Artist featured

DV Combs, director of The Art Gallery in Langley, poses with Letcher County artist Jeff Chapman Crane, during the Spring 2018 exhibit. His artwork is displayed.

The Art Gallery in Langley recently announced the lineup for its Spring Exhibit, which will be held May 5.

The Spring Showing of New Artwork will feature live music by Waylon Nelson and works by artists David Corey Heinzeleman of Langley, Leila Hentzen Smith of Wisconsin, Jeff Carpenter-Crane of Eolia in Letcher County and DV Combs, the director of the gallery.

Heinzeleman lives in Langley when he is not traveling to foreign countries for missionary work. In a press release, Combs praised his work as “complex” and “very unique.” 

“They could well be characters in stories and many have titles to give some sense of who they pretend to be. Some are black and white, but many are painstakingly enhanced with brilliant color,” she wrote. “Starting with simple shapes that can be turned in various ways, the assembly begins to form unique characters. One, a knight in armor is especially pleasing. The works are also be transferred to t-shirt display and become saleable that way.” 

Heintzelman said in a statement that he’s been “drawing characters for years.” 

“It is all just for fun,” he wrote. “As a kid after church my grandpa always read the paper and he would give me the funny pages. I loved those comic strips.”

He said his art “developed largely in an unconscious way.” 

“I always have a pen and paper and these characters just seem to come out,” he wrote. “Almost everything that I draw has a little bit of humor.” 

Smith, a lifetime aquarelle artist, will display six original paintings of floral content and one work that depicts the Clyde Harbor in Connecticut at low tide. She graduated with a degree in fine art from Miami University, and continued her art during her married life while raising children and teaching private lessons in Wisconsin. 

“Many vacations were spent with her late husband who was also an artist/architect in Maine at a painting school there, as well as on Loon Lake, her summer retreat,” Combs wrote. “Mrs. Smith and the late Richard Smith are well known, and their original art works can be found in many homes in the popular southern Wisconsin art circuit.”

Crane, a renowned Appalachian artist, will show five of his latest works at the exhibit. The event marks the second time his artwork has been featured there.

“He paints in the manner of Northern Renaissance artists in the medium of egg tempera,” Combs wrote. “Viewers are awed by his meticulous and realistic rendering of subject matter which includes portraits. His work is well known and in collection in Kentucky, Tennessee and (in the) east.” 

Crane operates the Valley of the Winds Art Gallery out of his home in Eolia. He’s been painting for as long as he can remember. 

“I’ve always been an artist,” he told the Floyd County Chronicle and Times last year. “I believe art is an essential form of expression and it builds the urge to be creative, which is inherent in all of us, really. I think everybody has an inherent urge to create, whether that be with arts, or writing, or cooking or gardening. There are all sorts of ways to create.” 

Combs, who has taught art for decades, opened the Art Gallery in Langley several years ago in her husband’s former office at, 297 Johns Branch Road in Langley. She teaches art history and studio art at the Piarist School. She will be exhibiting works that she created this winter in her studio at the gallery. 

“The works are largely aquarelle paintings of flowers and farm scenes from Wisconsin,” Combs wrote. She has also exhibited her landscape paintings highlighting scenes from the grounds around the gallery and Eastern Kentucky mountains. 

The exhibit will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, and Nelson will perform at the reception, which starts at 3 p.m. 

He’s been performing since he was nine years old. 

He describes his music as a “blasphemous bluegrass guitar rhythm played over Appalachian inspired vocal melodies with lyrics that represent the day-to-day struggle of a 21st century millennial from the mountains.” 

His debut album is “Appalachian Sound.” 

For more information about The Art Gallery in Langley, visit, artgalleryinlangley.org or call Combs at, (606) 478-3325. She requests that visitors who may need ambulatory assistance to contact her two or three days in advance to schedule accommodations. 

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