Any day now, the Italian muralist Hitnes will arrive in Kentucky, still painting his way across the south, loosely following the path of John James Audubon. He will stop in Owensboro first and aims to arrive in Lexington--the last official stop on his The Image Hunter
quest--in about a week. CKAS has arranged to take him birdwatching and with luck we will get some good looks at some good local or migrant bird species; this is important because Hitnes is only going to paint murals of the birds he sees on his trip. Several of our members are hoping he sees Peregrine Falcons and Kentucky Warblers, and we will do our best to "load the bird deck" for an interesting mural. If you have not had a chance to look at the work Hitnes has already done and what we can expect for the murals in Lexington, take a minute to follow this link: short project video
then poke around in the completed projects. His work is beautiful and we can't wait to watch it come to life here in central Kentucky.
We should take a moment to thank everyone who contributed to the PRHBTN group
via their Kickstarter campaign
--they raised over $13,000 towards four murals, all of which will be complete by mid-October. Some are already started: you can drop by the Chase Brewing Co
and see MrDHEO and Pariz One at work right now. Hitnes will be starting his Audubon-themed mural on October 9th and finishing by the 12th -- an amazing feat given he'll be painting the large wall above the Starbucks across from Triangle Park and Rupp Arena. (Don't worry: we have requested he not paint a cardinal!) We encourage you to take some time during those five days and head down to Triangle Park to watch him paint.
CKAS has also arranged for Hitnes to give a talk called "When Art and Science Collide" at the UK Ecological Research and Education Center
on October 13th at 7:00pm. This free lecture will investigate the sometimes conflicting, sometimes complimentary relationship between art and science, with special emphasis on Hitnes' large-scale mural work. Wrapping up his stay in Lexington, Hitnes will hold a two-day Master Mural Class covering the history of muralism and mural-making techniques. Thanks to the generous support of the University of Kentucky Student Sustainability Council, CKAS will be able to provide full workshop scholarships to many UK students. Though we have not been able to arrange painting a mural on the outside
of the EREC/PIMSER facility, it does look like the class will be able to help Hitnes complete an extensive mural to greet people just inside
as they enter the building. We will know more about this mural's placement by the start of Hitnes' talk; we hope to see many of you there!