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We’re Moving to Kentucky!


Surprise! So, for those of you who haven’t heard (and we have been trying to keep this on the D.L. for some time now–until things were really set in motion and certain,) Blake and I are moving to Kentucky in about two weeks time. We are very excited to be covering some classes for the excellent printmaker, Nicole Hand. We’ll let her tell you why!

Above are a couple of prints by Nicole Hand and one by her husband, Jim Bryant. You can see more of their work on their website, Black Dog Press. Nicole is a printmaking professor at Murray State University and Jim is a graphic design professor–also at Murray State. Oddly enough, Blake and I also know two other artists in the area whom I went to graduate school with at Louisiana State University, sculptors Cody Arnall and Lindsey Maestri. Cody even works at Murray State as a Technician in the Visual Arts Department.

Blake and I are really looking forward to starting this new chapter in our lives. It’s a great honor to get to work with the likes of Nicole and Jim! And we can’t wait to be a part of Murray’s vibrant art department. Blake will be teaching Advanced Printmaking and Beginning Drawing, and I will be teaching Advanced Drawing, Life Drawing, and Beginning Printmaking. This is only a temporary appointment, but it is still a great opportunity for us to teach advanced courses, meet new people, and get a fresh start in a new place. We really can’t wait!

We travel to Murray in a couple of weeks to find an apartment, and then we will move up there the last week of May–right before our friend Ann Flowers‘ wedding in Columbia, KY. Funny how things work out sometimes.

In Progress Fabric Photo Backdrop

This past month I’ve been working on a photo backdrop for Ann’s wedding. Blake and I will be doing the “sign in” for the wedding, so I decided to turn it into a photo booth opportunity and take snapshots of all the guests in front of what I consider to be an Ann Flowers’ aesthetic backdrop.

Photo Backdrop

The remainder of our time in Louisiana will be spent working to save money for the summer, packing, visiting with friends and eating at all of our fave places in New Orleans before we have to say goodbye! We’ll be back to visit at some point, though, I’m sure. If you haven’t already, “Like” our Orange Barrel Industries Facebook page to keep in touch!

Bahn Mi Pork Belly & Shrimp Sandwich
Above is a Shrimp and Pork Belly Bahn Mi: Dong Phyong roll dressed with foie gras mousee, fresh cucumbers, carrots, jalapenos, arugula, basil, and pickled turnip then filled with pan fried Cambodian style pork belly and shrimp in a Thai chili sauce and topped with fried onions from Green Goddess in New Orleans.

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