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JAN-FEB 2019

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Jan/Feb 2019 • 39 O ne block east of the historic Courthouse Square in downtown Scottsburg, Kayla and Ryan Heacock have carved out a charming space to celebrate the art and artists of Scott County. Heacock's Eastside Gallery, housed in a trim little white bungalow that was the local newspaper office, is filled with colorful paintings and whimsical art objects. More than 30 artists, ranging in age from 3 to 92, have artwork exhibited here, with many pieces reflecting the rhythms and raw beauty of Scott County. One room of the gallery is reserved for select shows, changed every six weeks, that feature the work of artists from across the region. Recent exhibits have included "Winter Showcase" by the Floyd County Critique Club and "Barn Plaques" by In- diana artisan Dorrel Harrison. An exhibit featuring new works by the Scott County Arts Council will open Feb. 15. The gallery opened in October 2015. After majoring in fine arts in college, Ryan landed a job in 1999 that was a practi- cal blend between art and a career — he went to work as a tombstone designer for Fewell Monument Co., where he was eventually promoted to art director. "It was a good place for me to be until 2013, when Terry Fewell, CEO of the company, died. He was a friend, mentor, and I thrived under his leadership. The new corporate sensibility that emerged after his death was pretty stressful," Ryan said. "Ryan was under a strain, but he loved making art," Kayla said. "We were both ready for a change. That is when we took our leap of faith and decided to open the gallery." They painted the building, repaired the plumbing, redid the floors and light- ing, and transformed a vacant office building into a cheerful gallery. Artists brought their work and the community showed up to see them. Kayla and Ryan were "overwhelmed with gratitude." Ryan and Kayla each have artwork displayed in the gallery. Kayla makes art out of recycled tin cans, and her choice of raw material reflects the important role of the canning industry in Scott County's history. In her piece "Savannah" (a 4-foot- by-3-foot mixed media piece), over 300 tin can lids are cut and wired together to form a cross. The work is displayed in front of a window so that sunlight shines through the work, bringing it to life. Green, blue and orange paints are used sparingly, so the surface retains the marks of the origi- nal material. Ryan is well-known for his paintings of scenes of Scott County. "Fair Weather" Heacock's Eastside Gallery, housed in a trim little white bungalow that was the local newspaper office, is filled with colorful paintings and whimsical art objects. Pictured: (top) "Fair Weather" by Ryan Heacock; (bottom) Ryan's oil painting titled "Courthouse at Night"

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