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‘Animal Attraction’

Louisville artist Coulston
earns top award in Oldham art show

Her oil canvas ‘My Cat’ wins art show
dedicated to animals

LA GRANGE, Ky. (April 2014) – Catherine Bryant has been a prominent Louisville Artist for the past 25 years, concentrating primarily on murals and Trompe L’oeil (an artistic technique that gives paintings the optical illusion of a 3D effect). Since childhood she has developed a love for the arts and brings that love to every piece she creates.
According to her website, the intention of Bryant’s artwork is “to bring great pleasure to myself and a visual experience to others. It is my desire that the viewer experience the pleasure I felt while creating these works of art.”

My Cat

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Veronica Coulston’s oil painting titled “My Cat” won this year’s “Animal Attractions” art show.

Bryant paints in acrylics, oil and encaustic. “I like to do animals because it doesn’t seem as if many people are doing animals,” she said. She also teaches classes at the Preston Arts Center.
Bryant’s oil on canvas painting, “A Lotta Bull,” won first place at the 2013 Animal Attraction! art show at Gallery 104 in La Grange. This exhibit was sponsored by the Arts Association of Oldham County. As a result, her painting is featured on the 2014 advertisement poster.
This year, the winning prize went to Louisville artist Veronica Coulston for her oil canvas titled “My Cat.”  Show judge Richard Luce of Crestwood, Ky., described Coulston’s piece as “a very nice oil painting with good technical quality, good design and pleasant to look at.”
Other winners include “My Favorite Old Boy” photography by Janice Lukenbill in second place, and “Game Face” Prismacolor pencil and acrylic by Rickelle Nelson of Louisville in third place. Honorable Mentions went to Nelson, Tom Kinney of Westport, Ky., and Kathy Hunter of Sellersburg, Ind.
Bryant said winning first place was particularly nice because she grew up in La Grange. “A Lotta Bull” depicted the backside of a bull basking in the warmth of the sun. “He’s looking out into the vastness, feeling the warmth of the sun,” said Bryant.
Mary Dennis Kannapell, 2013 show judge, described Bryant’s piece as having “masterful lighting and nice juxtaposition.” Kannapell is a former Artistic Director for Pyro Gallery and a former Art Director at the Louisville Zoo.
Luce, meanwhile, is a renown western and frontier artist. A Yonkers, N.Y., native, he moved to Crestwood in 1981. He often finds inspiration for his own artwork in the Native American culture.
An awards reception was held for this year’s winners on March 27. Ziggy, the Dalmatian mascot from The WOOFery pet specialty shop in La Grange, greeted guests as they arrived. Partial proceeds from Animal Attraction! benefitted the Oldham County Humane Society.
Kathy Dowling, Executive Director of the Arts Association of Oldham County and its Gallery 104, described Animal Attraction! as one of the most popular and fun shows the association has ever organized. “This year, over 30 artists submitted over 60 pieces of animal art in a wide variety of media,” said Dowling.
All Arts Association of Oldham County shows are open to any artist willing to jury in. Dowling said she is excited that artists are “now coming from even further distances than before to participate.”
La Grange artist Karen Barry said, “I feel the quality of art in this show has definitely increased since the show first started. We are now getting a reputation for putting on a good show and have great sponsors.” Barry has taken part in the show in the past and has three works entered in the current show.
Barry said she entered because Animal Attraction! “is made for my style of art. It has a high quality of art and artists that participate, and the competition is very good. Each year it seems to attract more artists. In addition, it benefits the Oldham County Humane Society with whom I do volunteer work.”
Shelbyville, Ky., artist Linda Powell said of this juried, multi-media show, “I love this show! I’ve been in it for several years and have always had a great time. My art has been well treated and I’ve always been made to feel like a part of the community.”
Powell agrees with Barry about the quality of the show. “In the few years that I have participated, I have noticed the quality and presentation of the art for this show continue to grow and bloom. It is a great place to see if your art stands up to your contemporaries. It is a measuring stick for how we can estimate ourselves and to see if we are going in the right direction.”
For Powell, Animal Attraction! is, “an intimate show with vast appeal. La Grange isn’t large, but the size of the talent and scope of the art represented are upscale and important.”
Bryant said Gallery 104 “is a superb gallery. It’s really a treasure. I’d like to see more people support it.” Bryant will be featured in an upcoming issue of “Kentucky Homes & Gardens.”
Animal Attraction! is sponsored by La Grange Animal Hospital, Messer Construction and Bedford Bank & Loan. It opened March 25 and runs through May 10.

• For more information, contact Kathy Dowling at (502) 222-3822 or visit: www.gallery104.org.

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