Ghost Towns of the West
Own a work of Art and a Piece of History
Preserving the Past through Art.
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Kevin P. Heaney
Kevin portrays the magic of the Western landscape, its people, the mystery of its ghost towns and its beautiful old architecture. Fifth generation Montanan born in Butte, raised and educated in Deer Lodge comes from a pioneer background with a strong mining influence. He attended college at Montana State University, Bozeman and Western Montana College, Dillon where he received a B.S. Degree with an Art Major. He has taught art fifteen years at the secondary level in Montana and Nevada. Has taught art classes at Western Montana College and Northeastern Nevada college.
Kevin's paintings and drawings capture the memories of his Montana roots. His work has been featured in many one-man exhibits including a show at the Montana Historical Society and the Northeastern Nevada Museum. He has participated in the C.M. Russell Art Show in Great Falls, Montana. The Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. He did the poster for Bannack Day 1994, 1995 and 1996 and presented them to the Governor of Montana. Artwork has been exhibited in the National Rodeo Finals. His work is represented in the Neocon World Trade Fair in Chicago through Art-Exchange. He participated in the Buffalo Roams project at West Yellowstone. Juried International Railroad Expo, Carson City, Nevada 2008.
Kevin has been capturing ghost towns of the West for over 30 years in his paintings and drawings. He has traveled all over in the western states. Presently, he completed a traveling art exhibit of watercolors of Ghost Towns of the West. There will be 25 watercolors that will be exhibited in museums and art galleries for the next 12 years.
His work was in several issues of the Montana Outdoors Magazine. He has done covers for several magazines. Has illustrated for other magazines and sevaral books.
Has won awards and has been selected in many juried shows. His work is included in permanent collections of libraries, colleges, schools and offices throughout Montana and Nevada. Works hang in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, China and Europe. He maintains a studio in Gallatin Gateway, Montana. He was Artist in Residence at the Old Montana Prison Museum in Deer Lodge from 2003 -2009. His artwork is exhibited at Madison Crossing in West Yellowtone, Montana and Artencounter in Las Vegas, Nevada. Work Juried in International Railway Expo in Carson City, Nevada 2008. Kevin is a member of an artists coop called the Artists Gallery located at the Emerson Art Center, Bozeman, Montana.
I have been drawing ever since I can remember. I portray the magic of the Montana and West's landscape, its people, its wildlife, the mystery of its ghost towns and beautiful old architecture.
Fifth generation Montanan born in Butte, raised and educated in Southwestern Montana, coming from a pioneer background with a strong homesteading and mining influence, my paintings and drawings capture the memories of my Montana upbringing.
I became very interested in ghost towns at an early age and from, then on my art has evolved in capturing a part of our history that is fading. Much of the West's history is stored in its ghost towns. Strolling through empty streets past ruined buildings and deserted mining structures one easily realizes how hard those pioneer families had to work to survive. They built those towns their mines with pick and shovels. They built the west.
In my paintings and drawings I capture the most unusual and unforgettable events in all of American history which took place during the bonanza mining years in the West. With my art I capture these events. The Ghost Towns, old mills and mines as mute testimony to the rowdy, reckless, raucous boom years that opened up our West and changed the charactor forever.
Growing up in a time when there were numerous ghost towns I have been able to capture these in my artwork. I have had the opportunity to travel to many ghost towns throughout Montana and the West.
May 14th, 2010 - Gallatin Gateway, MT
ACEO's by Kevin Heaney
eBay's home-grown art movement
For as long as anyone can remember, baseball cards have been one of the most popular and prized collecting hobbies. Everyone is familiar with the compact yet elegant format of the baseball card—in an area only 2.5' x 3.5', these cards aesthetically capture the grace and energy of athletes in their element.
Inspired by the familiar baseball card format with sports collectibles, in 2004, a new art form was born on eBay. A group of innovative artists created a variation of the traditional baseball card format called the Art Cards Editions and Original, or ACEOs for short. Now six years later, ACEOs are flourishing. (on any given day at least 100,000 ACEO originals are sold somewhere on the internet) More and more people are collecting ACEOs; art supply stores are beginning to stock specialized materials that help artists create them. Perhaps most significantly, art critics are beginning to take notice of these small yet exquisite works of art.
The main difference between ACEOs and the more traditional “art cards” (which also have dimensions similar to baseball cards and have been around for a while) is that artists primarily create ACEOs with the intention of selling them, .... On eBay, artists can offer their ACEO creations directly to a worldwide audience of art lovers, and get better prices in the bargain.
Canvassing for members
It all began in October 2004 with eBay member bone*diva. As an artist who sells her work on eBay, she had seen the older “art cards” and had noticed that many art buyers were dissatisfied with the range of subjects and quality of artwork that was available. When a friend begged bone*diva to use her artistic skills to do something about it, she adopted a quintessential eBay Community approach – she started an eBay Group and invited members on the Art & Artists discussion board to join. She was stunned by the response from fellow artists on eBay, who flocked to join the group. With about 100 artists joining the group, it grew rapidly, and soon an entire movement arose around ACEOs. Today, the ACEO Group has over 2300 active artists.
Early on, the artists agreed on the basic guidelines to define the ACEO art form. They kept these simple, so as not to restrict individual creativity. ACEOs have only three basic rules:
The size of an ACEO should be 2.5” x 3.5”. The group decided to adopt this uniform standard size, which was widely recognized by collectors. Any sizes larger or smaller would not qualify as ACEOs, and would be listed under other categories.
All work must adhere to basic Copyright Law. This was very important to the founding artists, who understand the importance of respecting and acknowledging original work. One of the most important activities of the group is to help members understand the implications of copyright law as it applies to ACEOs.
There are no other rules. Artists have complete freedom in making creative decisions, such as the subject of the ACEO, or the materials used in its creation.
Once these basic rules were framed, a myriad of ACEO creations began appearing on eBay. Today, art lovers can find ACEOs with pretty much any theme under the sun—ranging from surrealistic fantasy art to traditional landscapes and still life subjects.
Look for ACEO originals on Ebay and my site: kevin-heaney.fineartamerica.com.
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