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For art's sake

Arts Association reception
promotes events for 2009

Crestwood resident Amy Welborn
has seen her career as an artist take off

By Don Ward
Editor

Marion Gibson

Photo by Don Ward

Marion Gibson addresses
the crowd during the
Nov. 19 reception at
Gallery 104.

Even in tough economic times, art remains a popular option for those seeking unique holiday gifts. At least, that is the hope for those artists taking part in a Nov. 19 holiday reception at Gallery 104 in La Grange, Ky.
The reception was planned by the Arts Association of Oldham County, which operates the non-profit gallery and gift shop at 104 E. Main St. Many artists attended the reception and were introduced by association president Marion Gibson.
Among them was Crestwood artist Amy Welborn, 40, who won Best of Show at last June’s Arts on the Green art show in La Grange. It was Welborn’s first-ever art show. Her winning painting hangs in the gallery and will be featured in next year’s post cards for the art show.
Welborn earned an engineering degree at Purdue University but after taking time off from work to have her children, she decided to pursue her passion for art instead of return to work. The self-trained oil artist rents space at Mudpies art studio in Middletown and also paints at home. She has nine pieces of art on display at the gallery. Her husband, Patrick, is also a Purdue engineer who is supportive of his wife’s newfound career.
“Many of my subjects are landscapes,” she says. “I guess that comes from growing up next door to a farm (in Floyd Knobs, Ind.).”
Her talent has also earned Welborn an invitation to exhibit her work in February at Louisville’s Artemesia Art Gallery, 620 E. Market St. She will join two other artists in the show.
“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to show my work in Louisville,” she said.
Meanwhile, Gibson used the opportunity to announce recent activities of the association in preparation for 2009.

Amy Welborn

Photo by Don Ward

Crestwood, Ky., artist
Amy Welborn poses
with the painting
that earned her Best
of Show at last June’s
Arts on the Green
art show in
downtown La Grange.

She said the 10-year-old organization continues to pursue its mission of “bringing the arts to Oldham County.” She reminded the group that art remains an important part of life, especially during tough economic times.
“History tells us that during times of struggle, those in the arts world have always been known to produce some brilliant work. Art becomes a bright spot in a tough world,” she said. “So it is important to keep the arts going in 2009.”
Gibson announced that co-chairs Mary Klausing and Sandra Graves would head up next year’s Arts on the Green, taking over for former chairwoman Judy Wegenast. Several new categories are being developed for next year’s show.
Gibson also announced that children’s art would be printed as Christmas cards and sold throughout the holidays for $10 per bundle.
Gallery 104 opened 1 1/2 years ago and has become an upscale art gift shop and exhibit hall for local talent. Gibson said, “We think La Grange is up and coming, and now we can do something to support the town.”
Gibson said that the association gives more in scholarship money to Oldham County students than any other organization in the county. The association provides $1,500 in scholarships to area seniors. Donna Miller heads the scholarship committee.

• For more information on Gallery 104, call (502) 222-3822 or visit: www.artsassociationofoldhamcounty.org.

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