For Immediate Release
The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa
Contact: Kevin Ledgewood
WORK BY KEVIN LEDGEWOOD WILL BE FEATURED AT THE DINAH WASHINGTON CULTURAL ARTS CENTER IN NOVEMBER
(Tuscaloosa, Ala.) The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will host an exhibit of work by Kevin Ledgewood at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center from Nov. 6-27, 2015. “Wings” will feature insects and other small life forms depicted in ink, watercolor and photography. The exhibit will open with a reception on Nov. 6 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday.
Kevin Ledgewood has resided in Tuscaloosa/Northport since 1995 and has served as Publicist for the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa since 1999. A native of Corinth, Mississippi, he received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1989, and in 1991, the Master of Music in Woodwind Performance and Pedagogy from the same institution. He was an educator in the public schools of Tennessee and Mississippi from 1992 through 1995, and during the 1998-1999 academic year, served as adjunct professor of clarinet at The University of Mississippi. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance from The University of Alabama in 2002.
Alongside music, visual art has been a major part of my life since childhood. Drawing was never anything I had to think about doing with a purpose in mind. It was simply a way for me to express my interests and observations, sometimes to others, but mainly myself. Drawing everything from the heroes of DC comics to the solar system, I managed to travel to these worlds with pencil and paper. Alongside the arts, living things, especially plants and tiny animals, were always a source of curiosity and continue to be as an adult. Insects, the primary focus of this exhibit, have always been of interest to me with their symmetry, complexity and ability to carry on their solitary or societal lives without any influence from humans, all on a tiny scale. Their intricate shapes, patterns and colors, all with some purpose in daily survival, also seem to exist for the pleasure of human eyes. Black lines and dots, when combined with varying white space, can capture the hills, valleys and sharp peaks of an insect’s body and display this intricate landscape with surprising clarity. Watercolor, with its ability to appear flowing and transparent even when dry, enabled me to express my love of the unanswered questions that remain in our natural world and allow the viewer to "fill in the blanks" with their own answers.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. on weekdays and noon-8 p.m. on First Fridays.
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