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Johnson-Temple Talent

Bedford artist uses her talent
to illustrate historical homes

By Daphne Wotring
Contributing Writer


BEDFORD, Ky. (April 2000) – Betty Johnson-Temple is a locally well-known sketch artist who resides in Trimble County, Ky.

Betty Johnson-Temple

Photo by Daphne Wotring

Betty Johnson-Temple displays
some of her sketches and art work
in her Bedford, Ky. home. Her talent
can be seen in many Trimble County
Historical Society booklets.

She is a Sulphur, Ky. native and lived there for 14 years. She moved to Bedford at age 14 and has been there ever since.
"As a child, I enjoyed drawing, and my grandfather used to display my work at his general store," said Temple, 65.
Since than time, she has raised three children and now lives on Fairgrounds Road in Bedford.
In 1980, after her children were grown, she began taking art lessons through the Trimble County Cooperative Extension Service. She also enrolled in a correspondence course from the Art Instruction School in Minneapolis, Minn. The techniques she learned helped hone her pen-and-ink skills.
In the past few years, she has sketched several historic properties around the area, including the old high school in downtown Madison, Ind., and Trimble County’s own Deputy Sheriff Howard Long’s home (circa 1700) in Milton, Ky.
“Betty is an excellent and talented young woman," Long said.
In 1983, Temple attended several art shows in Kentucky and Indiana, where she has won many blue and purple ribbons. She won a first-place ribbon at the Ohio Valley Art Exhibits in Indiana. She has also shown some of her work at the Brown County Gallery in Nashville, Ind.
Temple also has displayed several of her prints at the Kentucky Art Department in Frankfort, where she received the Cultural Arts Award in 1983.
Her work was featured at the Sesquesentineal Celebration in Trimble County in 1986 and 1987.
She has also done many lovely oil paintings and portraits of people around the area, including a one of her grandchildren. She recently finished a portrait of her great-granddaughter.
She also has done a lot of artwork by commission. Her art pieces are currently displayed at the Farmhouse Restaurant, Trimble County Public Library, post office, Bedford Inn bed and breakfast and the Ransdell Funeral Home, all located in Bedford. The items at the Farmhouse Restaurant are painted on saw blades, and she has recently finished other works on saw blades for a local customer.
Libby Powell, librarian at the Trimble County Public Library in Bedford, said, “Betty is a wonderful person and I enjoy her work.”
Temple still sells prints of her work.

• To find out more about her work or if you would like for her to do a sketch of your home or a portrait, call her at (502) 255-3609.

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