New member Lucky Stradley will be featured in August at Gallery 9.
Lucky was born in Columbus, GA on June 20th, 1952 the last of thirteen children. Her mother jokingly wanted to name her Quits. Her father offered Caboose. An election was held by her siblings. She was named Lucky. Lucky Martha Brady Burnes to be exact. So now you see where she got her tag: Always Lucky…Well, most of the time.
Lucky began her art career in 1973 out of necessity when her first husband died. She began painting motorcycle tanks and helmets in order to provide for her two-year-old son while attending Blair Business College in Colorado Springs, CO where she got a degree in accounting. In 1975, she moved to Louisville, KY to pursue her love of horses and art. She began to carve pictures, portraits and logos in leather items that she made such as notebooks, briefcases, and portfolios. She also painted signage.
Lucky’s artistic journey has taken her all across the United States and Canada. She exhibited in shows in OH, KY, NC, FL, OK, AZ, TX, TN, NM, IN as well as Toronto, Ontario. She mostly did horse shows and some rodeos. While at the Arabian Horse Canadian Nationals, she was commissioned to do the awards for the stall decorating competition. Later, she was commissioned to the the Awards for the Canadian Nation Exhibition.
In 1983, she established and managed Bluegrass Equine Center. She trained and showed Arabian Horses. As a part of that operation, she offered camps for children who love horses and art. Several of the camps were for the financially handicapped children who could not have other wise attended theses camps. She taught them to ride and care for horses. She also taught them to create hand painted tee shirts, carve leather and to paint plaques. She also taught them how to market these items in order to pay for the camp cost.
In 1993, she married Carl Stradley and moved to Hubbell, Nebraska. In 2003, she began sculpting in clay. She have exhibited at the Expo in Washington DC and at the Kansas City Doll Fair, at Idex in Orlando, FL and at Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA. She was a featured artist at the Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission,TX, at Clay, Art and Fire in Big Rapids, MI and at Noyes Gallery for their First Friday Art Walk in Lincoln, NE.
She has attended many workshops to learn certain unique techniques, but is mostly self taught. Lucky did receive an Associates Degree in Commercial Art and Photography from Jefferson Community College in Louisville, KY. She took a summer course at Cornell University on medical and biological illustration held on Appledore Island.
Lucky’s artistic talents include carving pictures, portraits and logos onto leather, demonstrative art work for litigation, painting historical murals, painting signage, hand painted original t-shirts, jewelry making, creating artist dolls, folk art and ceramics. Her sculptural work is done in polymer clay, paper clay, paper mache, and stoneware.
She says: “I discovered the wonderful world of making faces on functional pottery in May of 2009. I love mud. I love making faces. I love making faces in the mud. Gosh, I am the happiest when I have mud all over my hands and my apron and a cute little ugly face is looking back at me from the mud.”
1998 1st place NCIP, State of NE (Hubbell mural)
2004 1st place Original One of a Kind – Amateur – Kansas City Doll Fair (Sammy)
2005 1st place Original One of a Kind – Professional. Fantasy – Kansas City Doll Fair (Edwin)
2005 1st place Original One of a Kind – Division Champion, Fantasy – Kansas City Doll Fair (Edwin)
2006 1st place Original One of a Kind, Art Doll – National Polymer Clay Art Guild’s Progress and Possibilities (Miko Ming Toi)
2006 2nd place Original One of a Kind, Art Doll – National Polymer Clay Art Guild’s Progress and Possibilities (Edwin)
2006 3rd place Original One of a Kind, Art Doll – National Polymer Clay Art Guild’s Progress and Possibilities (Charles)
2006 Merit Award Original Sculpture DragonCon, Atlanta, GA (Phillip)
2007 3rd Original One of a Kind, Art Doll – National Polymer Clay Art Guild’s Progress and Possibilities (Karlie)
2007 Award of Excellence – ANAC, Traveling Art Show (The Peddlers)
2009 Award of Excellence – ANAC, Traveling Art Show (A Precious Moment)
2011 1st Place Pottery – NE State Fair