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Kentucky Color - Artist, his Medium and his Message
Danny Reeves is beyond measure a great local artist
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired State Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry
I think it goes without saying that most great artists are more than very talented, more than practiced in working in a particular medium, more than a gene pool of creativeness, more than patience personified, and more than a sum of their parts; great artists are overflowing with a passion for communicating a message to others.
Danny Reeves certainly fills the bill on talent, medium and message. He is beyond measure a great artist and more than a sum of his parts and the piece in the accompanying photograph, commissioned by a well known local resident is just the latest example of Danny's gift and message.
This dining table. which seats six, this work of art is pithily constructed from recycled barn lumber that was rescued by Danny. Of course, for those wood aficionados who are truly in the know, this is not just any ordinary barn lumber, it is what most folks consider to be the rarest wood in North America, American chestnut.
Danny's message to all of us is don't just throw it away or burn it or bury it but use it. Every day we are discarding treasures of unfathomable value as one would thoughtlessly throw away a chewing gum wrapper. Old barns, old houses, old commercial buildings, and old items of most any nature can, as the mythological phoenix, rise from the ashes of the past to become a true phoenix of the present and future. -Billy Joe Fudge
This story was posted on 2012-02-19 11:20:08
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