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Oldham Fine Art Show

Arts Association of Oldham County
plans inaugural art show

Preview Party will give patrons
sneak peek at art offerings

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

BUCKNER, Ky. (November 2012) – Most people are fascinated when they see the 3-D effect of Janet Bailey Burch’s 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 artwork.
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 don’t 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.”

Janet Bailey Burch

Photo provided

Janet 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 run.”
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.”

Horse Art

Photo provided

Above is a sample
of Janet Bailey
Burch’s artwork.

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 for inclusion.
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 event.”
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 (502) 222-9358.

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