By Connie Thwaite

We live in a time when purchasing a novel involves little more than a few clicks on a tablet or Kindle. There is no need to travel to a book store, no browsing through stacks of volumes, no sensory connection with the weight of books in our hands or the aroma of fresh ink on crisp pages. And there certainly is no stimulation of our visual creativity.

For all of these reasons, the Portland, Tennessee Student Book Project in SKyPAC’s Children’s Gallery is a surprising and compelling visual experience. Under the tutelage of Mrs. Tiffany Brown, a former exhibiting artist in SKyPAC’s main gallery, the Portland students created works of art using acrylic on books as their primary media.

"Country Boy" by Brett Vanatta

“Country Boy” by Brett Vanatta

In their technique, the students’ art brings to mind Henri Matisse’s collages—a form the artist called “painting with scissors.” While scissors may not have been a primary tool in Brett Vanatta’s “Country Boy,” Brett’s strong image juxtaposed against flowing fabric-like shades of blue and yellow could very well have been inspired by a Matisse interior scene. And Shelby Weatherbee’s “For the First Time in Forever,” with its color blocks of blue, yellow and brown, has a collage quality reminiscent of the art produced by Matisse during the latter years of his life.

In their form and structure, the students’ works also evoke cubism. This artistic direction, which most often is associated with Pablo Picasso, reduced natural, three-dimensional images into two-dimensional shapes. This technique is evident in Julie Murphy’s “The Tenth Doctor,” in which the subject’s features are cut into geometric shapes and fitted back together like puzzle pieces slightly askew. In Devon Moore’s “Arnold,” it is the background books that take on a two-dimensional geometric format. The same can be said of “Mom” by Victoria Enfinger.

"Mom"by Victoria Enfinger

“Mom”by Victoria Enfinger

"The Tenth Doctor" by Julie Murphy

“The Tenth Doctor” by Julie Murphy

"For the First Time in Forever" by Shelby Weatherbee

“For the First Time in Forever” by Shelby Weatherbee







As I moved through the exhibit, I was struck by the choice of bold color in the students’ works and especially moved by the way in which the students’ outer images evoked their interior spirit. If I had time and space, I would discuss every piece in the exhibit because I do believe they all are spectacular. Instead, I will simply say that I hope all of the young artists will continue to pursue their talent—if not in visual art, then another art form of their choosing, because the greatest tool of an artist is his or her spirit and unique vision of beauty—whether sweet or harsh—in the world around them.

"You're a Tree" by Elle

“You’re a Tree” by Elle

And, to return to where I began, with the sensory impact that books deliver—even as technology assumes an increasing role in the way we are exposed to art—I will conclude with “You’re A Tree” by Elle. In her Artist’s Statement, Elle says, “When I was young, I was told that what you read makes you grow. The more you read, the more you grow. ‘You’re A Tree’ is a representation of the stories I was told, of how the written word makes you grow into a strong tree.”

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By Connie Thwaite 9/14/2014 It’s no accident that I chose “Germination,” the current exhibit of sculptor David Marquez’s work, as the topic of my first SKyPAC post. To my mind, Marquez’s sculptures are simply all of the things that current, … Continue reading

WKU graduate stars in national tour of ‘Veggie Tales Live’


SKyPAC is thrilled that WKU Graduate, Jonathan Perry, will be performing on the SKyPAC Main Stage for VeggieTales Live! Silly Song Sing-Along on September 25th!

Originally posted on WKU News:

Jonathan Perry, a 2007 graduate of WKU’s Department of Theatre & Dance, will be returning to Bowling Green next week with the national tour of Veggie Tales Live.

Jonathan Perry

Jonathan Perry

Perry, a native of Nashville, Tenn., plays the host of the show that features lively storytelling, colorful costumes and lessons about life. Based on the TV show for kids, Veggie Tales is now part of DreamWorks Animation. Veggie Tales Live! Silly Song Sing-Alongwill be presented at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center.

Perry was in numerous shows at WKU including Sweeney Todd, Children of Eden, Blood Brothers and Street Scene, and played the key role of Younger Brother in the WKU Centennial Celebration Production of Ragtime.

“I had a lot of stage time and was given many valuable opportunities,” Perry said of his time at WKU. “I always…

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Calling All Artists & Writers!

The 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are now open! Enter your work today with 905857_10152394077697993_3661342105419736824_othese three easy steps:

1.) Get the info! Deadlines vary by region. Find your local program guidelines and deadlines at
2.)Create an account! Once you’ve made your masterpiece, visit to create your Scholastic Awards account and upload your work. This will be your creativity command center!
3.)Stamp it and Send it! Have your submission forms signed by a parent / guardian and an educator, and then mail them off with your submission fee to your local program.

Click below for more information about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:

Regional Information: Southern Kentucky

Giving More Back to the Community!

Kroger_logoKroger is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Kroger Community Rewards®.

The Kroger Community Rewards® makes supporting SKyPAC easy…all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! By enrolling in the Community rewards and listing SKyPAC as your supporting organization we can earn up to $50,000 quarterly. There is no easier way to support the Arts in Southern Kentucky! Once you have register your purchases will begin earning rewards for SKyPAC within 7 to 10 business days of registering your Kroger Plus Card online.

  • Simply register online at
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy; if not you can use the phone number assigned to your card.
  • If you do not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • If you are a new online customer, click on “Create an Account” box.
  • If you are already an online customer Click on Sign In – Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter SKyPAC or # 89814 as the organization and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see SKyPAC on the bottom of your information page under Community Rewards.
  • Remember you must swipe your Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to your Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

SKyPAC Announces 2014-2015 Season



SKyPAC is proud to announce its upcoming 2014- 2015 Season! The Broadway Series ramps up with four favorites: Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, the acclaimed 2011 Tony® Award winner for Best Revival; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, a mega blockbuster and family favorite; Sister Act, 2011 Tony® Award nominee for Best Musical, and a holy and side-splitting romp; Flashdance,whose sizzling heat will make you feel like a maniac!Season_cover

The Director’s Series package builds upon the Broadway experience with these fabulous shows: The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas; Smokey Joe’s Café, featuring the Coasters; I Love Lucy Live on Stage;and the astonishing live art ensemble of The Three Painters!

Still want more? SKyPAC will deliver four extra add-on performances: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical™, the beloved stop-motion animation classic celebrating its 50th anniversary; a return engagement of the ultimate holiday tradition Mannheim Steamroller Christmas; furry four-legged fun with Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre; and an epic concert with The Pink Floyd Experience.

Season ticket holders are the heart and soul of every performing arts center. By becoming a Series Subscriber, you will receive exclusive benefits which include discounted ticket prices, no exchange fees, and a payment plan option. Subscribers also have the opportunity to purchase and exchange tickets prior to public on-sale dates. One of the best parts of having SKyPAC in this area is the opportunity to make special memories with special people all year long! Be a subscriber and become a memory maker today!

“I’m thrilled about our 2014-2015 Season and I hope you are too,” states Executive Director, Jan Allan Zarr. “This is an exciting time for SKyPAC. Please help us make this year, and every year, a great success for our community.”

Season subscriptions are available now! Begin your SKyPAC experience and click below to become a subscriber this 2014-2015 season!


More information is available online at, by phone at (270) 904-1880 or at the SKyPAC ticket office located at 601 College Avenue, Bowling Green, KY. Ticket office hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


JoshTurner_Banner_Web_goldSKyPAC announces the return of the Sounds of Independence, August 29, 2014, as Country performer Josh Turner rolls into Bowling Green with his Roughstock and Rambler Tour. One of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers, earning numerous CMA, ACM and GRAMMY nominations; Turner has JoshTurner_SquarePoster3sold more than five million albums and garnered four No. 1 hits. His song, “All Over Me,” from Haywire also reached the top spot on the charts, making him one of only seven country artists to have two No. 1 hits in 2010.

“It’s an electrifying time at SKyPAC and we are delighted with our partnership with Independence Bank,” states Jan Allan Zarr, Executive Director of SKyPAC. “This concert is an enduring testament of the continued spirit both SKyPAC and Independence Bank have, in bringing to Bowling Green and the surrounding communities, quality entertainment. “

Turner released his fifth studio album, Punching Bag, on June 12, 2012 which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. The debut single, “Time is Love” was #1 on the Best of 2012 Billboard Country Chart. The Associated Press says, “With Punching Bag, Turner once again proves he ranks among the most effective — and most hard-core country — performers of his generation.” Turner is one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry, inducted in 2007.

“With the success of last year’s Sounds of Independence Music Festival and our partnership with SKyPAC, we are excited about this event and what it means for our community,” says Brad Howard, President of Independence Bank. “We hope the support from this event will continue to attract and favor SKyPAC and downtown Bowling Green.”

Tickets go on-sale May 23, 2014 at 11:00 am. They may be purchased at the SKyPAC Ticket Office, online at or by phone at 270-904-1880.

For more information on Josh Turner, visit


About SKyPAC

SKyPAC Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, oversees the administration of the SKyPAC and the Capitol Arts Center facilities and programs. SKyPAC is a multi-use facility located in downtown Bowling Green, KY and has become a premier center for entertainment.

The SKyPAC facility includes an 1,800-seat state-of-the-art auditorium that serves as the home of Orchestra Kentucky & Kentucky Stages; The Renshaw Education Center which houses the Carol Wedge Studio Theater – a flexible 2,600 sq. ft. space for intimate productions and gatherings; several multi-functional rehearsal halls/classrooms; a children’s art gallery and a main gallery. The Capitol Arts Center provides a 750-seat auditorium and two art galleries, the Houchens Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery.  For more information, visit or call (270) 904-5000.

 About Independence Bank

Independence Bank is a regional community bank with 19 locations in 9 counties in western Kentucky – Calloway, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, McCracken, McLean, Warren and Webster counties, with assets of $1.4 billion. For more information, visit