HAZARD — Perseverance paid off for one local artist who had been turned down 4 years ago to sell paintings at the Appalachian Artisan Center (AAC) in Hindman, but returned in July to be the first ever artist to have their exhibit become sold out.
Jenn Noble, of Hazard, said, in a sit down interview, that she was invited 4 years ago to bring some of her paintings to AAC and to be juried in for an exhibit. She was denied at that time for an exhibit, and had received a letter saying that her paintings did not belong at AAC.
Fast forward 4 years, Noble said that she was contacted by the new executive director of AAC, Josh Mullins, asking her if she would like to do an art exhibit for AAC.
“I was like yes, it’s my opportunity to try again.” she said. Noble commissioned 6 paintings for the jury, and Mullins put those paintings before the jury. Noble was given a perfect score by an representative from the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen of Berea. After being denied 4 years ago, she was accepted and able to sell her artwork at AAC beginning in July.
Mullins asked Noble to commission 15 paintings to be displayed in the exhibit that ran from the end of July to the closing reception on August 27.
Noble normally paints strictly abstract art, which allows her to express her emotions.
“The emotions would build up till I had to paint.” she said.
Noble wanted to do something different for the exhibit, because she believed that she shouldn’t force her emotions. Noble experimented with different techniques. She painted portraits, landscapes, and recognizable images, which she had never done before.
Noble had 16 paintings that hung in AAC during her exhibit. She would post pictures of her paintings after she finished them on Facebook, and had sold 3 of them before they hung in the exhibit.
Noble recalled a story of a woman who was cycling through Hindman on her way to California and had stopped in at AAC and bought one of her paintings out of the blue.
“One was picked up by a cyclist was coming through (Hindman), because when the paintings sold, they were to hang there until the closing reception and so if someone bought one they couldn’t take it then it needed to stay. There was a woman who came through cycling on her way to California back home and she bought one. So Josh let her take that with her. I started with 15, but 16 altogether.” she said.
During the interview, Noble talked about the conversation she had with Mullins about her exhibit becoming sold out and becoming the first artist to sell out their paintings at AAC.
“A few weeks in, Josh had told me that he believed it would probably sell out and that the paintings that had sold that far was more than they typically sell in a year. So, that was amazing. I didn’t know if it would sell out. I tried not to worry myself about it too much and just let it happen. It was the first time that it ever sold out an exhibit.” she said.
Noble continues to paint in her spare time, and her art can be viewed on her Facebook page Jenn Noble Art & Cakes.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.