Alan Kuykendall celebrates decades’ long career with last show in Carrollton
CARROLLTON, GA – Well known for his murals and theatre sets, Alan Kuykendall is also a sculptor, portrait artist, illustrator and multi-media artist with a flair for creatively reusing materials in his work. His last gallery show in Carrollton opens March 28 at the Helwig Gallery with a public reception on Saturday, April 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and runs through April 25.
“Alan’s work should be exhibited on a national level,” said Lisa Matheson, executive director of SCRAP Bin and Helwig Gallery manager. “I’ve long thought of him as Carrollton’s da Vinci.”
“There’s something about Alan’s work that appeals universally to people from fine art connoisseurs to children,” Matheson continued. “His ability to work in so many styles and media is a testament to his innate talent. The Helwig Gallery is honored to host his last show, and we would love nothing more than to have the community join us in celebrating his many decades of creativity.”
In addition to his private commission work, Kuykendall is often called upon to do special projects for the community. His murals adorn walls on and in the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center, businesses and schools. His theatre set designs have delighted audiences for more than 20 years. Carrollton residents will remember the SCRAP Bin plastic bottle dragon he designed and fabricated that was displayed at the Cultural Arts Center.
SCRAP Bin is a family affair for the Kuykendalls. Alan currently volunteers as an instructor and the de facto creative director. Both he and his wife, Marcie, are past board members, and his daughter, Marcella, was the shop coordinator before heading to graduate school for ceramics. Marcie now serves as its donation coordinator.
Kuykendall’s show will include recent and past work and will be a combination of paintings, illustrations and sculptures. Rather than sell original pieces, he is making affordable signed prints available and will donate the proceeds to SCRAP Bin. Despite this gallery show being his last, Kuykendall is still available for commissions. Additional images of his work can be seen at alankuykendall.com.
Named after SCRAP Bin founder and local ceramic artist, Helen Helwig, the Helwig Gallery features local artists with a special emphasis on creative reuse. Artists interested in showing their work should visit SCRAPBin.org and complete the prospective artist form.
The Helwig Gallery is open to the public during SCRAP Bin’s normal operating hours (Tuesday – Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) and admission is free.
SCRAP Bin is an environmentally friendly art 501(c)(3) non-profit and Georgia’s only dedicated creative reuse center. Over the past two years, our community donated 31,000 pounds of reusable creative materials that enable us to provide arts and crafts materials and workshops for free or low cost to educators, artists and the general public. SCRAP Bin is also the home of the Helwig Gallery, which features regional artists.
SCRAP Bin is supported in part by grants from the Community Foundation of West Georgia and the AHR Family Foundation.
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