Henry County Arts & Craft Guild Spring Show

Trimble County artist Wagner
to take part in April art show

She became serious about her artwork
just two years ago

NEW CASTLE, Ky. (April 2015) – Watercolor artist Beth Wagner did not get serious about her art until two years ago. Even though she always enjoyed art, Wagner never really applied herself until a trip to South Dakota and Wyoming a few years ago.

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Beth and her husband, "Gus," Wagner are pictured above.

“I was so in awe of the scenery and landscape,” said Wagner, 61. “I started painting western scenery and trying to incorporate mules into it.” The reason for this is because up until that point, she had only painted mules and horses.
“Ever since I was little, I have always drawn horses. All through school I enjoyed taking art classes.”
Wagner and her husband, Harry (“Gus”), own mules that they ride on their Trimble County, Ky., property. She belongs to six different mule owners groups.
Wagner primarily paints in watercolors and acrylics. She said she likes they way the art forms blend when creating a painting. This self-taught artist has also worked in oils and clay before but always came back to watercolors and acrylics because she “liked the detail I can get with them.”
For some time she has been fascinated with mules as a subject matter. In addition, she paints dogs, cats and western scenes that appeal to a wide audience range.

Painting of a mule
by Beth Wagner

Wagner will be one of 15 or more artists participating in the juried Henry County Arts & Craft Guild’s Spring Art Show on Saturday, April 18. The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Henry County Fairgrounds 4-H Center on Hwy. 421 in New Castle.
Debra Hinds is a Guild member who volunteered to coordinate this event. “This is a new show for us,” said Hinds. “We wanted to attract other artists and craftspeople who were not guild members.”
The Guild is an organization for local artisans and crafters in and around Henry County, Ky.
The Spring Art Show will feature paintings, gourd art, jewelry, wooden bowls, painted furniture, quilts, stained glass, leatherwork, needlework and photography. The Guild has a highly successful show each fall, drawing a large crowd of visitors from the surrounding region.
Although it is not a requirement to be a Guild member to be in the show, several Guild members will be participating. To take part in the show, “everything has to be hand-made. There can be no manufactured items or food,” Hinds said.
Hinds joined the Guild two years ago because “I’m a crafter like so many other people, and I wanted to get my work out in the community.” Hinds crafts aromatherapy art candles with hand-made copper lids.
Wagner said she joined the Guild to “try and get other artists to look at and approve of my artwork. I wanted to have a local place for my work.” She is also a member of the Tennessee Artist Association.
Born in Memphis, Tenn., Wagner said her family moved around quite a bit while she was growing up because her father was transferred many times due to his job. “We moved to Anchorage, Ky., when I was 5, then to Barrington, Ill., when I was 13. That is where I graduated from high school.”
Her father was next transferred to New York City for his job, and the family lived in nearby New Jersey. He was finally offered a job in Kentucky before retiring. Her parents then bought a 300-acre farm in Trimble County.

• To request an application for the show, email Guild presidents Darrell and Pam Moore at glassandwood@bellsouth.net. For more information about the show, contact Debra Hinds at (502) 396-9810.

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