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June 22, 2009

Brandon Long featured in July at Arts Center

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Mixed Media Artist Brandon Long will be the featured artist for the month of July in the Federal Room at the Carnegie Community Arts Center.

The Carnegie Community Arts Center will host a reception and opening in honor of Long on Friday, June 26, from 5 to 8 p.m.

It will also be Open Gallery Night at the Carnegie Community Arts Center, so the studios of all the artists in the center will be open.

The event is free to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Jazz musician Tom Taksa will be playing for the reception.

Long is a mixed media artist who combines the practices and processes of sculpture, painting, music and photography. He fuses them together in unexpected ways. His current body of work utilizes recycled/found metal, a predominantly sculptural material, in a way that most closely resembles painting – stretching the materials across a wooden frame, creating works that are simultaneously minimal and complex.

Rust, dents, paint and nail holes all give subtle clues to the history of the materials used in the work.

Long studied art at Georgetown College, earning a BA in fine arts in 2001.

He is currently the programming director of the Community Arts Center in Danville, Ky.

The Carnegie Community Arts Center is a beautiful, three-story, historic building located at 107 North Main St., one block north of the Monument Square in Somerset. Constructed in 1913, the building was originally the Somerset Post Office and later the Pulaski County Public Library. In December of 2008, it became the Carnegie Community Arts Center with the purpose of becoming a center for the arts and the community and to preserve the historic building.

Upon entering the building, the first thing one sees is the grand foyer with its original terrazzo and marble floors, elegant chandeliers and sky blue ceiling complete with clouds. The Federal Room, with its caterer’s kitchen, is the building’s main attraction. The lovely setting is just the right location for weddings, banquets, showers and receptions for a modest fee.

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