For a Good Cause

Artwork donated to benefit
new Trimble Co. Public Library

Temple's pen-and-ink drawings
among works to be bid on in October

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

BEDFORD, Ky. (October 2010) – At age 73, Betty Johnson Temple enjoys her pen-and-ink drawings. She can envision on paper what a lot of other people take for granted.
Temple specializes in historical drawings. As a versatile artist, she also gets a lot of requests to paint in acrylics on crosscut saws.
In the late 1970s, Temple attended the Minneapolis School of Art. “I excelled in pen-and-ink,” she said.

Betty Johnson Temple

Photo provided

Betty Johnson Temple made her
first pen-and-ink drawing soon
after the old high school was
torn down in Bedford.

Temple has taken various classes with the Trimble County Art Club, and with various local instructors. She was asked to join the Trimble County Arts Association.
She will be among a group of artists who are donating their time and talent to help fund a new Trimble County Public Library that is under construction. In an effort to draw attention to the project, many artists have donated works that will hang at the current library throughout the month of October. Bids will be taken on the work and sold to the highest bidder from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, during a reception for the exhibited works.
A public reception is planned for 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at the library. A string ensemble, Barefoot Best Friends, will perform. Refreshments will be provided by the Trimble County Arts Council and the winning bids will be announced.
“Local and area artists have donated artwork and, in turn, the money will be donated to the construction of the Trimble County Public Library,” said Vickie Eldridge, owner of Trimble County’s Apple Tree Studio.
About 18 artists are participating and the variety of medium includes paintings, wood turned bowls, woven pieces, pine-needle gourd baskets and pottery. It was the idea of the Trimble County Arts Festival to help in raising money for the new building.
Temple’s first attempt at pen-and-ink drawing came after the old school house was torn down in Bedford. She had taken a picture previous to the schools’ demolition and used it to construct a pen and ink drawing.
“Not a lot of people do pen-and-ink drawings,” said Temple, who was born in Sulphur, Ky. The one thing she wished she had done was write down the stories people had told her about the buildings she drew.
Temple has many requests to draw churches that church members often buy or give as gifts, she said. She creates pen-and-ink note cards from the sketches she makes as well.
Recently, Temple has received several commissions from clients to draw houses. She said of her drawings, “People seem to enjoy them.” One of the most challenging drawings she ever made was of the Andrew Furniture Store in Madison, Ind.
Temple’s donated piece is of the Equity Barn, which was torn down to make room for the new library. At the suggestion of Eldridge, she painted a scene on an actual piece of wood from the original barn.
Library Director Kathy McKown said the library has “benefited from Trimble County area artists in many ways throughout the years. They have generously given artwork to decorate the library. We have also enjoyed a variety of amazing art pieces through the monthly art exhibits on display in the library’s meeting room.” Once the library is completed, the work of local artists will continue to be exhibited each month.
The Kentucky State Fair got us going on this idea, said Eldridge. The staff manning the fair booth asked for artwork, and then Eldridge suggested hanging the artwork at the library to “use as a way to make the public aware that we are selling artwork for the building of the new library.”
The new library will contain 10,000 square feet and be built south of Bedford on Hwy. 42. New spaces will include a teen area, study room, reading room, children’s area, outdoor reading garden, fenced activity area outside of the children’s room and a meeting room.
Ground was broken on Friday, Sept. 10, for the library and work began the following Tuesday, Sept. 14, said McKown. “We would like to see it built within a year.”
McKown said these “tremendously talented artists are generously supporting the new library building project by donating their artwork towards the building fund. We are all grateful for their assistance in this exciting, yet challenging time.”

• For more information, contact the Trimble County Public Library at (502) 255-7362.

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