on the Green
oil painter will exhibit
at annual La Grange art show
mostly paints landscapes
Helen E. McKinney
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.
Photo by Don Ward
Welborn was the
Best of Show winner
for the 2008 Arts
on the Green.
Until last years event, Welborn, who lives in Crestwood,
said she had never put my work out for the public to view.
Welborns 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 Louisvilles 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 childrens 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 winners work featured
on the front of greeting cards sold at Gallery 104 in La Grange.
Eden Ridgeway was last years 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
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,
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
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 years 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 couldnt 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.
Its 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. Theres 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 Welborns art-work, visit her web-site
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