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January 26, 2021

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 art exhibit on display

The Center for Rural Development’s newest visual art exhibit features the work of Pulaski County contemporary artist and Sheltowee Artisans Guild member Susan “Sue” Burkett.

The exhibit, Sue Burkett ART on Display, showcases some of her signature pieces of art highlighting bold colors, large shapes, patterns, and textures. The collection includes colorful images from scenes captured in and around her home in rural Kentucky.

Each piece in the Sue Burkett ART on Display exhibit is labeled and most are available for sale. If interested in purchasing a piece of art in the exhibit, please call Debra Hines at 606-677-6000.

The exhibit will be on display through November. There is no charge to view the art exhibit open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during extended evening hours and on weekends when The Center is open for public events.

Meet the Artist
A native of Cincinnati Ohio, Susan earned a bachelor of fine arts from Ohio University before starting a long career as an art teacher.

She traveled the world with her three children and husband, Somerset native Barry Burkett, during his service with the U.S. Navy. Burkett has lived throughout the United States, and in the Philippines and Saudi Arabia, and has visited too many countries to count.

Susan’s art is influenced by her travels and life. She has a strong sense of line and uses bold colors, similar to western stained glass and Arabic tiling. Her primary medium is paint, but she does not limit her materials, incorporating office supplies and household items alongside traditional art supplies.

“Art is something I have always enjoyed doing and I’ve painted from grade school through today. I prefer to work from real plants and scenery to keep my drawings alive and dimensional. When I work from photographs, the drawings become flat. My work is contemporary, colorful, and fun.”

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