Art Studio Student Show
among Campbell Studio exhibitors
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (September 2004) Denise James
took an art class at the Campbell Art Studio in La Grange to broaden
her concept of the basics of art. What she took home from the experience
was a deeper appreciation for art and a sense of belonging.
by Helen E. McKinney
James poses with an oil
painting of a flower; below is another
piece she did of the Red River Gorge.
Students in Angie Campbells art classes forge friendships
and remain a close-knit group, many taking additional classes under
Campbells tutelage. James said the classes contain a wide variety
of students, many of whom participate in the annual Campbell Studio
Student Art Show. The show is in its eighth year, and works are displayed
on the second floor of the Oldham County History Centers Peyton
Samuel Head Family Museum, 106 N. Second Ave.
James oil paintings will be among the artwork on exhibit from
Sept. 9 to Oct. 9. An opening reception will be held at the History
Center from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 11. History Center executive director
Nancy Theiss said she has planned A Taste of La Grange for
the evening. Theiss said that attendees can purchase a ticket for $20
and enjoy an appetizer or salad at Red Pepper Deli or Hot Dog Heaven,
an entrée at Uncle Joes, the Garden Party or Irish Rover,
and dessert at Trackside, Karens Book Barn or Simple Pleasures.
James became interested in painting when she decided to create a backdrop
for her model train display. I wanted to mix colors for a backdrop
but didnt know how, she said. James said the inexpensive classes
provided three hours a week of downtime for her.
While she doesnt paint at home, James finds the art classes to
be relaxing and therapeutic. Different students are often involved with
different artistic clubs, and expand their talents and knowledge in
taking additional classes in different mediums. James said she and class
members recently participated in a pencil class in Rising Sun, Ind.
although she primarily works in oil on canvas.
Oil is very forgiving, said James. That is why she prefers
it to other mediums. If you make a mistake, you can cover it up.
The Student Art Show is a lot of fun, said James. Its fun
to see what the other students have done.
Campbell said the show is rewarding for her students and is a way to
give them a pat on the back for their accomplishments. She
said it also helps the public to know about the group and spreads the
word that wonderful artwork is being created locally.
The History Center was chosen to hang the artwork because of its proximity
to the Campbell Art Studio, housed in a 120-year-old building on East
Main Street in La Grange. Campbell said the History Center provides
a wonderful gallery in the heart of La Grange.
by Helen E. McKinney
River Gorge painting
by Denise James.
The exhibit should average 20 artists who are limited
to entering two artworks in two different categories: original and copy.
Ribbons are awarded for first through third place in each category,
and a local artist will choose the winning artwork.
James was awarded a third place ribbon in last years original
category for her painting of a landscape scene from the Red River Gorge.
James said she knew she had succeeded in transferring this image onto
canvas when a friend immediately recognized her painting as an actual
scene from the Red River Gorge.
James said that Campbell is a phenomenal artist herself and encourages
her students to paint what they see. Many of the students
began taking classes with Campbell a decade ago when she opened her
Many have never picked up a brush before coming to her classes,
said Campbell. She instructs them in the basics of painting, how to
mix colors and apply the paint to canvas.
Her students accolades are not confined to the county. Six were
entered in last years Kentucky State Fair, with four of them earning
blue ribbons. Three of her students had booths at this years Arts
on the Green art show in La Grange.
Reception tickets can be purchased at the History Center
in advance for $20 by calling (502) 222-0826, or call Campbell at her
studio for more information at (502) 222-1698.
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