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Kenneth Earl Dempsey is Featured Artist At Art on Park Gallery

Kenneth Earl Dempsey shares his lifetime love of artistry with us as his artwork and poetry are featured at Art On Park Gallery in Lake Park, FL.  The public is invited to meet the artist and enjoy the Opening Reception on Friday, November 10th.  The exhibit continues through Nov. 24th.  In addition to his art and classical studies, Kenneth was a critical care Registered Nurse in Afghanistan and Iraq as a career Officer, bringing a new level of care to soldiers abroad fighting for our freedoms.  As we approach Veterans Day, The Rickie Report is honored to be publishing this article.  We need to see beyond the uniform and the battle to find the spark of creativity within. Here are the details and some sneak peeks.




800 Park Avenue    Lake Park, FL 33403






APBC   Art On Park Gallery




Kenneth Earl Dempsey

“Across the Pond and Back Again – Positano +50”

Opening Reception:

Friday, November 10th

5  – 8 PM

Free Admission, Free Parking




Kenneth spent his formative years in rural and semi-rural New England, witnessing the splendor of the four seasons, occasionally drawing insects and then later people and places. Periodically, Ken would take out pen or brush and record what he observed in natural landscapes. A product of Parochial schooling, Ken had a strong foundation in the classics and in a patriotic view of America.



Artwork by Kenneth Earl Dempsey




After his family moved to various parts of New York, Ken decided to attend Art School at New York Institute of Technology in Olde Westbury. In his third year, Ken decided to attend a summer session at the Positano Art Workshop on the Amalfi Coast south of Naples at age 19. This would be an artistic and emotional awakening as he travelled about Europe witnessing art and beauty everywhere, and vowing to learn those languages he was hearing, and to see more of the world! Ken is now fluent in German and very good in Italian, still reading, and now writing poetry, in these languages.


Artwork by Kenneth Earl Dempsey




The art education was interrupted after three years by his country’s call, when he entered the U.S. Air Force in support of the War in Southeast Asia. Putting brushes aside, Ken would serve for five years, ending up in Southern Italy once more, and picking up pencils and brushes in his spare time, doing watercolors and experimenting with oils, while listening to Russian and other Classical music.  The next two decades would be marked by studies and work in Health Care, as a Respiratory Therapist then Registered Nurse in several venues including San Francisco, South Florida, Nuremberg, Germany and San Antonio, Texas. Ken studied stained glass making in Erlangen, Germany, and sketched scenes from travels in Europe.




After marrying and having four wonderful children, Ken resumed his military career. The Critical Care would come to the fore as Ken was commissioned in the Air Force, eventually deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq and Germany as cart of a Critical Care Air Transport Team, treating and resuscitating critically injured soldiers and marines in several parts of Asia, and creating an Intensive Care Unit in the sky, in the back of C-130, C-141 and C-17 aircraft. In down time, Ken studied Afghan faces and sketched them in graphite and conte crayon, further developing his skills in drawing portraits. In Europe and Asia and North Africa, Ken would study and record faces of people and works in galleries.


Artwork by Kenneth Earl Dempsey




Witnessing the suffering in Central Asia, while repairing broken bodies and souls, Ken began to draw and paint, and eventually to write poetry in honor of his children and family, and to express the anguish of war. Poetry and art have become cathartic for the artist, enabling a deeper exploration of the human condition, in an attempt to understand human nature and suffering after having experienced horrific loss personally and in the wartime experiences. A book of poetry is soon to be released entitled ‘Death at 50,000 feet and other stories of war’, recounting true and personal experiences. Other volumes of poetry are in development including a personal journey through grief to hope, entitled ‘Lamentosa e Speranza . Other poems reflect upon the seasons and man’s responsibility to safeguard God’s great creation – the Earth. Ken has recently expanded to sculpture (“Wounded Warrior”) and after discovering Haiku, has begun to merge art and poetry with philosophy and nature in newer works exploring morality and meditation.



Ken continues to serve fellow veterans, after retiring from the USAF, working at a VA Medical Center, and lives with his family in Wellington, FL and part time in Maggie Valley, NC. Ken travels with wife, Karen, to Europe and other places whenever possible. Seeing the world as an essentially beautiful place, a gift from God, Ken continues to look optimistically at life and love, hoping to make a contribution to mankind while instilling respect for the environment and culture.



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