Co. Arts Center
to feature works by local talent
Barry turned to art after retirement
Helen E. McKinney
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (April 2005) After retiring
from her full-time position with the U.S. Secret Service in 2000, Karen
Barry decided to devote more time to an artistic hobby. She then had
the time to develop her artistic skills and choose as her medium oil
painting and colored pencils.
I love color, said the 52-year-old Oldham
County resident. Color is the most important thing to me.
As an example, Barry referred to the varied hues of clouds in the sky
after a storm.
The only formal fine art training Barry ever had was at Angie Campbell
Studio in La Grange, Ky. She learned the tricks of the trade from watching
others in the class.
She cited the different styles in which Campbells students paint
as encouraging to her. Barry said she most admired the expressionists,
Old Masters and early American painters. I love studying about
paintings as well, she said. Barry attends as many exhibits as
Barry will be displaying her work locally in the Celebration of
Art exhibit, April 16 to May 21 at the Oldham County Arts Center
in Crestwood, Ky. An opening reception will be held from 11 a.m. to
1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, for the artists and the public. This is what
organizers hope will be the first of many exhibits at the Arts Center.
We have so many gifted artists in Oldham County, ranging from
nationally known professionals to Sunday Painters, said Harrie
Buecker, Arts Center principal. Originally, several art teachers from
the Oldham County School system wanted a venue in which to exhibit their
students work. The Arts Center decided a community venue for Oldham
County citizens would be a better starting point, said Buecker.
The first exhibit will be comprised of Oldham County artists, with a
student exhibit to follow next year. Two countywide student shows are
in the works, said David Thurmond, Oldham County Schools Director
of Instructional Support. Plans also call for a professional photography
exhibit to be scheduled for next year.
This first exhibit will showcase the talent of as many Oldham County
artists as can be garnered in one place. The Arts Center is a
place for everybody, both professional and amateur, said Thurmond.
Barrys sketches and paintings
will be on display with others at the
Celebration of Art exhibit.
This is not a juried exhibit, even though many of the
participants produce juried quality work. Local professional artists
include Richard and LeeAnn Luce, Angie Campbell, Debbie Sherie Joplin
Barry attended the University of Maryland, where she was an art major
for three semesters. She ended up majoring in physical education and
taught for a year before deciding she should go into law enforcement.
Originally from the Washington D.C., metro area, Barry said she draws
her inspiration from nature. She lived in Denver for a time where the
colors in the mountains and the changing light upon them left a profound
influence upon her. When youre an artist, you look at things
differently, she said.
Barry also sketches and paints a lot of horses. To an artists
eye, There may be 20 different shades of brown, she said.
Barry always had a knack for drawing horses and has five of her own.
She loves to depict movement in her horse drawings.
Barry will probably enter examples of both of her mediums in the Arts
Center exhibit. She has never shown her drawings before. She paints
a lot of landscapes and seascapes, often traveling to Bermuda to shoot
pictures she will later use as reference for paintings.
Barry and other participating artists may submit up to three pieces
of their work. All 2-dimensional artwork must be original or a fine-art
reproduction process. A variety of media will be accepted: paintings,
drawings, printmaking, photography, sculpture, functional and fiber
Artists are asked to bring their work to the Arts Center at 7105 Floydsburg
Rd. in Crestwood between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, April 11, through
Wednesday, April 13. We hope all the artists in the county will
participate, said Buecker.
The exhibit can be viewed 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday;
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The Arts Center
will be closed on Sundays and Derby Day.
To receive an entry form and details, contact
Thurmond at (502) 241-6018, ext. 351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application can be downloaded from the Oldham County board of Educations
website at: www.oldham.k12.ky.us.
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