of the Month
Granges Ludke puts
her personality into her artwork
Missouri native paints in oils, acrylics
Helen E. McKinney
(October 2010) Whether its a large painting
La Grange, Ky., artist Pam Ludke knows how to express herself completely
through her work. Often relying on bright colors, her artwork has an
upbeat, good feeling to it.
She feels that with the gift I was given, I really need to use
Originally from Joplin, Mo., Ludke paints primarily in oils and acrylics.
My painting is about as eclectic as a painter could be,
she said. I have lots of interests; I dont want to miss
out on anything.
Ludke, 53, took art classes at The Campbell Studio in
La Grange eight years ago and continues to do so. She has always been
interested in crafts, woodcarving and painting on things, she said.
Angie Campbell, who runs the studio, realized I could put these
ideas onto a canvas.
Since learning to paint under Campbells tutilege, Ludke has participated
in as many art shows as she can. She won a Merit Award in the Louisville
Womens Club Art Show and a First Place and Best of Show Award
in the Mazin Annual Exhibition. She has also exhibited her work at the
Mellwood Arts Center Equine Show, the Kentucky State Fair, Arts on the
Green, the Campbell Studio Annual Student Show and Gallery 104 in La
Ludke is the featured Artist of the Month for October at Gallery 104.
She said she is dedicated to the efforts of the Arts Association of
Oldham County, of which she is presently secretary and Finance Committee
I was on the initial board when it began, said Ludke. After
realizing that everything was in Louisville, theres not
a lot of places to go to enjoy art in Oldham County, she got on
board with the association. She made it her mission to bring the arts
out of the county and showcase local talent through the association.
Arts bring the community together, she said. It shows
who we are.
The first thing that I notice about Pams artwork is that
each time she displayed a new painting or piece it was very different
from the last one, said Kathy Dowling, the associations
Ludkes paintings range from photorealistic
such as her Julep Cup and Girl on the Beach
to fun, whimsical and abstract which shows in her mini animal paintings
and folk art sculptures, Dowling said. We can hardly keep
enough of her mini-cat paintings on the shelf since they have so much
personality and are top sellers at Gallery 104.
Ludke prefers to paint with oils because the colors can be blended and
layered, and forms on the canvas appear to be soft. With acrylics, the
work appears a little more stagnant, without the same soft quality,
I dont like to waste anything, said Ludke. Instead
of discarding the ends of her canvases, she turns them into cone-shape
creations resembling human figures such as Santas, wizards and angels.
This artwork has a different kind of character to it, she
Ludke has on display quite a bit of her work at S. Bayly Boutique, located
at 107 S. Bayle Ave., just off of Frankfort Avenue in Louisville. She
is inspired by what I see in nature and the smiles on my friends
But Ludke didnt start out in the arts. I started out as
a trained musician, in both violin and voice, she said.
She performs with a competitive womens barber shop quartet, the
Sweet Adelines, and to her this is still art. She
has been a member of the Derby City Chorus and sat on its Board of Directors
from 2006-2007 and 2009-2010. She sings baritone and tenor with the
Ludke lives on a small farm off of Old Moody Lane in La Grange where
she raises horses, peacocks and cats. She has traveled all over but
landed in Oldham County because of her husbands job.
For more information about the Arts Association
of Oldham County or Gallery 104, contact Kathy Dowling at (502) 222-3823.
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