Oldham Fine Art Show
Association of Oldham County
plans inaugural art show
Party will give patrons
sneak peek at art offerings
Helen E. McKinney
BUCKNER, Ky. (November 2012) Most people are
fascinated when they see the 3-D effect of Janet Bailey Burchs
artwork for the first time. They are intrigued with her process of constructing
wood layers and the carving details she adds for flair to complete her
She said the process of creating her art is not common.
For this reason, the outcome is appealing to those who prefer a different
spin on equine art.
Many artists do portraits of pets, but I dont know of anyone
else who uses my techniques to bring the animals to life, said
Burch, originally from New Jersey. She is a juried member and past president
of the Louisville Artisans Guild and a juried member of the Kentucky
Crafted Marketing Program.
My painted wood relief sculptures have evolved over the years
from colorful and stylized to more realistic, she said. I
specialize in both equine and canine subjects with a few felines thrown
in for good measure.
Bailey Burch is known
for her 3-D equine artwork.
Burch will be among several artists taking part in the
inaugural Oldham Fine Art Show at Quality Place, set for 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4, at the YMCA Indoor Arena at 20
Qualify Place in Buckner, Ky. A preview party is also planned for 6
p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. The evening will include art previews, meal, silent
and live auctions, live music and libations for a price of $80.
A good cross section of medium will be represented at this show,
said event chair Marion Gibson, a member of the Arts Association of
Oldham County that is organizing this show. The group that is partnering
with the Oldham County YMCA to host this event.
Artwork for this free art show will include glass, metal, fiber, wood
and paintings. The quality of the artwork is very high because this
is a juried art show, Gibson said. You will not see this kind
of work anywhere else.
Burch was educated at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. She has
worked in the horse industry as a trainer, coach and judge for nearly
30 years. She had ample experience studying the equines she likes to
portray in 3-D form.
As a partner of Gallery Janjobe in the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment
Center in Louisville, Burch always has a good collection of her artwork
displayed there year-round. Because of her limited show schedule, she
only participates annually in Kentucky Crafted: The Market and the St.
James Court Art Show.
But this year she was presented with another opportunity that she could
not pass up.
Burch said that when this art show popped up, I was intrigued
by the location and the timing.
Because she taught Water Aerobics at the YMCA and lived nearby, Burch
said it was only natural for her to participate in this show. Since
the Arts Association of Oldham County takes good care of their artists
at the Arts on the Green show in June, I knew this show would be well
For the last 11 years, the YMCA has held a golf scramble fundraiser
but decided to try something different this year, officials said. We
have a member who is involved in the arts association and the YMCA,
and she had been suggesting we do something together for a while,
said Peggy Kilgore, executive director of the YMCA in Buckner. The
two groups got together and this is what we came up with.
is a sample
of Janet Bailey
Kilgore said the previous golf scrambles had been successful,
but in recent years so many organizations had been hosting scrambles
that it was becoming difficult to get golfers. This is a fundraiser
for both organizations. The YMCA hopes to raise about $10,000 to support
our financial assistance program, she said.
Not only is the YMCA providing the venue for the event at their indoor
arena located on Exit 17 of I-71, but the YMCA is co-hosting the Preview
Party. The party is an opportunity to be the first to visit the
artists booths without the crowds and have first opportunity to
purchase art, said Kilgore.
There will be live jazz music performed by Oldham County high school
students. In addition, several quilts made by a local group, Log Cabin
Quilters, will be available. The quilts were made from drawings by children
who attended summer day camp at the YMCA.
There are a lot of craft shows and church bazaars out there this
time of year, said Gibson. What sets this one apart is the fact
that it is a juried show. Anyone who has quality artwork will be considered
Awards will be presented at 8 p.m. during the Preview Party. Awards
will be given for first, second and third place in nine divisions. Any
artist placing in one of these spots will receive free booth space next
year. A cash award of $350 will be awarded to Best of Show.
Gibson said she hopes to fill 50 to 55 booths. Space will be offered
to any surrounding non-profit art groups as well.
The most important thing that we have this year is good quality
artists, Gibson said. We want to build it into an annual
Kilgore said the art show will be a great way to support organizations,
local artists and purchase some great gifts.
For more information on the show, call
Marion Gibson at (502) 225-5961 or (502) 338-4391 or Peggy Kilgore at
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