Metal Makers

Kellersbergers are Gallery 104’s
‘Artists of the Month’

Husband-wife team create
many unique items from metal

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (February 2013) – Husband and wife artistic team, Scot and Laura Kellersberger, share a love for the medium of metal. Their work is functional enough to stand the test of time and decorative enough to grace any room of the house.

Scot and Laura Kellersberger

Photo provided

Scot and Laura Kellersberger bring
their metal work to the La Grange,
Ky., gallery for the month of February.

They meld together ideas to create artwork that is unique and stylish. “Laura and I both create the art,” said Scot. “She has more of an abstract flare, and my work tends to be more functional. Together we create some really nice pieces.”
The Kellersbergers will be the February featured Artists of the Month at Gallery 104 in La Grange. They are both members of the Arts Association of Oldham County.
Scot, 53, has worked with metal for quite some time. He has a background as an Federal Aviation Administration Aircraft Mechanic.
Becoming an artist was “probably the farthest thing from my mind while growing up,” he said. Scot majored in Anthropology, then Professional Aero-nautics in college. He also flew helicopters in the U.S. Army.
“My work tends to be re-creations of life around me. Whether it is equine, a piece of furniture with a train in it, or other wildlife, it is generally something I see.” The couple live on a farm in Salvisa, Ky.
In addition to creating art with her husband, Laura produces artwork on her own. She works in pencil and various mediums. “I don’t really have just one thing that I do,” said Laura, 44.
But when working with metal, “I get his opinion and help on how to help make my work come together.”
Both have a hand in designing the artwork they create. “We both beat out the pieces, we both weld, and we both finish the piece.”
Laura’s talent began as a hobby. “I grew up in a family that all had artistic talents, though none of us studied it as a profession.”
When it comes to finding inspiration for their work Scot said, “Sometimes I see something around the farm – a heron, horses, etc. – and an idea will pop into my head. Sometimes I consciously strive to make a specific piece, but mostly something I see will trigger the idea.”
For Laura, “I just see something or think of an idea and then I see if I can make it out of metal. My art is just me…taking a flat piece of really nothing and allowing myself to cut, bend and shape it until I’m inspired by it.”
“(Arts Association members) Sandra Graves and Marion Gibson saw our work in the very first Kentucky Crafted Market we did in 2008,” said Scot. “They invited us to Arts on the Green, then into Gallery 104, and we’ve been there ever since.”
He said they have a lot of friends who live in Oldham County, most of whom they met through Gallery 104 and Kentucky Crafted. Laura is also a member of the Arts Council of Mercer County and Nomadic Ink.
Gibson said she was attracted to “their finishes and numerous horse images. They had been our only metal artists in Gallery 104 for quite a while. We currently have two in Gallery 104.”
The quality that makes their work unique is that “they are able to create very accurate, detailed images,” said Gibson. “The bench in front of Gallery 104 with the AAOOC logo is a perfect example. From that bench, they sold a number of benches to the City of La Grange.”
The Kellersbergers sell their work in several stores throughout the state, including locations in Frankfort, Midway, Berea, Lexington and Louisville. They even sell their work through an outlet in Cincinnati. They participate in several art shows in several states and sell their work through their website.
Laura said about creating art that, “I think everyone needs to have something that allows them to take all the craziness and chaos of life and channel it into something productive. Art is just what I channel my chaos into.”
An opening reception is planned for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Gallery 104.

• For more information, call Gallery 104 at (502) 222-3822 or visit: www.Gallery104.org. For more information on Scot and Laura Kellersberger’s artwork, visit their website: www.PhoenixCreativeMetal.com.

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