Arts Association of Oldham County

Roberts to make fourth trip to
‘Arts on the Green’

La Grange art show has grown to become much more

LA GRANGE, Ky. (June 2014) – Artist Sharon Roberts loves the look and feel of metals. Through trial and error, she became a metalsmith and now makes one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Roberts, 67, is originally from Louisville but now lives outside Leavenworth, Ind. She works regularly with sheet metal and wire and tiny saws, soldiering together what becomes a masterpiece of hand-fabricated jewelry.

Sharon Roberts

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Sharon Roberts of Louisville, Ky., creates one-of-a-kind jewelry, including these pendants.



“I like to use natural gem stones in my work,” she said. Roberts took an eight-week Intro to Metalsmithing class at the Louisville Metro Arts Center on the south side of Louisville. She also took a private study with a metalsmith and learned the rest on her own.
But she didn’t start out wanting to create jewelry. Roberts received a Fine Arts degree from Bellarmine University and “I wanted to be a painter.” Now that she is retired, “I have come back to art in a different medium,” she said.
Roberts will show off her craft in June for her fourth year at the Arts on the Green Juried Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, Saturday, June 7, in La Grange, Ky. The 15th annual show, sponsored by the Arts Association of Oldham County, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Oldham County Courthouse square. The festival showcases a variety of artwork including ceramics, mixed media, sculpture, painting, jewelry, stained glass, photography and pottery.
Roberts starts the jewelry making process by selecting an attractive gemstone and designing around it. Natural patterns within the stone inspire her designs. She said she enjoys seeing people’s faces when they study her work.
“I like the feedback I get.” For that reason, she enjoys traveling to many art shows each year to display her work and talking to the public. “I always loved creating things with my hands. If I saw something I liked, I wanted to make it.”
When she first heard about the show, Roberts wanted to jury into it. “It’s a very pleasant show and is in reasonable driving distance from where I live,” she said. “I also like meeting the other artists.”
Roughly 125 artists participate each year, said Mary Klausing, show director. It’s been a couple of years since a name change for the event, with the addition of Arts & Crafts Festival to the title. “It’s made a big difference,” said Klausing.
A music component has been added also. Local musical acts will perform from noon to 4 p.m. both days at the Second Street Gazebo. This has been done with the help of Tim Curtis of the Oldham County Parks Department, she said.
“As Mary took it to a festival, live music was a big addition,” said Marion Gibson, a member of the Arts Association of Oldham County.
From 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, a Wine Down Happy Hour is planned, providing a chance for artists and the public to mingle. Local Bluegrass band, Total Strangers (formerly Coffee Jam), will perform. A large tent will be set up near the food court for these activities. “This will be the second year for the Wine Down,” said Gibson.
New to this year is a contest for artists based on the theme of “commemorating our 15th year,” Klausing said. Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show and First through Third places.
The winner will receive the Champion of the Arts award.
Helping Arts on the Green go green this year is the current recycling exhibit by Elizabeth Kirkwood at Gallery 104 in La Grange. The Gallery is where artists with the Arts Association of Oldham County display their work monthly. There will be a recycling van on Second Street that will demonstrate recycling and its benefits.
Klausing has been working with Alvin MacWilliams and the Oldham County Schools Art Center in Crestwood to have high school students display their artwork at a booth titled, “Emerging Artists.” Students will display their work “just as if they were participating artists with Arts on the Green. Their work has to be original, creative and follow the same guidelines,” said Klausing.
This booth will also include the Arts Association Scholarship winners for 2014 and last year’s Kids Note Card Winners.
There will be a Beer & Wine booth in the food vendor area, where visitors can purchase regular and craft beer and wine. “People enjoy that at an art fair,” she said.
Just as in the past, there will be an art raffle for $5 per ticket. Arts on the Green artists donate pieces to fill baskets to be raffled.
Arts on the Green is held in conjunction with the Oldham County History Center’s fourth annual Colonial Trade Faire. This event “brings in a different type of person,” Klausing said. “By showcasing the present day through the 18th century, it makes such a nice contrast.”
Klausing said she likes to add new components each year to “make things fresh. We want to make the weekend more of a destination, where people will want to come out and spend the entire day.”

• For more information, contact Mary Klausing at maryklausing@bellsouth.net or call Gallery 104 at (502) 222-3822.

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