Animal Behavior

Artist Welty to join others
in Trimble County art show

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

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 doesn’t 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 works.
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.”

Robin Welty's Wildcat

Photo provided

Robin Welty’s
“Wildcat” pen-and-
ink drawing is
pictured above.

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 wasn’t 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 year’s 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, there’s less mess and no cleanup. It’s 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 the day.
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 friend’s 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.
“We’re 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 Mother’s 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 hand.

• For more information, contact the Trimble County Public Library at (502) 255-7362.

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