Paintings by renowned Appalachian artist Jeff Chapman-Crane are currently on display
in the gallery of the Godbey Appalachian Center located on the Cumberland campus of
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. Works by Chapman-Cane, a resident
of Eolia in Letcher County, will be on display through April 11 from 8:30 a.m. until
4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
An reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and
from 2-5 p.m. on Feb. 9. At 3 p.m. on the 9th, he will host a discussion of his work.
Chapman-Crane is a full-time professional artist from the Appalachian Mountains of
eastern Kentucky, where he has lived and practiced his art for more than 20 years.
His art focuses on the culture of Appalachia, with an emphasis on portraits of mountain
people. His work has been featured in American Artist Magazine, and he is a four-time
finalist in the publications annual portraiture competition.
Additionally, he illustrated a childrens book Ragsale which won Best In Show at the
1995 New England Book Fair. He has also received several major awards during previous
Virginia Highlands Festival Juried Fine Art Shows. His work is represented by prestigious
galleries in New York City and Cincinnati.
Together with his wife, Sharman, and son, Evan, he operates the Valley of the Winds
Art Gallery in Eolia where works by all three family members can be seen.
The curator of the exhibit at Southeast is Clara Atkins-Pope, working in concert with
Larry Lafollette and Alexia Ault.
Atkins-Pope noted the exhibition is most remarkable and should be seen by as many
as possible. Jeffs works have always taken my inner sight to levels of higher experience,
she said. He is able to capture with paint on canvas the embodiment of spirit and
grace, bringing to life his subjects inner substance. His work makes one breathe in
deeply and sigh with satisfaction: He captures beauty.
For additional information about the exhibition or the reception phone 606/589-3131.