Welty to join others
in Trimble County art show
Helen E. McKinney
BEDFORD, Ky. (October 2012) When sitting down
to create a drawing, pen-and-ink artist Robin Welty immediately knows
what her subject matter will be even if she doesnt know what her
completed composition will look like. She prefers to use animals to
convey her artistic side.
I connect with them, said Welty, 44 of Bedford. She mainly
works in graphite pencils or colored pencils to produce her animal inspired
Welty attended Morehead State University and majored in graphic design.
It was during this time that I initially got into using colored
pencils, she said. Before this, I had drawn all my life.
ink drawing is
Her older sister, Rhonda Hemmer, had gotten Welty interested
in art as a hobby and eventually a career choice. Eleven years older
than Welty, Hemmer was the first to take an art class in high school.
Welty looked up to her big sister and her interest in pursuing art was
piqued after this.
Although Welty has since decided a career in graphic design wasnt
for her, she still continues to apply her art skills consistently. She
is now employed in operations by Bedford Loan and Deposit Bank, but
always carries a portfolio with her and accepts commissioned work.
Welty is one of several artists who have entered this years Judith
Shields Memorial Art Exhibition. The exhibit will be on display through
October at the Trimble County Public Library in Bedford. An Artists
Reception will be held on from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at
the library. This event is open to the public so they can meet the local
artists, said Lynn Horine, president of the Trimble County Arts Guild.
Light refreshments will be served.
Using graphite pencils is something I just picked up along the
way, said Welty. She has tried her hand at acrylics, oils and
watercolors but is not as comfortable with these mediums.
Working in pencil and pen-and-ink is perfect for Welty because they
are versatile, theres less mess and no cleanup. Its very
convenient. She has the added option to stop working in the middle
of a scene and pick it up again easily where she left off, later in
She has gained a bit of local notoriety for her chalk drawings which
she does for special church services at her church, Milton Wesleyan.
I saw an older lady at church do it. She was my friends
grandmother, Welty said.
Welty found some fluorescent chalk and tried her own hand at chalk drawing.
She draws to music, and when the last song plays and the lights are
turned out, a black light is turned on her work to view it.
Mostly working from her home in Trimble County, she does sometimes drop
by the Appletree Studio in Bedford to draw while an art class is going
on to be in the atmosphere, said Welty. It is a place where
I can get inspired.
Approximately 20 entries were received for this art show, Horine said.
Entries were taken in all forms of 2D and 3D media on Sept. 19-24, and
artists could submit more than one piece of work she said.
Two top awards will be presented: The Judith Pratt Shields Award and
the Robert Tribble Award. Even though Horine could not release the judges
name that would be choosing which artwork would receive these awards
she did comment that it, would be someone outside of the community.
The judge is very well qualified in the arts field.
The exhibition has been held at the library for the last several years,
said librarian Betsy Tweedy. Shields was a Trimble County Arts Guild
member and artist herself, she said.
Were very thankful that the guild is a part of our changing
art exhibit, said Tweedy. There is a variety of local artwork
scattered throughout the library for visitors to view. This is also
a great chance to see the new library, she said.
This year, there are a lot of different artists participating
in the exhibition, Tweedy said. The quality and range is
amazing. Visitors can view pieces that are representative of self-portraits,
and in some pieces life changing situations are featured in the artwork.
Welty has two works entered in the exhibition. The first is a colored
pencil drawing titled, The Art Critic. It depicts one of
her cats posed on a bookshelf atop art books.
The second piece is a graphite pencil drawing of her sister who has
now been deceased for 14 years. The picture titled, A Mothers
Love, portrays Hemmer with her youngest child.
The exhibition contains very interesting artwork, Tweedy said.
Every piece has a story with it. She would like visitors
to attend the reception to meet the artists and hear their stories first
For more information, contact the Trimble
County Public Library at (502) 255-7362.
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