A Murray woodworking artist has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council’s featured artist for the months of September and October.

Murray State University

A Murray State alumnus has gifted a dozen of his paintings to the university for display on campus.

Murray State University Printmaking, Facebook

Printmaking, the art of creating a print and putting it on paper, spans centuries and many forms are still active in the art world, from etching to relief to silkscreen. But one form that is considered "the beast" of the medium, lithography, combines artistic "magic" with chemistry. Tennessee State University professor and printmaker Meghan O'Connor conducts workshops at Murray State and area high schools this week and on Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets the artist, who gives a public lecture Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Clara Eagle Gallery classroom (weather depending) and printmaking professor Nicole Hand.

Murray Art Guild is calling for entries for its 26th annual exhibition celebrating local and regional contemporary artists. MAG Director Debi Danielson joins Kate Lochte for more about Visual Evidence 2014 - the entry deadline is Wednesday, February 19. The opening reception is March 15.

Artist Bill Conger presents "Coming Dark - Selected Works 2004 through 2014" at Murray State's Clara Eagle Gallery, through March. Peoria-based artist Conger uses mixed media to craft minimalist and haunting work, recollecting themes of love, memory and time. Colin Nesbit, Executive Director of the Clara Eagle Gallery also joins the conversation about Conger's upcoming exhibit.

Paducah School of Art & Design, Facebook

Note: This conversation was recorded before the postponement announcement. 

Update: The WKCTC Community Chorus is canceled for Sunday, December 8. The Art Sale may open at some point during the week.

The Paducah School of Art & Design have postponed their art sale until next weekend due to inclement weather. Their annual Student and Faculty sale showcases work done in the program, with a small portion of the sale benefiting the school.

Kate Lochte speaks with Paul Aho, Dean of the Paducah School of Art & Design about the activities.

The Marshall County Arts Commission presents "SandStory" with Joe Castillo this Saturday (October 19th) at 7 p.m. in the Kenneth Shadowen Performing Arts Center of Marshall County High School in Benton. Castillo reached the finals in NBC's America's Got Talent last September. See Joe Castillo's work in action at his website.

See his Sand Art titled "Never Forget" after the jump:

Murray State art professor and local artist Dale Leys joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about his exhibition titled, "Dale Leys: A 40 Year Retrospective," opening at The Yeiser Art Center, Maiden Alley Cinema, and Ruth Baggett's Gallery 1025 this weekend (October 5, 2013), through November 2. The works display Leys' live and experience as an artist living and teaching in western Kentucky and his travels abroad over the decades. See a great article with more information and photos at

See more of Dale Leys' work on his website

Kate Lochte speaks with Kristi Hanson of the Wastelanders group on Sounds Good. The Paducah Wastelanders Summertime 2013 Exhibit opens with a reception Saturday, June 22, from 5-8PM and closes with a reception Saturday, June 29, from 5-8PM at 950 Park Avenue, Paducah. Exhibiting artists include E.J. Abell, Mark Donham, Nancy Flowers, Juanita Gilliam, Kristi Hanson, LaNelle Mason, Jane Viterisi, Ginger Adams, Bill Ford, and Joe Viterisi. Music will be performed by Mark Donham. The receptions are open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit

Joy Thomas on Painting Professional Portraits

May 30, 2013

Murray-based portrait artist Joy Thomas has captured the likeness of members of the community and leaders in government and business. Some of her commissions include the official portrait of Secretary of the US Navy, Richard Danzig; New York Jets owner, Robert Wood Johnson; and recently, John E. Bryson, the 37th US Secretary of Commerce. Her work has been on exhibit across the country, featured in magazines, and has won several awards, including first place in "The Best Paintings of 2000" competition by The Artist's Magazine. In 2006, she published The Art of Portrait Drawing, which is available on Amazon. She came to our studio to speak with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about her work.