Tools of an Ancient Trade

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November 25 - February 4th 2006

Every space has a particular resonance. When we pass threw any threshold our sensory tools instantly see things, feel heat or cold, smell the air.

Sometimes though there is more, sometimes there is a particular feeling one gets about a location, one that isn't on the surface but within. Kaviar forge is just such a place many generations as a metal shop it caries the shopgosts of metal industry.

Louisville artist Lloyd Kelly has created several images to commemorate this timeless trade and show homage to the ancient craft of blacksmithing. These static almost graphic oil paintings pull the curtains aside for a straightforward matter of fact vision of Kaviar forge and its gritty contents.

"Tools are compelling implements; even at rest they imply action and creation. Tools are instruments or contrivances used in producing a certain result, especially a creative activity that require delicacy, accuracy and precision. Tools can inform you about the user, the artist-in this case a specific artist, Craig Kaviar."

Nationally known, Lloyd Kelly has recently made his home in Louisville. He is known for still lifes, landscapes and portraiture. His equestrian work is abundant and recognizable at Churchill Downs, including a mural mark in this town creating a major Mural at Churchill Downs, created Commemorative Derby Bottle and Poster for Woodford Reserve and is on the board of directors of the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Formally trained as an artist Lloyd Kelly has studied and exhibited throughout the United States and Mexico, and has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards. Lloyd Kelly has exhibited at one man shows thoughout the US including Fisher Gallery Washington DC, National Arts Club, NYC; and thoughout the world including Kyote Museum of Art, Kyote, Japan, Mandarin Oriental Fine Art, Hong Kong, Chantal Thomas d'Hoste, Paris. France, Aldama No. 1 Galleria, San Miguel De Allende, Mexico.

On display November 25 - February 4th, opening reception for the exhibit is Nov. 25 and Jan. 27th (FAT Friday Gallery Hop). Forging demonstrations at 7:30PM, refreshment provided. Located at 1718 Frankfort Avenue, for info call (502) 561-0377.

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