The Center,” said Laura Glover, Managing Director of Marketing and Events. “They both paint with passion and creativity and a deep love for nature and wildlife.”

The exhibit is free and will be on display through March 31. The public is invited to stop by The Center and view the exhibit from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during extended evening and weekend hours when the facility is open for events.

All of the paintings on display are available for sale upon request. If interested in purchasing a piece of art in the exhibit, please call Debra Hines, who is coordinating the exhibit for The Center, at 606-677-6000.

Oil and acrylic painting of the historic Brown-Lanier House in Monticello


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