Art show coming to Harlan Center

Artist to display paintings of river

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]

Courtesy of Harlan Tourism

The Artists’ Attic along with the Harlan Tourism and Convention Commission are sponsoring a one-man art show featuring the works of Larry Richardson.

Richardson’s work will be exhibited at the Harlan Center from 5 until 7 p.m. on Aug. 4.

Artist’s Attic representative Elizabeth Lewis hopes the event will bring in folks from all over.

“The Artists’ Attic hopes everyone will help us welcome Richardson to our area by stopping by and supporting the arts. Free admission and refreshments. Richardson will also be present for any questions about his journey along the Cumberland River and will have his artwork for sale for those of you interested in owning a piece of this project,” Lewis said.

Richardson, who grew up in western Kentucky, said he is looking forward to being in Harlan for the show.

“What I’ve been doing is creating a series of paintings about the Cumberland River,” Richardson said. “Since the Cumberland starts in Harlan, I thought it would be appropriate to bring the paintings that I’ve produced over there for a show.”

Richardson explained the paintings are landscapes.

“These are oil paintings for the most part,” Richardson said. “They’re scenic paintings.”

Richardson said he has been painting for some time now.

“I’ve been painting for a good while, not professionally but just kind of as a hobby,” Richardson said. “When I retired from Ducks Unlimited a few years ago, I took a few more lessons and have been painting ever since. I guess I’m doing OK, I’m starting to sell paintings and that makes you feel good, that people want to have them in their homes or businesses.”

Richardson explained the show will consist of 20 different scenes from along the Cumberland River.

“The river is 700 miles long,” Richardson said. “When it leaves Harlan, it’s almost 700 miles before it gets to the Ohio River. I’ve just arbitrarily picked out points along the river and done some paintings.”

Richardson mentioned there are only two ferries on the river, one in Kentucky and the other in Tennessee.

“I haven’t done the one in Kentucky yet, but I do have a painting of the one in Tennessee,” Richardson said.

Richardson said his paintings include scenes of elk, tugboats and the city of Nashville, Tennessee, the biggest city on the Cumberland River.

The collection can also be viewed online at as well as information about the artist.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde.

Courtesy of Harlan Tourism of Harlan Tourism
Artist to display paintings of river

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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