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Mountain Workshop Stories Featured at Gateway Arts Center

Mountain Workshop Mt. Sterling Kentucky
Stories from the Mountain Workshop hosted in Montgomery County (Kentucky) during October 2018 are on display at the Gateway Regional Arts Center (GRAC) in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. One picture and summary are featured for each story. John Ward was a participant as the subject for a story captured in photos by Alexander Volberding. John's story was titled Living Double, highlighting his second career as an artist.

John Ward's Kentucky Quarter Chair Returns Home

Kentucky State Quarter chair by John L. Ward www.jwardstudio.com

Originally posted by my daughter :: In 2001, my Dad contributed to the design of the Kentucky state quarter. That same year, he painted a beautiful chair for an auction at the Arts Center. The chair he painted tied into the state quarter design featuring My Old Kentucky Home, horse scenes, and the Kentucky state quarter mounted in the top slat. I remember my Dad taking the chair with us to paint while on vacation and painting it during the evenings. I've searched for this chair several times through the years without success. The chair went up for sell at a local estate auction last week. After 18 years, I'm excited to say the chair found its way back home and is now in my possession! A treasured family heirloom!

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One Drop -- A Slave! Book Signing

Paddle Wheeler One Drop A Slave! Eddie Price and John Ward

Kentucky artist John Ward recently attended Kentucky author Eddie Price's book signing of One Drop -- A Slave! at Winchester's library. John's artwork is featured on the book cover and John was on hand to sign prints of Paddle Wheeler if customers desired to purchase a companion item to Mr. Price's book. Prints are available of Paddle Wheeler.

John Ward's Evening Chase and Surprise Party Originals Sold

John Ward artist with Steve and Janet Ramlal

I am always so appreciative and humbled by people enjoying the art I create. I had the pleasure of meeting Steve and Janet Ramlal, the new owners of the originals Surprise Party and Evening Chase. Thank you for your support and business! Prints are available of both images. Please contact us if interested in purchasing an original.

John Ward's Art Decorates Peoples Bank of Kentucky's New Mt. Sterling Office

John Ward Kentucky Artist with Mary Jane Pettit and Tony Kinder
John Ward was in attendance at Peoples Bank of Kentucky's Grand Opening of their new location in Mt. Sterling on December 10th. The bank sought to adorn their new building with artwork representing Mt. Sterling and surrounding areas. A total of eighteen (18) of John's images were used throughout the building including the main lobby, offices, hallways, and teller station. Some of the images includes Hereford Autumn, Old Rusty, Goddard White Covered Bridge, Deep in Tradition, and many more.

Living Double from the Mountain Workshop

John Ward artist Mountain Workshop

Sponsored by Western Kentucky University, the Mountain Workshops held their 43rd annual workshop in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky during the week of Oct. 22, 2018. In addition to the students participating in the program, WKU faculty members were joined by volunteer shooting, editing, and writing coaches who traveled from across the country to participate in the program.

John Ward was selected to be one of the stories for the workshop and worked with photojournalist Alexander Volberding. It was an exciting and interesting process to have John's life documented in photos including capturing John's life at work and home.

Check out John's story called Living Double at: https://mountainworkshops.org/history/2018/14080 (link works best in Chrome)

Photos by Alexander Volberding.

Mountain Workshop John Ward artist

John Ward Illustrates Cover of "One Drop -- A Slave!" by Eddie Price

Kentucky artist John Ward partnered with Eddie Price, Kentucky author, to illustrate the cover of Mr. Price's new release titled One Drop -- A Slave!, released in February 2018. The book is a sequel to Mr. Price's popular book, Widder's Landing. Over Labor Day weekend, Eddie and John attended the Pioneer Festival in Winchester, Kentucky where those purchasing Mr. Price's book had the rare opportunity to have both the author (Eddie) and illustrator (John) sign their copies.

John Ward and Eddie Price One Drop A Slave One Drop - A Slave! Cover

John Ward Presents American County Artist, Lee Greenwood, with Ripley, Ohio Bicentennial Print

Lee Greenwood John Ward Ripley Ohio Bicentennial

John Ward was commissioned by the Ripley, Ohio Lions Club to create their bicentennial print of Ripley from the waterfront of the Ohio River called Ripley, Ohio Bicentennial

Lee Greenwood, American country artist, was the featured entertainment during the weekend events. John presented Mr. Greenwood with the Ripley Bicentennial print.

Kentucky Quarter Ranked First Place

Kentucky State Quarter John Ward
The Kentucky State Quarter, which John Ward contributed to the design of, was ranked first place for all state quarters in terms of design and reflecting what the state is known for.

John Ward Commissioned by Quails Forever Hinkston Chapter to Paint Flush

Flush Quails Forever Hinkston Chapter John Ward Tim Farmer
Kentucky artist John Ward was commissioned by the Quails Forever Hinkston Chapter to create the picture, Flush, which John is holding. Flush features two German Shorthaired Pointers stirring up quail. John is shown with Tim Farmer, host of Kentucky Afield. Prints are available of this image.

John Ward's Picture, Beauty at Bennett's Mill, Selected by American Academy of Equine Art: 2012 Fall Open Juried Exhibition

Beauty at Bennett's Mill Covered Bridge by John Ward www.jwardstudio.com horses Greenup County Kentucky

Kentucky artist John Ward was selected by the highly selective American Academy of Equine Art to exhibit his artwork, Beauty at Bennett's Mill, in their 2012 Fall Open Juried Exhibition. John's work will be included in the exhibit from September 14 - October 24, 2012 at the Scott County Arts and Cultural Center/Gallery located in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The American Academy of Equine Art spotlights work of invited and juried equine artists.

KEHA Reflections Anniversary Print by John Ward

KEHA Reflections Anniversary Print by John Ward

The Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) commissioned Mr. John Ward of Mount Sterling to paint a commemorative 80th anniversary print in 2012. This beautiful, colorful work of art could fit in any homemaker's home in Kentucky. http://keha.ca.uky.edu/content/keha-reflections

KEHA Reflections features a white farmhouse with sites common to farms in days gone by including a red barn, garden, tire swing, horses, quilts, red wagon, and a Martin birdhouse.

Prints are available of Reflections.