art exhibit features
five artists from five counties
is one of five local artists
in Shelbyville art show
Helen E. McKinney
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.
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. Lanhams work has been exhibited in many juried
shows, such as the Kentucky Watercolor Societys Totally
Transparent and the Kentucky Arts Councils Kentucky
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, Ilers 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 Womans 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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