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Area art show

Shelbyville art exhibit features
five artists from five counties

Beatty is one of five local artists
in Shelbyville art show

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (May 2008) – Five artists from the local area have been chosen to participate in an art exhibition put together by Shelby County artist John Clayton. He has chosen what he considers to be “the best painters from the region” to display and sell their work for an evening of fine art.

Malissa beatty painting of Bill Monroe

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This oil painting by
Malissa Beatty depicts Kentuckian Bill Monroe,
“The Father of Bluegrass.”

Malissa Beatty, a resident of Henry County for the past 34 years, will have up to 12 paintings on display. Beatty is currently president of the Henry County Arts and Craft Guild.
“My area of art is painting living creatures, mostly portraits of people and animals because I love how you can see their soul through their eyes,” said Beatty of her work. She is primarily a portrait painter, but since this type of painting is hard to sell at art shows, Beatty said she will have a variety of her animal paintings for sale.
“Kindred Spirits of Kentucky” will be on display from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 23-24 at the Shelby County Community Theatre, 801 W. Main St., in Shelbyville. Local musicians will provide a piano backdrop and wine and cheese will be served, said Clayton.
In her role as a portrait painter, Beatty has painted many prominent individuals, including Bill Monroe, better known as “The Father of Bluegrass.” The portrait hangs over the mantle in his Homestead Museum in Western Kentucky near Rosine, where he was from.
Another portrait by Beatty of a famous Kentuckian was of Ralph Cotton, a best-selling Western writer. “Cotton liked his portrait so well he used it in the back of his next 10 books,” said Beatty.
As a result of this experience, Beatty was contacted by publisher Jim Baen of Baen Books to paint science fiction writer David Weber. Baen intended to use the portrait as a publicity shot for Weber, then he gave the original painting to Weber as a Christmas gift.
Beatty is also a mural artist, having painted two large murals 11x20 feet long that hang in the La Grange Presbyterian Church. A 4x6 foot painting of the Henry County Court House hangs in the lobby of the court house in New Castle.
Oldham County artist Daniel De Young is a representational landscape painter. Preferring to work en plein air, his subjects often consist of locals near his home, the American West and the Canadian maritime.
The vivid colors of his work reflect the pure joy and renaissance that he experiences when alone in the wild. De Young travels extensively, remaining on location several days at a time to finish his creations.
De Young began painting full time in 2005. He won First Place in the Kentucky State Fair for Representational Painting and Third Place for Miniature Painting. In addition to providing private painting instruction, he is an art instructor with “Young Rembrandts,” teaching elementary drawing programs in Louisville and Oldham County.
Sallie Clay Lanham is an accomplished painter and teacher representing Franklin County, Ky. Lanham’s work has been exhibited in many juried shows, such as the Kentucky Watercolor Society’s “Totally Transparent” and the Kentucky Arts Council’s “Kentucky Visions.”
Lanham is the recipient of a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, sponsored by the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She was selected as a Kentucky Arts Council Roster Artist and Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce Artist of the Year 2008.
Jefferson County, Ky., artist Lou Ann Iler has taught painting in the Louisville area since 1983. Iler has taught for the Louisville Visual Arts Association, Preston Art Center and her home studio in Clifton.
A proficient painter, Iler’s works are on display at Alston and Bird, Bank One, Baptist Hospital, Farmington, Frazier Rehab Center, Humana Inc., Louisville Free Public Library, Phillip Morris, Stephens College and the Home of the Innocents.
Shelby County artist and exhibition organizer John Clayton is a former high school teacher who has taught art classes for adults and children. Clayton belongs to several art organizations, including the Shelby Artists on Main. He is a former president of the Kentucky-Indiana Pastel Society.
Originally from Princeton, Ky., Clayton studied art at the University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University and the Chicago Art Institute. His many awards include 2008 Best of Show at the Woman’s Club of Louisville, First Place Award in the 2004 Kentucky-Indiana Pastel Society Show, and First Place Purchase Award in the 2003 Mammoth Cave National Park Regional contest.

• For more information about the exhibition, contact John Clayton at (502) 241-7474.

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