Arts on the Green

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Fiber artist Milliner paints on silk, wool combination

LA GRANGE, Ky. (June 2015) – After becoming quite an accomplished watercolor artist, Sharon Milliner became intrigued with painting on silk and turned her attention to fiber art. She attended a workshop given by a local fiber artist and realized this was the direction in which she wanted to take her art.
“When I retired from the corporate world, I started taking watercolor classes,” said Milliner, 64, originally from Louisville. “Someone in the class said we should try painting on silk. We did and I was really intrigued with the process.”
She then began participating in small art shows, selling scarves the next year, and then progressed to larger art shows where she sold her 2D work and the silk scarves. Next, Milliner began combining hand-dyed superfine merino wool with painted silk to create one-of-a-kind wearable art and accessories.

Sharon Milliner

Milliner uses the wet felting technique, a technique that is centuries old. She combines this traditional technique with a contemporary “nuno’” felting technique. Working from her home studio, she crafts scarves, wraps, vests, hats, purses and accessories.
She has also started dying the materials she uses to produce a natural eco-print on silks. Milliner uses natural plant materials found in her garden, fields and the forest. The process includes bundling leaves with the silk, heating, simmering and unbundling to produce prints on the silk from the pigments in the leaves.
Milliner will be one of 150 artists participating in the 16th annual Arts on the Green juried fine art festival, organized by the Arts Association of Oldham County on June 6-7. Milliner will be at Booth 31. Along with eight food vendors and six retail sponsors, this will be “the largest festival date,” said Mary Klausing, event director.
Arts on the Green takes place from 10 a.m.  to 5 p.m. each day on the Oldham County Courthouse lawn. Many of the featured artists also exhibit at the St. James Court Art Show, Cherokee Triangle Art Fair and Mellwood Art Festival. Artwork will include original handcrafting paintings, mixed media, photography, ceramics, sculpture, glass, jewelry, candies, specialty foods and soaps, metal, wood and fiber creations.

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Sharon Milliner’s fiber art booth is pictured

This will be the fifth year for Milliner to participate in Arts on the Green. “It’s usually a very well-attended event.” She said it is so successful because it is an “established event.”
Milliner will have only her fiber art on display for this event. Her watercolor artwork hangs in private and corporate collections in the United States, Great Britain and Russia.
“We are always looking to improve our festival each year,” Klausing said.
Last year, the Emerging Artist Booth, which features the best of Oldham County student art, became a featured booth at Arts on the Green. Arts on the Green organizers have worked with Alvin MacWilliams, executive director of the Oldham County Schools Arts Center, to make this possible. “The Emerging Artist Booth is to encourage art at all levels, by giving young artists an opportunity to experience being a part of an art festival,” Klausing said.
Elin Foley, 4, and Alex Gutievrez, a fourth-grader, are winners of the Arts on the Green Note Card Contest. Their original artwork will be part of the display. The 2015 Arts Association Scholarship Winners and selected artwork of Oldham County High School students will be featured in this booth.
Local artist Elizabeth Kirkwood has worked hard at making Arts on the Green “greener” this year. She teamed with Cheri Grinwell of the Oldham County Public Library for a children’s recycled art event. Posters and recycled art will be displayed at the library’s booth on Second Avenue.
Music has become an important element of Arts on the Green as well. Performances will take place on the Woodsongs Coffeehouse Stage under the direction of Tim Curtis, director of Oldham County Parks & Recreation. Included will be performances by Tom Roller, Jeff Maggard, Nada Genre II, Diane Kincaid, Elizabeth Slayton, Brad Boltz, Dale Kirk, Tim Curtis, the Oldham County Singers and more.
A special Happy Hour will be held on Saturday evening from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with discounted spirits and music provided by Total Strangers at the Second Avenue Gazebo. Festival goers can take a $1 chance on winning art by an Arts on the Green artist if they stop by Booth 91.
Arts on the Green is held in conjunction with the Oldham County History Center’s Colonial Trade Faire. Discover Downtown La Grange will have the Welcome Center open, in addition to businesses and restaurants along Main Street being open for the day.
“The newly renovated and beautiful courthouse lawn provides a perfect setting to showcase our festival and community,” said Klausing. “The Arts Asso-ciation of Oldham County is so proud to host this wonderful event.”

• For more information, contact the Arts Association of Oldham County at (502) 222-3822, or Arts on the Green Show Director Mary Klausing at (502) 419-5203 or via email at maryklausing@bellsouth.net.

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