Community Sketchbook

Sunday, October 10, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:56 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Title: Contemporary Works of Kevin Ritchie, an exhibit at A La Campagne, 918 E. Broadway

About the artist: Kevin Ritchie is a full-time artist who has won multiple awards at the annual Boone County Art Show, including first place in professional drawing and the Popular Choice Award.

Rarely painting or drawing what is on his mind, Ritchie starts with a visual idea and then looks for relationships within the visual elements to hold everything together.

Ritchie, 35, said he hopes to make a painting someday that captures his general indignation. “I always want to paint it,” he says, “but never do.”

The exhibit is located inside and will run through November.

About the exhibit: Some of the oil paintings in Ritchie’s exhibition feature bizarre juxtapositions.

One piece, “Stamping Out the Burning Bush,” is an example of the artist’s visually stimulated creative process. It exhibits in vivid colors the unlikely combination of smiling, partially dressed women amidst a raging fire.

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