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Sculpture in the Dell

Botanical gardens to feature
work of international artist

Several students
also to display their talent

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

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.”

Anne Peabody

Photo provided

Sculptor Anne
Peabody (right) has
based some of her
work on Theodore
Klein’s research.

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 Louisville’s 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 Garden’s 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 Klein’s research.”
Klein was a local horticulturalist and the original owner of what is now Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.
“I researched Theodore Klein’s 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. “It’s 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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