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Louisville Arts at the Summit

Couch has the touch for oil painting

She will join nearly 150 other
artists in fifth annual art show

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 2012) – Pamela Couch’s whole life has centered around art. Her world is brightly colored with the images she chooses to paint upon canvas, using brilliant hues to make them stand out on their own.
After teaching art for 29 years at North Harrison Middle School in Sellersburg, Ind., Couch has retired to devote most of her time to her passion, painting. “I’m constantly learning and seeking out different ways I want to express my work to viewers,” said Couch.

Pamela Couch

Photos provided

Sellersburg, Ind.s’ Pamela
Couch (above) was an
art teacher for 29 years.

Couch Painting

Couch will be one of many artists participating in the fifth annual Louisville Festival of the Arts at the Summit, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9-10. This free juried outdoor art festival held at The Summit in Louisville, showcases 150 artists and crafters from 30 states.
Born in Louisville, Couch has lived most of her life in Sellersburg, Ind. She actually started her career as a fashion illustrator at age 18.
Couch went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Indiana University Southeast. She studied at the Louisville School of Art, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and mentored under nationally renowned artists.
In addition to her career as a middle school art teacher, Couch has taught watercolor classes and given private lessons in drawing and watercolor. “I do a lot of reading about what other artists do and how they look at things,” said Couch.
In her own artwork, she now focuses mainly on oil painting. In her work the “colors are bright. I use a lot of transparent oils and build layers. It gives my work a brighter look and more depth.” These aspects of her oil painting carry over from her background in watercolor.
“I pick subjects according to what interests me at the time,” Couch said. She often paints from photographs she has taken of something that has caught the attention of her artists’ eye.
Living in the country has caused her to take note of the “emphasis light has on a subject. I have painted a lot of water reflections. My main focus is on bringing out the light,” in her artwork, she said.
The Arts at the Summit show will feature artistic media such as paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry and mixed media. Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and presents arts and craft shows such as this one throughout the country.
“I do a lot of Howard Alan shows from Miami to Chicago,” said artist Fred Weisener of Maysville, Ky. Like many artists, Weisener has a circuit he travels and he has been able to include this show for the first time in his circuit this year.
Weisener is a native of Houston who was raised in Arkansas, attended graduate school in New York, moved to North Carolina, Pennsylvania and eventually settled in Kentucky. He works in clay sculpture and his pieces can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville and the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, Ky.
“Most of my undergraduate work was done in Fine Arts. I’ve been classically trained in the arts.” Weisener said he switched from painting to creating clay sculptures because of the immediacy clay affords him artistically.
Weisener has worked in the arts for more than 40 years, beginning his career professionally in 1971. He described his work as taking an “Art Deco approach” to clay. He creates slab-rolled, one-of-a-kind figures that are “fashion statements of the Art Deco period from 1915 to 1920.”
He likes the “beautiful, clear, pure lines with the patterns present during this period,” he said. “My glazes are colors used by Vogue magazine in the 1920s.”
Weisener’s grandfather was a fashion illustrator for The Delineator magazine in the late 1800s.
“I looked at his work and thought maybe I could do fashion in clay.” The result is a unique spin on the art deco fashion world. His work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections in North and South America, Europe, Saudi Arabia and Japan. “My work speaks for itself,” said Weisener.

• For more information, visit: www.ArtFestival.com, email info@artfestival.com or call (561) 746-6615. The Summit is located at 9401 Brownsboro Rd., Louisville, at Exit 34 off the Gene Snyder Freeway.

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