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‘Arts on the Green’

Kopp to exhibit at
La Grange, Ky., festival

Stained glass artist became hooked
on medium after classes

LA GRANGE, Ky. (June 2013) – Roxanne Kopp has always been drawn to glass objects. Once she created a stained glass piece for the first time, she was hooked on making artwork stemming from an age-old profession.
“I took a stained glass class at Gallery 104 from Donna Miller about five years ago,” said Kopp. “I wanted a stained glass window for one of our bathrooms and couldn’t find anything with the right colors.”

Roxanne Kopp

Photo by Helen McKinney

Roxanne Kopp is June’s “Artist of
the Month” at Gallery 104 and
also will take part in the Arts on
the Green art show in La Grange.

This five-week class was her first attempt at making a piece of stained glass and she was hooked. “It came out beautiful.”
By the end of the class, Kopp had already set up a fully equipped glass studio in her basement and has “been working in stained glass ever since.”
Kopp will be one of more than 100 artists participating in this year’s “Arts on the Green” juried fine art festival on June 1-2. The exhibit takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the Oldham County Courthouse lawn.
With 130 artists scheduled to appear, “We have more artists participating this year than ever before,” said Arts on the Green event chair Mary Klausing. In addition to local artists, artists from North Carolina, Florida and the Midwest will be attending the two-day event. “About 40 to 50 percent of the artists are new to us,” said Klausing.
Kopp’s fascination for stained glass comes from “the texture and color patterns found in stained glass,” she said. “I especially like to use the light reflective qualities of glass in my framed pieces.”
Until taking the class under the direction of Miller, Kopp said she did not appreciate how long it took to actually complete a piece of stained glass work. “There are so many individual steps required in the process, all which require an attention to detail.”
Even though it is complex process, Kopp said she finds working in stained glass to be very relaxing and absorbing for her.
“I’ve always been drawn to glass objects-stained, fused or blown.”
Kopp, who is originally from Connecticut, has always found herself appreciative and interested in the arts, but had no formal training or background. She did attend college in Cleveland, where she met her husband and lived for 15 years, before moving to La Grange 12 years ago. Stained glass is the only medium in which Kopp currently works.
She creates very beautiful and unique jewelry boxes from stained glass. “Each box is different and I try to incorporate various objects as focal points in the lids.” Objects she has used include fossils, abalone shell, agate slabs, belt buckles, harness decorations, costume jewelry and various metal works.

Arts on the Green has become a popular event for regional artists. They seems to like the hospitality, volunteers and the friendliness of the community most of all, according to Klausing. Awards are handed out each year at Arts on the Green. This year’s judges will be Sandra Graves, Rob Prince, Debbie Cherie Joplin, Katherine Cohen and Karen Leighty.
The event, sponsored by the Arts Association of Oldham County, will serve typical fair food that everyone loves: kettle corn, cinnamon nuts and ice cream. Music has been added to Saturday’s lineup from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and there will be a kids’ art contest held next to a new vendor who creates sand art.
Klausing said she is excited for Arts on the Green to be the first outdoor event to host beer and wine since La Grange passed new liquor laws earlier this year, she said.
Arts on the Green “is a fabulous show,” said Louisville artist Vera Gerg. “It is really put together well. There are a lot of high-quality artisans there.”
“We like to support our local artists,” said Klausing. “I’m impressed with the quality of this year’s artwork.”
At the last year’s event, Kopp was awarded first place in the 2D/3D glass category. She will also be the featured “Artist of the Month” in June at Gallery 104 in La Grange. She was accepted into the gallery as a juried glass artist in 2008. Gallery 104 is owned and operated by the Arts Association of Oldham County.
She said she became a member “to support the mission of bringing the arts to Oldham County.” As a member, she is able to “exhibit at Gallery 104 and have been able to meet and collaborate with some of the other artists in our area.”

• For more information on Arts on the Green, contact Gallery 104 at (502) 222-3822.

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