Artist Showcase

'Animal Attractions' art show to open
in March at Gallery 104

The multimedia, juried show
awards $600 in prize money

LA GRANGE, Ky. (March 2015) –The Arts Association of Oldham County has recently announced its first and largest fine art show of the year. The juried exhibit is a multimedia show open to any artist to create animal themed art.
This exhibit is chaired by the association’s vice president, Jim Cheski. “What makes this show so unique is that the focus is on animals and a variety of interpretations of wild and domestic animals all in one venue, including those found on the farm, in the streets, pets and the exotic, by artists of all ages and levels of education,” said Cheski.

Catherine Bryant art

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This painting titled "Mischief" was made by Louisville artist Catherine Bryant.

The exhibit will run from March 3 to April 18 at Gallery 104 in La Grange. An opening reception for the public is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5. Awards will be presented at this reception by show judge Marie Elena Ottman.
Ottman will award $600 in prizes and ribbons and briefly talk about the works in the exhibit, said Cheski. Ottoman is an accomplished ceramic artist represented in the Permanent Collection at the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, as well as numerous private collections throughout the country and the Republic of Panama. She is currently the Ceramics Program Director at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center, while pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree in the inaugural MFA program at the University of Louisville.
All artists have at least one piece of artwork for sale. Partial proceeds from the show will be donated to the Oldham County Humane Society.
Participants do not have to be from Oldham County. “We have entries from Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky,” said Cheski. “About half of the artists are repeat artists from last year.”
Kathy Dowling, the association’s executive director, said, “Since 2010 this annual show has drawn artists from as far away as Bowling Green, Ky., and Bloomington, Ind. At last count, we had 21 artists with 43 works entered, including two Ohio-based artists.” She said she looks forward to it each year as being “one of the most fun shows of the year.”
All type of media are represented in the exhibit, including painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture and multimedia, said Cheski, who is also an artist. Cheski holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in graphic design and sculpture.
His professional career in post secondary education evolved into art production management at three major universities. “In retirement I have returned to sculpture and assist the AAOOC on the board and with several of their shows.”
Animal Attraction sponsors include La Grange Animal Hospital, Bedford Bank-La Grange branch, and Dave and Terri Miller.

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

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