on the Green
takes Best of Show honors
creates real-life scenes in oil
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (July 2010) Realist oil painter
and art instructor Angela Campbell loves simply being outside. From
nature she draws inspiration to provide a quality to her artwork that
makes one want to reach out and try to touch what appears to be a real-life
vision transferred to canvas.
Grange art instructor Angie
Campbell poses with her Best
of Show oil painting
titled, The Cove.
Even though she has tried lots of other mediums over the
years, oil painting is the one thing I really wanted to do,
said Campbell, 51. I like the way oil is very forgiving. You can
paint over it because it doesnt dry fast. You can try lots of
different techniques to achieve lots of different looks.
Her current subject matter tends to favor landscapes with water and
still life scenes. She is working on a series of water paintings, and
it was one of these that recently won Best of Show for the Arts on the
Green Fine Arts and Craft Show, held the first weekend of June in La
Judges were unanimous in their agreement that The Cove should
place first in Best of Show, said Marion Gibson, director for Arts on
the Green. The show is sponsored each year by the Arts Association of
Oldham County and this year featured more than 100 artists from as far
away as Wisconsin and Florida.
Ten categories were evaluated by five judges. After judging individual
categories, the judges got together to look at what might be merited
for Best of Show, said Gibson.
Campbells winning work will be featured on next years advertising
promotions for Arts on the Green.
We had a really interesting cross section of artwork this year,
Gibson said. And we had some fabulous work by new artists as well.
Angie has been a part of Gallery 104 for a long time, taught painting
classes and been very supportive in the local arts community.
Kathy Dowling, executive director of the Arts Association of Oldham
County and its Gallery 104, said, Many of the painters at Gallery
104 started painting by taking lessons with Angie long before our gallery
opened. She sparked such interest in these artists that they now each
have their own styles and repertories of work.
Campbell often exhibits her work at Gallery 104 on Main Street in La
Grange. Angie is one of the most experienced and exquisite painters
we have here at the gallery, said Dowling. She is one of
Oldham Countys best kept secrets.
Campbell, who grew up in Oldham County, opened the Campbell Studio in
1994 in La Grange. She recently moved from 300-R E Main to 103 N. Fifth
St. and offers four oil painting classes a week.
She opened the studio because she had taken several years off from teaching
and missed the interaction she had with other people. She had apprenticed
under late artist Mary Schrodt at the Schrodt Art Studio, and attended
the Louisville School of Art and Central Academy of Commercial Art in
Campbell has been painting in oils since 1981. The Cove
was painted from a picture she took last year at Dale Hollow Lake State
Resort Park in Kentucky. It depicts a calm, peaceful, very relaxing
place, she said.
Since its begging 11 years ago, Campbell has participated in all but
one Arts on the Green show. For artists, its a nice show
and well run, with quality work represented. Its nice to be able
to support the arts in La Grange and encouraging to see the work of
Its a lot of hard work to come and set up for the weekend,
said Gibson. I dont think artists get enough recognition
for what they do.
Arts on the Green is the only art fair in which Campbell participates.
She became a member of the Plein Air Painters of Kentucky in 2009. Plein
Air painting (or painting on location) is different from her usual oil
painting, but Campbell enjoys the challenge.
The group spent one day a week painting in Louisvilles Olmsted
park system, and their work has been on display at the Jane Morgan Studio
and Gallery at 4838 Brownsboro Rd. Campbell is always up for a challenge
with her own artwork and ready to encourage that of others.
For more information about Angie Campbells
work or classes, visit: www.AngelaCampbellArt
com or call (502) 222-1698.
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