Underlying Colors: Beverly Baker at Institute 193 and LAND Gallery

 

Institute 193 gives Lexington artist her first hometown exhibit in 14 years!

Latitude Artist Community is so excited for Beverly Baker's most recent accomplishments. In addition to her first home solo show in 14 years, Beverly's show was featured in the Lexington Herald Leader and Brut Force, a NYC art gallery. After the final day of the exhibition in Lexington, Beverly's show traveled to the LAND Gallery, an art studio for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities located in NYC. Congratulations, Beverly! See the links below for the Herald article and the Land Gallery curatorial statement. 

Beverly Baker at Institute 193 (2017)

 

Beverly Baker Underlying Colors (2017) 

Beverly Baker at the opening night of Underlying Colors (2017)

Beverly Baker at the opening night of Underlying Colors (2017)

Opening night at Underlying Colors (Institute 193, Lexington)

Opening night at Underlying Colors (Institute 193, Lexington)

Breaking Stereotypes: Latitude at The Parachute Factory

Breaking Stereotypes: Latitude Arts is a small art studio located in the Warehouse District
– tucked away from the busy city lifestyle. Serving all people with an emphasis on those who have an intellectual and developmental disability, Latitude advocates for those needing assistance. However, disability does not mean inability. Often individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are viewed as “different”. Though, people tend to forget that everyone is different, with or without a disability. At Latitude, we embrace our differences by breaking the stereotypes and introducing new perspectives. Breaking Stereotypes is an exhibition encouraging and accepting diversity—embracing one’s unique personalities and one’s way of life. The Parachute Factory and Latitude Artist Community invites the community to advocate, encouraging social equity where it is needed most. 
 

Breaking Stereotypes (July 2017)

Breaking Stereotypes (July 2017)

Tarot: An Exhibition

Latitude participated in a local art exhibition. The opening night of Tarot: An Exhibition was on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Bread Box, a Lexington art studio.

AN EXHIBITION featuring 78+ KY artists and their interpretation of one of 78 tarot cards. The night consisted of ambient music, tarot readings and great company! 

|| ORGANIZERS || Ed Franklin, Jerielle Hanlon, Iya Morgan, Nishaan Sandhu, Mitch Snider. || HOSTS || Ed Franklin, Iya Morgan, Nishaan Sandhu, Sara and Brian Turner. || Volunteers || All of the above, plus SO MUCH from the amazing crew and owners of sQecial Media!

 

Latitude's interpretation of the tarot card, Page of Wands. Participating artists include Maddison Parsons, Mary Fields, Tony Dunn, Norma Barnes, Susan Miller, and Brenda Sheilds.

Latitude's interpretation of the tarot card, Page of Wands. Participating artists include Maddison Parsons, Mary Fields, Tony Dunn, Norma Barnes, Susan Miller, and Brenda Sheilds.

Common Grounds 24th Birthday Bash

For their 24th anniversary, Latitude was invited to celebrate with Common Grounds Coffee Shop! On October 15, Latitude staff set up a pop-up tent for their Birthday Bash Block Party. The street shut down and local artists and musicians gathered for a day of celebration. Latitude sold art work and met some amazing people! Some of the artists were able to attend! What a blast!

Latitude artists were thrilled to attend the Common Grounds Birthday Bash.

Latitude artists were thrilled to attend the Common Grounds Birthday Bash.

Emily Miller, Latitude Direct Support Professional, shows off the Latitude pop-up tent

Emily Miller, Latitude Direct Support Professional, shows off the Latitude pop-up tent

Latitude takes the stage!

Our artists were featured on Lexington's local new channel, WKYT. After hearing about the unfortunate tragedies in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rouge, LA, our artists created a unique work of art. This piece honored the bravery and heroism of our local heroes, the Lexington Police. Watch the news segment and read the article below! 

http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Local-artists-paint-one-of-a-kind-piece-for-Lexington-police-389105982.html

By Caitlin Centner, WKYT

Heroes, 2016

Heroes, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - They're showing unity through art. Latitude Arts in Lexington gives people with disabilities a creative outlet and many of the artists recently showed their appreciation for Lexington police by coming up with a unique work of art.

"Bailey over here, she's an artist," Kenny Taylor said about one of the instructors at Latitude.

Taylor is acting modest because he's an artist, too. He's been doing artwork for 15 years but recently one of his buddies had an idea, to make something one-of-a-kind.

Lieutenant Jeremy Tuttle described the art, "One person drew the badge. One person drew the whistle. One person drew the K9, which I thought was a poodle but apparently it's a German Shepard."

The idea for the painting stemmed from recent shootings. One of the artists was bothered by the violence.

In a letter to police the artists wrote, "A big thank you for all of your bravery and heroism - a million times thank you for all the obstacles you encounter."

"I know that we're loved here. You know, they really appreciate what we do here because they can do anything they want here, but they choose to honor us with pictures and drawings and paintings and all kinds of art and it's amazing," Officer Kevin Jones said.

Officers say they learned a ton from their new friends, but they'll be sticking to their day jobs.

"I have no artistic skill at all and to see what they were doing is very, very, very nice," Tuttle said.

Lexington police plan to hang the new painting up at the department.

Publications

Ballpoint Art by Trent Morse features the work of Lexington-based, Latitude artist Beverly Baker alongside dozens of other contemporary talents. Baker has worked for years at Latitude Arts and her drawings have been shown in New York, Paris, Dallas, and beyond. Very nice to now see them in print!

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Current Exhibitions

 

Unlearn Fear + Hate

It is unfortunate that discrimination against individuals with disabilities still exists. Often individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are viewed as “different”. Though people tend to forget that everyone is different, with or without a disability. Inspired by UNLEARN FEAR + HATE’s message, Latitude artist, Maddison Parsons, was honored to participate in this inspiring movement. To Maddison, everyone is beautiful, playful, and vibrant, no matter one’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender or identity. Join the movement. Encourage others to unlearn fear and hate! 

UNLEARN FEAR + HATE is an intervention into the life of a city-- encouraging public dialogue and civic engagement. Unlearn Fear + Hate by Lexington-based artists, Kremena Todorova and Kurt Ghode, is a participatory human rights and justice art project. 

If you are interested in purchasing any of these pieces, please contact Baylee @ baylee.werline.latitude@fullcirclesupports.com

 

Now showing at:

Third Street Stuff and Coffee

257 N. Limestone Lexington, KY 40507

 

 

Unlearn Fear + Hate

Unlearn Fear + Hate

Poetry

We had a magical poetry workshop with Poets Jude Lally and Jim Lally! An amazing afternoon with thoughtful words and hearts!
A little sampling:

Paul:
Windows its right here.
It’s the same thing with this
One too.
Bongos. Round this me at the
Top
I see the floor the same color
That’s it.

Letter. I like. Who is this me?
And this one here? Same thing?
Same thing? Or not? Yea I
Guess colors.

Chris:
“Portrait of America”
Right here
He is by me
What can best
Be her
He could use
Some glasses
Right down
To Remember
Look at him
Right here
He is a sucker
Two are the same
Right here
This is the
Same thing

Glad
Yellow shirt glad
Yeah, year uhuh uhuh, I am glad
I’m sad when the sky falls
Today I am glad
I and the girl
Are the same

Poetry Workshops

Local Poet, Jude Lally, is offering a poetry workshop at Latitude, which is open to the public.

Jude Lally's poetry reflects who he is and where he's from.  Raised in central and eastern Kentucky by a single mother who sometimes struggled to make ends meet, he learned how to be independent and self-reliant at an early age.  He and his small family moved around quite a bit but never out of region.  This taught him the virtue of adaptability, which would also prove very useful in his life.

Jude was diagnosed with Frederich's Ataxia, a rare, degenerative neuromuscular disease, in the summer of 1998.  He earned a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky in 2006.  His first collection of poems, The View from Down Here, was published in early 2010 by Accents Publishing.  He currently resides in Lexington, KY.

 (pg 67. I'm Fine, but Thanks for Asking- Jude Lally)