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3 NKY Artists Featured in Upcoming Covington Arts Exhibit

Flight in time, flight in space, flight in life. Flight features the works of Northern Kentucky artists Sharmon Davidson and Marsha Karagheusian, showcased in a three-woman show with Cincinnati’s Jan Nickum at Covington Arts gallery.

Nickum meets the most obvious definition of the exhibit. Her work is about birds as “messengers in the universe,” says curator Saad Ghosn, who grouped the artists so their work would speak to “the notion of passage, memory, dialogue within the cycle of life.”

Davidson’s multi-media work, intensely personal, explores her own childhood mythology and vocabulary, “conveying her deep belief in the unity and connectedness of everything in the universe.”

Davidson adds, “At the most basic level, we are made of the same stuff as the stars, the trees, the air, the ocean. Having come from the same source, we are all connected in the most intricate ways, both visible and invisible.

“I express this by the transposition of objects, the overlapping of transparent images, and by forms that seem to transform into something else. I’m constantly searching for more effective methods of revealing this mystery.”

Karagheusian, Professor of Art and Art Education at Xavier University, is an Armenian-American and her ceramic pieces, Ghosn suggests, “are a flight through time, connecting with her ancestors,” reflecting on the cycle of life of her ethnic group, the Armenians, at the occasion of the 100th anniversary of their genocide (April 24.)

Jan Nickum’s work addresses the cycle of life of birds who, unlike us humans, spend nearly their entire lives in the air, messengers between the common, the physical and the ethereal — liaisons between the earth and the sky.

Ghosn writes Art For a Better World for Aeqai and has curated nearly 200 exhibitions, often focused on aspects of activism and social justice.

Flight, through May 29. Covington Arts, 2 West Pike St., Covington. Gallery hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 859-292-2322 and www.covingtonarts.com.

-Staff report/Image: Lucky Crow by Jan Nickum (provided)