Bookcliffs Arts Center hosts Lively event |

Bookcliffs Arts Center hosts Lively event

Sara Gallagher
This painting titled “God Finger Part 2” is one of several pieces by local painter Ricky Lively that will be on display at the Bookcliffs Arts Center Friday.
Courtesy image |

First Fridays at the Bookcliffs Arts Center are here again, and with rotating local artists each month, there’s always something new to see.

April marked the beginning of this monthly event, and it was a great success. This month, local painter Ricky Lively will be coloring our walls with his “historical photo realism.” With use of oil and acrylic, he captures a wide variety of subjects. From local wildlife and landscapes to his specialty in aviation and war-craft rendering, his work speaks to a wide audience.

“While some men are into race cars, I have always just been fascinated with planes,” Lively said.

His grandfather and a couple of his great-uncles served in the Air Force, a fact that heavily influenced his life and sparked an interest in World War II. But Lively takes his fascination one step further than simply painting these airplanes. As an active member of the Air Force Association, a nonprofit military and aerospace education association, he sponsors three different “war birds” that are still in flight today. A portion of his proceeds go toward this sponsorship.

Please join us Friday for an evening of historically rich art, and a chance to mingle with the artist and other members of the community at the Bookcliffs Arts Center.

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