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Statewide Side-By-Side Art Exhibition including local artists opens in Bowling Green Sept. 13

The Side-By-Side 2009 statewide art exhibition sponsored by VSA Arts of Kentucky will be on display at the Kentucky Library and Museum at Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd., beginning Saturday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Dec. 6.

The exhibit includes artwork representing VSA Arts of Kentuckys Side-By-Side programs in Somerset, Bowling Green, Lexington, Murray, and Louisville.

VSA arts of Kentucky is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting arts, education and creative expression for all, with an emphasis on persons with disabilities.

In Somerset, a group of local artists were paired with young people with disabilities to create a collaborative piece of art. In an art exhibit, displayed at The Center for Rural Development, each student and artist exhibited artwork they had done individually alongside the artwork they did together. Some of that work will now be on display at the statewide exhibit.

Local artists participating in the project were Darlene Libbey, Sue Burkett, Lakia Stout, Dave Cazalet, Jenny Watkins, Steve Watkins, Patricia Bock, Jason Hicks, Tony Garcia, and Alexandria Bray. Libbey, an assistant professor and art teacher at Somerset Community College, coordinated the local collaborative art project.

An opening reception will be held at the Kentucky Library and Museum on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. (Central Daylight Time).

Other artworks by Libbey, Burkett, and Cazalet are included in the RAW exhibit currently on display at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset through Nov. 15.

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of high education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell Counties. The website is Call for admission and registration information toll free at 1-877-629-9722.

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Somerset Community College Assistant Professor and Art Teacher Darlene Libbey coordinated the collaborative artwork of local students with disabilities and several local artists that will be on display at the Kentucky Library and Museum at Western Kentucky University. The exhibit is entitled Side-By-Side. The exhibit includes individual work by the students and the local artists as well as the collaborative pieces they did together. The exhibition, which also includes work from Louisville, Lexington, Murray, and Bowling Green artists and students, opens on Sunday, Sept. 13, with a reception at 2 p.m. (CDT). The Somerset exhibit was on display at The Center for Rural Development before moving to Bowling Green. Libbey, along with local artists Sue Burkett and Dave Cazalet currently have work on display at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset through Nov. 15.