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 August 17 to October 19, 2002

Opening reception: Thursday, September 5, 2002/ 5:00 -7:30 PM


            LOUISVILLE, KY -- The Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation’s upcoming exhibition Chairs, Jewels and Teapots: Mike Angel, Donna Doane, Laura George will showcase the work of three Kentucky artists never before featured in KACF exhibitions.

            Mike Angel is a former U.S. Treasury agent who began making chairs as a hobby upon his retirement 12 years ago.  He had always been interested in woodworking, but never studied it formally.  When his mother asked him to repair and refinish a chair or two, he began experimenting and learning about woodworking techniques and processes.  He had always been drawn to the old “mule-ear” style chairs with the traditional hickory bark seats that he had seen on the porches of cabins in the Appalachian mountains where he grew up.  Eventually he decided to adapt and expand on that idea to create his own line of “mule-ear” chairs, so called because of the way the back posts of the chairs stick up, like ears on a mule.  Angel creates his chairs and settees primarily from walnut, oak and cherry, and he fashions the seats from hickory bark.

            Donna Doane’s jewelry-making career began while she was studying to become a gemologist and decided to create her own designs instead.  She experimented with beadwork and then studied silver-smithing and jewelry-making with local artist Lona Northener.  She has attended other workshops and training programs including a Navajo inlay class in California.  Doane creates her one-of-a-kind pieces from sterling silver, incorporating gold accents and featuring all sorts of precious, semi-precious and faceted stones, such as opal, black onyx, lapis, malachite, pink tourmaline and more.  She cites Egyptian, Aztec, Mayan and southwestern designs as inspiration for her work.  Doane also works part-time for Louisville jeweler Andrea Carnahan. 

            Laura George was introduced to ceramics while she studied art at the University of Louisville, where she earned her B.F.A. in ceramics in 1999.  She has enjoyed working with clay ever since.  She primarily makes stoneware, and she combines hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques to create her whimsical teapots.  For instance the lids and spouts of her teapots are wheel-thrown, and the teapot bodies and feet are hand-built.  George formulates her own glazes, sometimes altering commercial glazing and sometimes creating her own from scratch.  She sprays her glazes onto her pieces, and often uses paper to block out patterns prior to spraying.  This exhibition will feature a variety of George’s teapots and tea sets.

            Chairs, Jewels and Teapots: Mike Angel, Donna Doane, Laura George will be on view from August 17 to October 19, 2002 in the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation’s Downstairs Gallery at 609 W. Main St.  The opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 5, 2002 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Admission is free.  For more information about the exhibition, contact the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation at (502) 589-0102 or log on to

 About the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation

            The Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to continue the art and craft heritage of Kentucky through the support and education of craft artists and education of the public.  The Foundation is supported in part by the Fund for the Arts and Kentucky Arts Council, a state agency of the Education, Arts and Humanities Cabinet.  The Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery has newly extended hours and is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment. 



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