promotes events for 2009
resident Amy Welborn
has seen her career as an artist take off
by Don Ward
the crowd during the
Nov. 19 reception at
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 Junes Arts on the Green art show in La Grange. It was
Welborns first-ever art show. Her winning painting hangs in the
gallery and will be featured in next years post cards for the
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 wifes
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 Louisvilles Artemesia Art Gallery, 620 E. Market
St. She will join two other artists in the show.
Im 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.
by Don Ward
Amy Welborn poses
with the painting
that earned her Best
of Show at last Junes
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 years Arts on the Green, taking over for former chairwoman
Judy Wegenast. Several new categories are being developed for next years
Gibson also announced that childrens 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
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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