Student art show at Central Bank

WILMORE, KY—Senior art major Kyle Key has a collection of his work on display at Central Bank in downtown Lexington from Dec. 29 through Jan. 19. Key’s show is made up of 16 impressionistic landscapes from France, Kentucky and other places he has traveled.

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Kyle Key's art work

He began his artistic career with figure drawing and illustrations, shifting his focus to painting less than two years ago. An example of Key’s work was featured on the College’s 2006 Christmas card. The impressionistic winter scene of Asbury’s front campus was created using a credit card, Key’s tool of choice.

Key landed the opportunity to show his art in the Central Bank gallery after the former gallery manager saw his work, during a painting demonstration at the University of Kentucky Art Museum in October 2006.

“He asked if I had a show planned where he could buy paintings. I told him I was planning a show, but wanted it in a gallery and I didn’t have one reserved. He said, ‘You do now,’ and gave me his card.” The gentleman also purchased one of Key’s paintings that he had just completed. Normally, the gallery would have to be booked one year in advance, but the gallery managed to squeeze in Key’s show in January.

He says one of his best experiences as an Asbury College student has been building relationships with his art professors. Linda Stratford, associate professor of art, invited him to demonstrate his painting at the UK Art Museum. “They give you the freedom to do what you want to in art and support, encourage and give you guidance along the way,” he said. He also mentioned the special opportunities his professors have provided him and his classmates to attend important functions and meet people who can help make them successful in the future.

The Central Bank Gallery is located at 300 W. Vine St. The show is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 859-253-6161.

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