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Gallery 104

Campbell Studio artists to show
their work at upcoming exhibit

Robinson is among artists to participate

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (February 2010) – When Judy Robinson met her husband in 1975, the first thing they did together was take an art class. Robinson has kept up with her painting off and on over the years and is part of a current exhibit at Gallery 104 in La Grange titled, “Let’s Keep Painting.”

Judy Robinson

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Judy Robinson is among the featured
artists this month at Gallery 104.

Even though she did not have any formal schooling in art other than a few night school classes, it is something she “always enjoyed,” said Robinson, 68. She has painted for 40 years, practicing the artform a lot in the 1980s.
She began taking art classes a few years ago at the Angie Campbell Art Studio in La Grange. Robinson has painted in water colors, but prefers oil painting because “it is easy to mix colors and you have more control,” she said.
Robinson, an avid quilter, works at The Gathering Room quilt shop in La Grange. Feeling she was becoming too one-dimensional in her quilting creations, she decided to try an oil painting class at the Angie Campbell Art Studio on the suggestion of another quilter.
“Angie has been a major help to me with the use of color,” she said. “I feel I’ve grown in my capabilities,” through her classes.
Oil painting for her is “very relaxing. I like the creative outlet,” it provides, said Robinson.
Born and raised in Utah, Robinson has lived in five different states and moved to Kentucky when her husband died. She is part of a group of Campbell Studio students who are displaying their artwork at Gallery 104 until March 12.
Campbell said she holds the student art exhibit to give everyone in her different classes “the opportunity to see what other students have done.” She chose to display the artwork at Gallery 104 for the second year in a row because “it is such a great space and nice gallery.” Displaying it there “keeps the artwork in the county.”
“Let’s Keep Painting” contains works by individuals who have never painted before and those who have an art background, said Campbell. Many retired people take her art classes which she said are a good outlet and source of therapy.
Robinson has already sold one oil painting from the exhibit and has one remaining entitled, “Dawson Ridge Road.” It depicts a home in Oldham County located on Dawson Ridge Road, not far from the Oldham-Henry County line.
She snapped a shot of the home and adjoining field with horses from the roadside, and spent 30 hours recreating the scene in oils. “I like painting homes,” Robinson said. She will paint on commission if asked to do so.
An opening reception was held for the student artists on Friday, Jan. 15, and “we had a very nice turnout,” said Gallery 104 Executive Director Karen Dowling.
“Most of the paintings are for sale at a preset Arts Association of Oldham County commission,” said Dowling.
However, “Some students prefer to display their work as not for sale. Angie Campbell and several of her students are Arts Association of Oldham County members and exhibiting Gallery 104 artists.”
Sandy Geer is another Angie Campbell student whose oil paintings are on display in “Let’s Keep Painting.” She has been painting for a long time, having taken various classes in the past through the Louisville Watercolor Association and an art school in Anchorage, Ky.
Although she was sidetracked for a time by raising four children, Geer has returned to something she loves to do.
She prefers oil painting because “it’s very forgiving. If you don’t like it, you can paint over it,” said Geer, 71.
Originally from Louisville, she moved to Oldham County when she married and has participated in Angie Campbell’s student art exhibit every year it has been held. “I’m always interested in seeing what others are doing,” said Geer in reference to the student art exhibit. “We have an interesting group of people.”
She has two paintings in the exhibit. “Palms” was painted from a picture taken in Pennsylvania, and “Jim” is an oil painting of her husband. Painted from a photograph that fascinated her, “Jim” is a portrait she painted because the lighting of the photograph interested her. Her husband’s face is illuminated from a torch flame, giving it a fiery glow.

• For more information on the exhibit, call Gallery 104 at (502) 222-3800 or visit: www.aaooc.org. Or call the Angie Campbell Art Studio at (502) 222-1698.

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