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Arts on the Green

Graphic designer Wade
among artists to showcase work

There will be 120 juried artists
at 12th annual artisan show

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (June 2011) – Artist Lee Wade likes the challenges that every new painting presents. This multi-talented illustrator and graphic designer sees art in everything around him.
“The piece I am working on motivates me,” said Wade, 52. Originally from Louisville, Wade now lives in Taylorsville, Ky.

Lee Wade

Wade

Wade will be one of 120 juried artists participating in the 12th annual Arts on the Green fine arts and craft show June 4-5 in La Grange. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. around the Oldham County Courthouse square. It will feature many new and returning artists exhibiting original handcrafted wood turned items, paintings, jewelry, pottery, fiber art, ceramics, photography, and sculptures. This event is sponsored by the Arts Association of Oldham County and Gallery 104.
Creating fine art has always been Wade’s passion, even when he was a young boy. He attended the Central Academy of Commercial Art, Mary Louise Schrodt-Schrodt Art Studios and earned bachelor’s and associate’s degrees from Western Kentucky University.
Since 1982, Wade has been illustrating in oil, gouache, pen and ink, and acrylic with brush and airbrush. He began his own company, Wade Illustration & Design Inc. in 1996 and has been fortunate to always pursue art as a career, he says. He specializes in medical, technical and editorial illustrations and marketing and sales support.
“I have always freelanced while working full time,” said Wade. “In 1995, I was put on retainer with Norton Leatherman Spine Clinic, and with the several clients I already had, it was enough to allow me to leave the agency I was at and work for myself full time.”
Over the years, Wade has worked on a variety of projects, showcasing his diversity as an artist. Since 1989, he has created more than 200 illustrations for the cover of the Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association.

Lee Wade art

Photos provided

Artist Lee Wade has always
had a passion for fine art.

Cash prizes will be awarded in nine categories and judged by four to five judges. “Depending on the judge’s artistic skills, that will be the basis on what categories they will judge,” said Arts on the Green Director Mary Klausing. Klausing is taking over as the new director while the previous director, Marion Gibson, transitions out.
“Half of the artists are new artists to the show,” said Klausing, with many traveling from as far away as North Carolina, Wisconsin and Florida. Food vendors will be set up and one new vendor will provide a train ride through town for adults and children.
A raffle is also planned, with artists donating artwork for a basket. The grand prize is valued at up to $250, with the second valued at $100 and the third at $50.
In addition to participating in Arts on the Green, Wade is also the June Artist of the Month at Gallery 104.
“He is one of our most talented and experienced artists,” said Kathy Dowling, executive director of the Arts Association of Oldham County and Gallery 104. “His recent owl and hummingbird paintings have been favorites here and at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.”
He participated in the Hummingbird Festival at Yew Dell, setting up his easel by the entrance and working on a painting during the event. “Everyone loved watching him paint,” said Karla Drover, the assistant director of Yew Dell Gardens.
Wade’s artwork fits in nicely with the atmosphere of Yew Dells’ gift shop, which sells garden and nature related items.

• For more information about Arts on the Green, contact the Arts Association of Oldham County at (502) 222-3822 or visit: www.aaooc.org.

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