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Arts at the Summit

Louisville art show
offers an eclectic mix

The guild of talented artists in region
hold several annual shows

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 2013) – When it comes to designing jewelry, artist Vera Gerg is full of ideas. Inspired by many things around her, Gerg constantly comes up with new ideas to keep customers interested in her work.
“I established my jewelry line about eight years ago,” said the Louisville resident. “I’ve always worked in primitive antiques and interior decorating. I used to have a store and now have my work at the Goss Ave Antique Mall.”

Flight of Fancy

Photo provided

This painting by Terri Jo Ross
(below) of Louisville is titled
“Flight of Fancy.” She is a 2D
mixed media artist who plans to take part in the Arts at the Summit show.

Terri Jo Ross

Gerg will be participating in the sixth annual Louisville Festival of the Arts at the Summit. This unique art exhibit will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9 at The Summit, located at 9401 Brownsboro Rd. This juried event is free and open to the public.
More than 100 artist and crafters from across the country will be featured at this two-day outdoor gallery style art exhibit. This celebration of the arts will feature an eclectic mix of original art, a separate art and craft market and free samples from the Earth Fare Organic Grocer. It is an event that appeals to locals and tourists alike, with artwork priced to suit all budgets, organizers say.
Gerg’s newest jewelry line is called Leather, Pearls and Southern Girls. The idea came about “one afternoon while having lunch with my now business partner, Monica Reed,” said Gerg, 60.
That particular day, Gerg was wearing her favorite pair of pearls and Reed was wearing a leather necklace. “I decided at that moment we should put the two together,” she said. “It worked and is a wonderful combination.”
Because there are “so many jewelry lines out there, I have to be different,” she said. A self-taught jewelry maker, Gerg said she was looking for something to do while staying at home with her children when they were younger.
“I use the finest quality sterling silver, freshwater pearls, and leather. I keep it of good quality.”
Over the years, she has participated in many different art and craft festivals, including the St. James Art Fair, Arts on the Green in la Grange, and the Mellwood Art Show. Originally from Louisville, Gerg lived in Wisconsin for 17 years.
“I use a lot of nature elements in my work,” she said. Gerg also crafts jewelry from lampwork beads. After attending a beach show in Florida, “I fell in love with lampwork beads.” She took a few jewelry classes and then was able to craft her own jewelry using beads made from artists in India.
Craft media on display includes folk art, pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, woven baskets, beaded utensils, candles, painted wood, mosaic, quilts, fused glass, handbags and accessories.
The Louisville Festival of the Arts at the Summit is organized by Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company that has developed and presented art and craft shows throughout the country for the last 25 years.
Terri Jo Ross is a 2D mixed media artist from Louisville who will also be taking part in this outdoor art exhibit. A member of the Louisville Artisans Guild, Ross has painted with oils and primarily uses acrylics because “you can do anything with them now,” she said.
Ross described her work as “very textured.” She mounts it on recycled products, such as used frames but never puts her work under glass.
After formal art training at the University of Louisville, Ross took classes in Florida with JoAnn Blackburn. Blackburn, a well known Pensacola artist, teacher, juror and judge, was a water colorist until age 65 then switched to acrylics. Her new book, “Experiencing the Abstracts, An Instructional Journey,” mentions Ross and her work.
“Acrylics lend themselves to abstracts a lot through texture and layering,” said Ross, 58. She said her painting process is a “very quick, fresh process. I don’t do reproductions.”
When she begins a piece of artwork, Ross does not think so much about what her subject matter will be, as what she is paining on (wood, paper, etc.). She then focuses on colors as “colors affect me more and lead me toward one kind of form that will develop.”
She often doesn’t know what she will paint on a given day, but rather the forms develop with layering. Adding translucent colors over opaque colors aids forms in emerging on the canvas.
“I always work with color for affect,” she said. “It’s what people are attracted to first.” Ross, whose father was in the U.S. Navy, is originally from southern California, having been raised in San Diego.
Ross’s work can be found locally at Taste Fine Wines & Bourbon at 634 E. Market St. in Louisville. She teaches classes and participates in four to five shows annually.
Ross will be one of several artists demonstrating their art techniques at the Louisville Festival of the Arts at the Summit.

• For more information visit www.TheSummitOnline.com/Louisville or www.ArtFestival.com.

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