past cover artists

issue 3 | fall 2017 | tradition
It Glorifies by Jenny Bell | house paint

The old Ale81 motto “It Glorifies” has often amused me. To glorify means to highlight something, even something that could be not so great, and make it seem spectacular. I felt like this was my goal as an artist as well. To take the things around me and to frame them in a way that made them important. The bottles were more than empty glass vessels; they became a stained glass window that lit up my dorm room lime green in the afternoons. They were the sounds of bottles rolling and clinking around in the back seat of my car, riding the back roads with my friends. They were comforting to me like the ginger ale my mom made me drink when I was sick. Most of all they reminded me of home. This painting was the first painting I did in the first “home” I made away from the home I grew up in. The paint is leftover latex house paint from my green living room, my red kitchen and the white trim work. | Jenny Bell is from Cynthiana, Kentucky. She studied studio art at Morehead State University and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University. She enjoys drawing, painting, photography, making messes and fixing things. She currently is an Instructor of Art at Morehead State University.

issue 2 | spring 2017 | separation
Fractured Frida by Robert Shinn | mixed media, found objects

In order to get a little glimpse into the creation of “Fractured Frida” one first has to understand a bit about assemblage as I see it. Most artists first get a concept and then set about manipulating their medium to achieve the concept. I don’t do that. Working with found objects requires I have a collection, heck a hoard, of random objects on hand, just all over the studio. Then with nothing in mind, no concept, various things, working on my intuitive mind, begin speaking to me. I am hardly listening at all but I play with them. Sometimes in a few minutes and sometimes in months the visual part begins to form and then what it is, what it is saying, finally emerges. It is at this point some adjusting, finding some specific piece or pieces, becomes necessary. Completion usually comes quickly at this point, only occasionally hampered by a hard to find object. This was how it was with “Fractured Frida”, which is indeed a portrait of Frida Kahlo. I don’t want to leave you with the impression this is a singular endeavor. Most of the time there are at least twelve to fifteen projects going on. Sometimes several merge into one and too, one can become two. I can’t account for how much time is spent on any one piece mostly because it isn’t a straight line experience and furthemore it doesn’t matter.

issue 1 | fall 2016 | narrow
Untitled by Kopana | photography

Solidago’s inaugural cover photo was taken from Kopana Terry’s photo series Sacred Spaces. | Kopana works in many mediums: photography, music, drawing, writing, and on occasion, radio. As a musician she’s best known as the drummer for Arista Records’ Stealin Horses. Her photographs have appeared in The Head & The Hand Press, Heartwood, Ace Weekly, Lexington’s Herald-Leader and in the documentary Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business. From 2006-2010, she was co-creator and senior producer for tonic: arts and music magazine at NPR affiliate, WUKY. She’s been awarded grants from the Kentucky Arts Council, LexArts, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. In 2003, her photo series Down the Backstretch: Women in the Thoroughbred Industry was awarded a citation of merit from Kentucky’s State House of Representatives. Her blog, the outhouse: where art goes, combines art with positive thought. She earned her BA in Art Studio/Photography and Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky. Kopana is from Eastern Kentucky. She currently resides in Lexington, KY with one cat that thinks she’s a dog, one cat afraid of dogs, and one stinky awesome dog, named Wallace J. Terry. You can find Kopana and her menagerie at