Power in Numbers

Louisville Artisans Guild
helps artists show, sell their work

The guild of talented artists in region
hold several annual shows

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2013) – JoAnna Jackson has always been involved in art to some degree. After attending the St. James Court Art Fair eight years ago, her interest was piqued in acrylic painting.
“The best thing about acrylic painting is that it dries quickly, so the wait time between layers is minimal,” said Jackson. An added plus is that “if you don’t like what you have painted, you can paint over it.”

Cuban Car

Photo provided

Above is a
painting titled
“Cuban Car” by
Louisville Artisan
Guild member
JoAnna Jackson.

Jackson is a member of the Louisville Artisans Guild. The Guild is best known for its Holiday Showcase event, which will be held this year on Nov. 2-3 at the American Legion Highland Post in Louisville at 2919 Bardstown Rd.
“We have some very active members,” said member Roxy Lentz. A member for 15 years, Lentz joined “to be with a group of like-minded people.”
The Guild was founded in 1956 and is Kentucky’s oldest guild dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in arts and crafts. Membership consists of artists, craftsmen, educators and collectors.
Jackson is originally from Atlanta but moved to Louisville, where her husband grew up. She also works in the medium of encaustics.
“I have always been artsy,” she said, being interested in sewing, paper craft, fiber arts and drawing. Mainly a self-taught artist, she has taken a few acrylic classes at Preston Art Center.
“I like to paint animals, flowers and people. I paint with lots of color-the larger, the better,” said Jackson, 54. Her work has been described as art that will make you “smile out loud.”
For inspiration, Jackson said she loves “to wander through Peddler’s Malls and antique stores.” She also taps into her creative spirit from looking through the Somerset magazines.
Jackson paints part-time and works part-time as a mammography technologist at Jewish Hospital. She said she would like to teach workshops or classes in the future, especially on the topic of encaustic painting.
She is a juried artist at Shelby Art on Main in Shelbyville, Ky., and has paintings at Damselfly Gallery in Midway, Ky. Jackson participates in several local art shows:  Midway Courtyard Show, Anchorage Art Show, Christmas in Anchorage and Christmas at Christian Academy of Louisville. She hopes to participate in even more shows in the future.
Jackson has been commissioned for work by Habitat for Humanity. She has also participated in Kentucky’s multi-county Clothesline of Quilts project. These quilts are painted on eight foot square signboards and displayed outdoors on barns or other large buildings.
The Guild’s Holiday Showcase event “provides an opportunity for members of exhibit and sell their work to the community,” said Lentz. The Guild also sponsors an Annual Exhibit, in which members exhibit their best works in a local gallery.
Lentz, who lives in Clarksville, Ind., handcrafts jewelry from recycled or repurposed metals such as silver plate, copper and brass. She is also a member of a group of four artists, Quattra 4, who often display their metal smithed works of art together.
Lentz said the Guild meets once a month and has a variety of talented juried members. All types of artwork are represented including clay, photography, jewelry, bead artists, copper and ceramics.
“We’re a bunch of talented artists who love what we do,” said Lentz.
Guild member Hugh Spencer of Louisville said that when he was given watercolors to paint with in the first grade, nothing “changed much after that.”
Spencer, 77, is mostly self taught, but has taken some classes as well as taught some classes. He began painting full time after retiring from the engineering field and his 35-year career as a college professor at the University of Louisville in 1998.
Spencer is originally from Lynchburg, Va. He said he is inspired by music and poetry, and he paints in acrylics and watercolors.
“Sometimes I use both in combination.”

• For more information about the Guild, visit: www.louisvilleartisans.org.

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