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Ken Simmelink Art Exhibition at the Bristol Public Library

January 13, 2014

The Bristol Public Library is happy to announce award-winning artist Ken Simmelink will be showing his paintings in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery for the months of January and February, 2014. Although the artist is a thirty year resident of Elizabethton he grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Sketching and painting have been a long time hobby of Ken’s. In college he majored in Psychology but he also took a variety of art courses including oil painting and sculpturing. A career in aviation and missions, however, left little time for artistic endeavors. Only after retirement in 1996 did Ken take up painting seriously. Ken works in three media; oils, pastels and watercolor, but most of his current work is in oils.

His wife, Lee, is his critic and agent, and his primary source of encouragement. Both Ken and Lee are members of the Watauga Valley Art League, the Depot Artists Association, and the artist co-op at 606 State Street Gallery.

The Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery, part of the Bristol Public Library, seeks out artists from the region as part of the mission of the BPL, “Expanding Minds, Building Community.” Each artist will display works for a two month period, and the public is encouraged to visit the Gallery during BPL operating hours. Many of the art works displayed are for sale and give the artist an avenue into more widespread community recognition.
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