Arts on the Green

Local oil painter will exhibit
at annual La Grange art show

Purdue University graduate
mostly paints landscapes

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (June 2009) – Even though painting has always been a hobby for Amy Welborn, she dreamed of one day having her work displayed for others to see. Encouraged by a friend to enter the juried Arts on the Green Fine Arts and Crafts Show, Welborn took Best of Show last year to her utter amazement.

Amy Welborn

File Photo by Don Ward

Amy Welborn was the
Best of Show winner
for the 2008 Arts
on the Green.

Until last year’s event, Welborn, who lives in Crestwood, said she “had never put my work out for the public to view.” Welborn’s medium of choice is oil painting, producing primarily landscapes and farm scenes.
She prefers the vibrancy of color in oil painting and the flexibility of working in oil. Welborn, 40, said she has played around with different mediums in the past, but always came back to oils.
Receiving an Engineering degree from Purdue University, Welborn knew she still wanted to pursue her interest in art. She took evening classes at the University of Louisville’s Art School to learn more about the basics of oil painting, she said. The classes taught her more about color theory and composition, which added to her artwork.
“If I see a scene that makes me stop and enjoy it, then hopefully it will bring enjoyment to others,” she said.
Welborn will be one of more than 115 artists participating in the ninth annual Arts on the Green juried art show in La Grange. Sponsored by the Arts Association of Oldham County, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, on the grounds of the Oldham County Courthouse and Second Street, where visitors will be able to sit and eat.
A free children’s Holiday Card Contest will be held at the gazebo on Second Street. Children ages 10 and under are encouraged to create drawings in two categories that express their views of the Christmas and holiday season, and Cinco de Mayo, a regional holiday in Mexico occurring May 5. Artwork will be judged and the winner’s work featured on the front of greeting cards sold at Gallery 104 in La Grange.
Eden Ridgeway was last year’s winner of the Holiday Card Contest. Her cards were blank inside so customers could personalize them and sold for 10 for $10. Any profits made after printing costs are paid, will aid in providing free art classes to be held at Gallery 104.
At least half of the participating Arts on the Green artists are repeat artists, said Marion Gibson, event director and member of the Arts Association of Oldham County. “This signature event is our primary fundraiser,” Gibson said of the two-day event in which original artwork is exhibited and sold.
This free juried art show will feature paintings, metal sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics and much more. Special exhibits will be held at Gallery 104, 104 E. Main St. in La Grange, where members of the Arts Association of Oldham County exhibit and sell their works.
Gibson has visited and researched other shows and artists to make Arts on the Green a unique, one-of-a-kind event. Since it is a lot of work for the artists to set up their displays, be on hand the entire time, and tear down their displays, “We really try to cater to the artists,” she said.
“From the very beginning, we wanted this to be an excellent show,” said Sandra Graves, co-chair for the event. Graves handles the selection of judges for Arts on the Green. Many of those who have judged the event in the past are also artists.
The panel of judges for the 2009 event includes Diana Fulner, Vickie Eldridge, Debbie Joplin, Mary Mallory and Joe Schoenbaechler. Each has a certain category he judges, and together they select the Best of Show winner.
Artists must be juried in every year. “We have artists coming from all over the country,” said Graves. “The judging criteria has become tighter each year,” for this growing, prestigious event.
This year’s awards include several categories in which cash prizes will be awarded. Eight $150 first place awards will be given out, and ribbons awarded for winners of first place through third place in all categories. A prize of $500 will be awarded for Best of Show, sponsored by Baptist Hospital Northeast.
Welborn was the Best of Show winner for the 2008 Arts on the Green with her painting, “Second Cutting.”
“Arts on the Green was a springboard for me,” said the Floyd Knobs native. “I couldn’t not come back this year.”
Since then, Welborn has participated in the Oldham County Studio Tour and the Harvest Celebration Festival at Lanthier Winery in Madison, Ind. She has also exhibited at the Elk Creek Winery in Owenton, Ky., and in several group art shows and charity events.
“It’s exciting to see this county have a lot of different venues for artists,” said Welborn. Arts on the Green “is a neat event to draw people into the county.”
Welborn said she enjoys meeting other people and seeing what type of art they are interested in. A big advantage to Arts on the Green for her is sharing ideas with other artists. “There’s an energy to it,” she said.

• For more information about Arts on the Green, contact Marion Gibson at (502) 225-5961 or (502) 338-4391 or visit www.aaooc.org. For more information on Amy Welborn’s art-work, visit her web-site at: www.PaintingsByAmyWelborn.com.

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