Local artist gains national recognition

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Kim Kenney, "JusKim," a woodturning artist from Cassville, was recently awarded Juried Artist Status into The Best of Missouri Hands (BOMH).

Kenney began her woodworking career in 2008, working weekends with her instructor and mentor, Jerry Crowe, of Cassville.

In January 2012, she began working full time on her art and can be found most days at the studio of Unique Turnings, located at Route 2, Box 2722, in rural Cassville.

Kenney is now represented by the Museum Store at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Ark., at Peter Engler Design in Branson; at Tomblin's Jewelry and Gifts in Cassville; Artifacts in Eureka Springs, Ark., The Gallery of the Mountains in Asheville, N.C.; and the Gift Shop at Sequoia National Park in west central California.

BOHM is a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to the development and recognition of Missouri's artists and artisans through education, interaction and encouragement.

BOMH acknowledges artist excellence through an extensive jury process. To achieve juried artist status, Kenney had to exhibit an exemplary level of craftsmanship, skill and artistry. BOHM artists are recognized as some of the finest artists and artisans in the state.

The Best of Missouri Hands artists are showcased at a standing public exhibit at the Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City. Kenney has also been recognized by the Missouri Arts Council and the Missouri Humanities Council.

For more information, visit www.bestofmissourihands.org.

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