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Starting out the year with new work installed at Arts Prescott Gallery beginning on Jan 16--Feb 14, 2008. I will be the "Guest Artist" for a month and will show some new things that I have had ideas about for some time and finally fit the ideas into a happening. Arts Prescott Gallery is located at 134 S. Montezuma, Prescott, Arizona USA on Historic Whiskey Row. The 4th Friday of every month is the evening "Art Walk" so I will be there with crackers and cheeze and some vino! That will be on January 25th. Y'all should come and check it out. For additional details their telephone number is (928)776-7717 and the WEB Site is www.artsprescott.com. They have some great art there and you can get a preview of their artists on the site. While you are checking out cyberspace visit the Raku Gallery and Gold Nugget Art Gallery pages. I am still spending Saturdays at Two Dogs Pottery and Trading so drop on by for a visit and sit for a spell.

Also, check out My Raku, &Art In Phoenix

Ciao for now.~Kenny

WAYNE ART PRODUCTIONS

PO Box 1171

Yarnell, Arizona 85362-1171

Call: (928) 427-4000

kenny@myraku.com

Bio on Kenny

   Kenny Wayne is the middle child of ten siblings, growing up in farming, ranching, and with a working cowboy youth.     He earned his AA- Art at MSJC and worked toward his BA- Communication Arts at Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho and his MFA at Prescott College.  He served in the U.S. Navy, ”touring the Seven Seas underwater as a ‘swimmer’,”  he says, jokingly.  In reality, he spent many years doing duty in the Cold War with America’s first line of defense off of both coasts in the Submarine Service and overseas in “areas of crises” in the “hot zones” as a technician and diver.

    In the mid-1970's after being laid up from a diving accident, he apprenticed with Idaho's nationally acclaimed "realist sculptor" Ralph Crawford, learning all facets of metal casting and focusing on the LOST WAX bronze process.  In 1984 he moved to California and became studio assistant to internationally famed sculptor, Max DeMoss,  (WWW.MAXDEMOSS.COM), and together did some collaborations and installations.

        A master mold-maker, "Raku" kiln fabricator, sculptor, potter and teacher, he has been instructing for many years.  He was assistant sculptor/foundry instructor were he earned his first degree at Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, California.  He was also the ceramics lab technician and has given numerous Raku workshops at that facility.  In addition, he was an instructor at Loma Linda University, La Sierra Campus for additive and subtractive sculpture and assisted undergrad students in applying skills to three dimensional  ceramic art including hand built, applied, and wheel thrown functional clay ware .

        When time permits, Kenny gives pottery wheel-throwing demonstrations at various educational facilities as well as teaching pottery making at summer youth camps.  He was Tewa Indian "Blue Corn's" assistant in the making of San Ildefonso Pottery at Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (ISOMATA) in the early 1990's.  He has also made numerous trips into the pueblos of the Southwest and to Casas Grandes where he studied with decedents of the "Ancient Ones" in contemporary settings.

          Kenny utilizes ideas gleaned from  memories of his pioneering  relatives who made explorations into the Four Corners area  of the
Southwest in the late 1800's out of Alamo Ranch to Mesa Verde and
throughout that “raw” (now) historical area well into the    1900's  and of his interest in Paleolithic, Neolithic, and Asian arts; marrying methods of the old and new and combining these themes into “cutting  edge visual art.”

         In 1999 he gave "Raku Pottery Making"  demonstrations for the village of San Juan Mata Ortiz, home to more than 350 potters and clay artist.  Kenny has taught Indigenous Pottery Making and Techniques at the Desert Caballeros Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona and Art Camp for adults in Yarnell.  He occasionally gives private lessons in his studio for gifted individuals.

        Known for his “Award Winning”  Bronze Sculptures and Clay Art, private and corporate collectors in Australia, Asia, Europe, Canada and throughout the United States have  acquired his work.  Many of his peers, who also admire his work, have included his art in their collections and he is often sought out to do commissioned pieces.

        Kenny has gained recognition and won many awards in juried art events on the Local and Regional levels and more recently earned Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards Nationally in pit fired, sagger fired and Raku fired pottery and has garnered the highest awards in the National Veterans  Creative Arts Festivals competitions in 2005, 2007, and 2008.     

           Kenny Wayne has been represented by numerous prestigious galleries, including Artistic  Galleries of Scottsdale and Gilbert  Ortega  Galleries of Arizona.  He has had showings in the Gold Nugget, Wickenburg; Artful Eye, Hilltop Gallery, Phippen Museum and Sun West, Prescott and, among others, Joe Wilcox, Sedona.  His works can also be seen in the Tucson Museum of Art as well as the Raku Gallery and the Down Hill Clay Company in Jerome.  His work has also been represented in the Riverside Art Museum, Mt. San Jacinto College, Intarsia Gallery, Del Mar; Cespedes Gallery, Palm Springs; Mi Bella Casa and Abigies Galleries at the Mercado, Phoenix; Tamarack and Lanning Gallerie in Sedona; The Center for Indigenous Art, Idyllwild; The Minds Eye, San Francisco and has also shown in Artistic Accents, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

     As an award winner, he has had numerous shows on the West Coast including "Fine Art" shows in Beverly Hills, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Studio City, and of course, the Southwest Arts Festival.  He has, in the past, done "Invitational Fine Art” shows extensively in Arizona  including Sedona,  Prescott, Carefree, Cave Creek, Scottsdale and Tucson as well as being the “Featured Artist” in various galleries and “ Invited Artist” for individual, two man and “Limited Artist” presentations at speciality showings and venues.

        The father of six children and nine grandchildren, he again resides in the Plateau Country of Central Arizona  where he has his home and on-site studioHe continues to innovate new methods and as he puts it, "... monitor cloud patterns and watch the granite decompose!"

        This extraordinary multi-talented artist can be reached through any of the above mentioned galleries or most Saturdays  through Two Dogs Pottery and Trading, 22733 Hiway 89, Yarnell, AZ 85362, (928) 427-3670.  His studio is by appointment only with no inventory on hand. He can also be contacted through these web sites: www.rakukenny.com and www.myraku.com

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