artist uses her talent
to illustrate historical homes
BEDFORD, Ky. (April 2000) Betty Johnson-Temple is a locally
well-known sketch artist who resides in Trimble County, Ky.
by Daphne Wotring
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 Countys own Deputy Sheriff Howard Longs
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
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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