located inside the lobby of
EXPREE CREDIT UNION
100 MOORE DRIVE
FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY 40601
(502) 564-5597
CARE & CRAFT:  
REVISITING, RE-VISIONING, REDISCOVERING &
REINVENTING THE TRADITIONAL
ARTS & CRAFTS OF KENTUCKY

September-November 2020

(Though this show is over, some works are still available.  Please contact us if
you are interested in any of the artwork in this gallery.
The JCM Gallery is pleased to present this invitational exhibition in celebration
of the 1st anniversary of the rebranding of our host institution, Expree Credit
Union. Expree adopted the slogan “Care & Craft” to express their approach to
financial services, and we have taken that slogan as the theme of this
exhibition. All of the works in this show are in dialogue with traditional craft
techniques, using them in the creation of works of fine art that reveal their
roots in craft.

Dobree Adams uses weaving, one of the most ancient of crafts, to create
tapestries inspired by both nature and Zen Buddhism. She produces much of
her own yarn (she has raised both sheep and llamas on her farm outside of
Frankfort), and hand dyes yarn using natural materials and techniques.

Steph Barker is a Lexington printmaker with deep roots in Appalachia, and her
prints often depict traditional foodways. The woodblock and lino cut works in
this show also demonstrate traditional carving techniques, one of the earliest
forms of printing. One of her blocks is exhibited along with the finished print.

Constance Grayson is a fiber artist who uses traditional fabric techniques of
cutting, stitchery, quilting, and dyeing to produce fabric collages, often
landscapes inspired by her years in Italy.

Les Greeman is a studio potter who produces both fine art pieces and everyday
usable objects from clay, another most ancient craft technique.

Sheila Bucy Potter is a poet who has recently taken up the craft of quilting,
following previous generations of women in her family who produced quilts as
beautiful and utilitarian objects, reminding us that craft traditions can be
practiced by everyone, and that art can and should be a part of everyday life.

Joanna Walitalo is pyrographic (wood burning) artist based in the Upper
Peninsula of Michigan. Though she is the only artist in this show from outside
of Kentucky, her craft is locally familiar from the practice of burning labels on
bourbon barrels, and some of her works in this show depict another signature
Kentucky industry, horse breeding and racing.  
Click here to read Joanna's bio
and artist statement.

Chris Wilder creates small scale fine art sculptures from clay, wood-fired in his
home kiln. Other than stone age tools, clay objects are the most ancient
surviving human artifacts, and Chris works in craft traditions extending back
for millenia.
Click here to read Chris's artist statement.

                                                                 Larry W. Moore, curator
JANE CHANCELLOR MOORE GALLERY
CONSTANCE GRAYSON

Paesaggio (Landscape) IV
Fabric collage
Vintage & Commercial
hand-dyed fabric, thread
& found objects
Cherry hardwood frame,
museum quality glass
                              
$1250.00
LES GREEMAN

Woodfired Pottery
                   
Various prices,
inquire
left

STEPH BARKER

Cast Iron Vacui
Woodblock Print

$75.00
DOBREE ADAMS

ISHI (Stone)
Wa Series #3
Handwoven tapestry,
hand-dyed wool

$1,575.00
right

DOBREE ADAMS

KOMICHI #2 (Stepping
Stone Path)
Handwoven tapestry,
hand dyed wool

                     SOLD
right

STEPH BARKER

MamMaw’s Apple Butter
(Memento Mori)
Lino Cut Print
                             $75.00
CONSTANCE GRAYSON

Paesaggio (Landscape) V
Fabric collage
Vintage & Commercial
hand-dyed fabric, thread
& found objects
Cherry hardwood frame,
museum quality glass

                      $1250.00
“I’m sitting up at night listening to the radio and quilting. I am turning into my
grandmother”

Sheila Bucy Potter
is a grandmother, as well as a literary artist (poet and associate
editor of Broadstone Books), who recently began quilting, beginning with a quilt her
mother had begun decades earlier. Since then she has made one a year, of which
this was her second, and the only one (so far) following a traditional design.

Unlike the fine art works elsewhere in this show, Sheila’s work represents the
continuation of a craft tradition as everyday activity and object, reminding us that
crafts can be practiced by all of us, just for fun, or for utility; and that art and
beauty should be part of everyday life.
JOHANNA WALITALO

Cowbow
Pyrography (wood burning)
On reclaimed wood prepared
by James “Wally” Walitalo

SOLD
JOHANNA WALITALO

Morning in the Barn
Pyrography (wood burning)
On reclaimed wood prepared
by James “Wally” Walitalo

$100.00
JOHANNA WALITALO

In the Lead
Pyrography (wood burning)
On reclaimed wood prepared
by James “Wally” Walitalo

$85.00
JOHANNA WALITALO

Starting Gate
Pyrography (wood burning)
On reclaimed wood prepared
by James “Wally” Walitalo

$85.00
JOHANNA WALITALO

Butchering Day
Pyrography (wood burning)
On reclaimed wood prepared
by James “Wally” Walitalo

SOLD
CHRIS WILDER

Listening
Woodfired Stoneware
                             
SOLD
CHRIS WILDER

Diminished Frequency
Soda Fired Stoneware
                           
$85.00
CHRIS WILDER

Small Sails
Woodfired Stoneware
                           
$85.00
CHRIS WILDER

Bleeding Heart
Woodfired Stoneware
                           
$80.00
SHEILA
BUCY
POTTER

Goodnight Irene
Quilt
Machine &
hand stitched
                  
NFS