in the Dell
gardens to feature
work of international artist
also to display their talent
Helen E. McKinney
CRESTWOOD, Ky. Although artist Anne Peabody
resides in Brooklyn, N.Y., her roots will always be firmly planted in
Kentucky soil. This Louisville native has attained international recognition
as a sculpture that puts her heart and soul in to her work.
I get really attached to each piece as I am making it, said
Peabody. All of my work is extremely labor intensive and each
piece sort of has to be my favorite as I make it in order for me to
want to put in the hours.
Peabody (right) has
based some of her
work on Theodore
Peabody uses a variety of materials in her artwork. She
has been featured locally in collections at the University of Kentucky
Art Museum and last year at Louisvilles 21c Museum where she was
commissioned to create a work titled Wheel of Fortune. This
popular piece, made of glass swirled together to form a funnel cloud,
was inspired from her memory of the tornado that struck the state on
April 3, 1974.
Peabody is one of more than 20 artists with work showcased in Yew Dell
Botanical Gardens fourth annual Garden Sculpture Show exhibit,
which runs until July 31. Having exhibited her work internationally,
Peabody is an asset to this show.
She is a world renowned artist, said Siofra Rucker, Director
of Marketing and Development for Yew Dell Gardens. Her work in the exhibit
was created based on Theodore Kleins research.
Klein was a local horticulturalist and the original owner of what is
now Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.
I researched Theodore Kleins work fairly extensively before
making these pieces, said Peabody. Mr. Klein found many
of the plants that he later introduced, out in the open. All of my pieces
in this show are about keen observation and looking beyond the ordinary
to see something extraordinary.
More than 40 sculptural pieces are included in this exhibit, some made
by local artists. Several are sight-inspired, such as the work of Erin
McIntyre and Todd Smith, said Rucker.
Also included are bronze works by Louisvillian Bob Lockhart, who has
worked in sculpture for 47 years; works by students from Oldham County
High School, North Oldham High School and South Oldham High School;
and metal and glass pieces from Bryan Holden.
Peabody has three silvered glass works included that appear to be gazing
balls on first sight. She used glass globes that were hand blown by
Che Rhodes and ground down by his students at the University of Louisville
and herself, said Peabody. She also incorporated steel, copper, silver
nitrate, paint and muratic acid.
Each piece on display is for sale, said Rucker. Prices range from a
couple hundred dollars to $25,000.
This exhibit benefits the participating artists tremendously. The
exhibit began because a member wanted to donate a piece of sculptural
art to Yew Dell, Rucker said. Its hard for an artist
to create a sculpture and imagine where it will ultimately be placed.
This show connects the garden and the artists, and provides attendees
the opportunity to see the artwork in a natural setting.
For more information Garden Sculpture Show,
call (502) 241-4788 or visit: www.YewDellGardens.org.
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