Spring Exhibit is here
By Faye Ellison
As spring flowers have begun to brighten up downtown Louisville, bringing the air of the tiny town to life, the Arts Guild of Jefferson County has itself continued to grow each year bringing arts to the area.
Beginning in 2002, the Arts Guild formed granting an avenue for local artists to display their creations. Each spring, an art show is sponsored being held in downtown Louisville.
“Not many little towns offer that kind of exposure,” Arts Guild member and past president Donna Borders said of the Spring Exhibit.
With around 40 current members, the Arts Guild plans to display talents from 30 artists exhibiting around 75 pieces during the annual event. The Spring Exhibit will be held with an opening reception on Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Gatherings. Boone Blackmon will perform that night at the Market House. Twisted Sisters, which houses the Arts Guild’s Marketplace, will also be open. Saturday the exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
“It’s just a wonderful opportunity for people to look at and enjoy art,” Borders said. “We will have a variety of art this year.”
Works at the Spring Exhibit will include paintings in watercolor, oil and acrylic, collage paintings, photography, carved wooden bowls and spoons, pottery, woodwork, quilts, fiber art pillows and sculptures. Most of the art will be available for purchase.
One contribution that is already on display just in time for this weekend’s show is located at the former Sinquefield Stables at the corner of West Broad Street and Walnut Street in downtown. A mural has been erected that paints a vivid picture of Louisville’s historic past and one of its dwindling occupants, horses.
“A hundred years ago, there were horses for rent and farriers operating out of that building,” Arts Guild member Karen Lewis said. “Creating this mural allows us to tie in Louisville’s history.
“It’s nice to see horses back there again,” she chuckled.
The Arts Guild holds an Art Camp at the Magdalene House during the summer instilling and growing an interest of art in youth from the area. Two years ago, one of the projects was painting the two busts of horses that overlooked Walnut Street on panels. Beginning in 2014, a large mural began to take shape showcasing a horse and its foal.
“We finally got it finished,” Lewis said. “It was so big. It was a monster project that year.”
Taking two hours Sunday afternoon, the mural was hoisted into place.
“We didn’t know how it would turn out,” Lewis added. “We didn’t know what it would look like at a distance. We were trying to guess how bright the colors would be and guess how it would weather, but everybody involved in the process was pleased that it looks as great as it does.”
During the summer last year as the children gathered around the tables at the Magdalene House, where the mural was stored, they began to see each brush of color come alive.
“The kids loved the idea of working on something they could relate to,” Lewis said.
The mural was developed from a drawing into little blotches of color.
“The children each got a chance to color in an area and I touched it up,” she added. “But we didn’t let them see it in the beginning standing up, eventually they could tell what they were working on. We then told everyone to step back and we put the panel upright, they could see the horse emerge from the puzzle piece design.
“They clapped their hands and laughed and said, ‘I did that piece. I did that piece.’ It was great to see the kids appreciate how it all came together.”
In a mission to bring history and art alive, the Arts Guild is still wanting to aid in restoration and preservation.
“I just want to make the comment that the Arts Guild is interested in historic restoration involving painting or raising awareness of a building to be saved,” Lewis said. “We are here to help from architectural point of view or an art point of view. We need to appreciate Louisville and enjoy it. We have a lot of talent here.”
The Arts Guild is planning for another Art Camp in June, while continuing to hold programs for artists and patrons at the Magdalene House.
“We have programs on photography by current Arts Guild President Richard Schickling,” Borders said. “He has done other programs too like one on industrial art and one on art music.”
The Arts Guild is open to anyone in or outside of Jefferson County, with dues at $35 for the year.
“We have artists and patrons, who do not produce artwork, but are interested,” Borders added.
Applications are available at The Marketplace in Twisted Sisters.
“I want to give a big thanks to the Arts Guild members who have helped to put it together, including Vicky Bernard who is setting the show this year,” Borders said. “I invite everyone to come and see the things that their friends and neighbors have produced. We would love for people to come enjoy and appreciate art in Jefferson County.”