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Ann Nave Bass

Ann Nave Bass, better know as Andy, has had a life long interest in art. She now concentrates on painting after a career in graphic design. She finds design and color to be the most exciting elements of a painting. Working in oils has given her the perfect medium to explore the many aspects of her artist journey.  Along that journey Plein Aire painting has proven to be the most exciting and challenging. She has a studio in Artists Attic, Victorian Square in downtown Lexington.

 

Email: andybass@insightbb.com

Ann Pass

I grew up in Alabama where the Black Warrior River bordered our farm in a wonderful pastoral setting. As a child I learned to love and appreciate the beauty of my surroundings. I became interested in art at an early age.  The basic fundamentals of art were taught to me by Ilona Royce-Smithkin of New York City and the late William Schultz of Vero Beach, Florida. Practice has inspired me to learn and try to develop greater depth and spontaneity in my work.  I maintain a studio at Artists Attic in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.

 

Web Site: www.annrutherfordpass.com

Email:  arutherfordpass@aol.com

Beth

Hegeman

Having retired from the Lexington Police Department and becoming an empty-nester, Beth Hegeman now has time to pursue her passion for painting. She studied with Lexington artist Bill Fletcher, with whom she traveled and painted in the south of France. A member of Plein Air Painters of the Bluegrass, she has attended several workshops and paint-outs, twice winning awards at the “First Brush of Spring” in New Harmony, Indiana. Her work has been shown at Artist’s Attic and at Gallery B in Lexington. She applies her craft both “en plein air” and in her studio at the Walton and Main Studios in downtown Lexington.

 

Email:  Bheg523@aol.com

Betty BeShoar

I live in rural Kentucky, north of Frankfort on the Elkhorn Creek. I love painting outside especially our local landscapes and the Kentucky River watershed. I began painting at the Artist Attic in Lexington and continue to learn through local workshops. I paint predominately for my own pleasure but offer works occasionally for charitable causes and through local galleries.

 

Email: Mlr2390@hughes.net

Beverly Bruntz

 

There is nothing more exhilarating than to paint on location, capturing that one moment in time. Each painting is an opportunity for a fresh look at the spectacular location, light and color. She received her Master of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton and worked for several years as a graphic artist. Since pursuing painting full-time, her paintings have been juried into numerous nationwide and regional shows.    In 2009 she relocated to her home state of Kentucky. Rolling green acres, forests, ponds, creeks and country roads are now part of her everyday life and favorite subjects to paint.

 

Web Site:  www.beverlybruntz.com

Bob Sandford

Robert M. Sandford, an oil painter from Lexington, Kentucky, specializes in Plein Air landscapes. His training has includes a Bachelors, Master and Rank I in Art, he has also studied with Scott Christensen, Kenn Backhaus, Dee Beard Dean, Dan Young, Chris Groves and Bill Fletcher.

 

Sandford’s latest work can be viewed at his studio located in the Artists’ Attic in downtown Lexington. His paintings are also on display at the Main Cross Gallery, in Lexington, Shaker Village in Harrodsburg, KY, Ralice Gallery in Ft. Mitchell, KY and at the Anderson Fine Art Gallery in St. Simon’s Island, Ga.

 

Email  rm.sandford@gmail.com         

Web site:  www.sandfordpaintings.com

Candice McCown

“I am a designer and an artist. I paint things as I see them and how I would like others to see. I want to make beautiful things that others can enjoy in their own way to escape and appreciate. I enjoy painting landscapes and have recently begun dabbling in still life’s and am undergoing formal tutelage to constantly improve my technique. I receive a great joy and solace when I paint, and an even greater joy when an audience appreciates it as much as I do.”

Email: Kandigrl86@hotmail.com

Website: www.fineartcandice.com

Cate Wagoner

Cate Wagoner primarily paints in oil, with additional work in pastel, conte crayon and graphite. During a workshop under Wolf Kahn at the National Academy in New York, she decided to pursue a new vocation as a professional artist after a vibrant career as a residential and commercial design consultant in the Southeast.  Her award-winning work is now privately collected in the South and is shown at Gallery B, Lexington Allison Sprock Fine Art in Charleston, South Carolina, and Holly Hill Inn in Midway, Kentucky.

 

Web site  www.catewagoner.com

Email: cateinky@att.net

Damon Farmer

I may be better known as a master sand sculptor, but I spend more time with acrylic paint than sand. I've painted since '67, but after moving to rural Woodford County in '94, I began to enjoy not only the double pleasure of painting and spending time in beautiful outside locations, but also to appreciate the merits of plein aire. There's so much more visual information available directly, compared to working from photos. I strive to accurately translate that richness to the canvas.

 

email: shadetreestudio@aol.com

Website: shadetreestudio.com

Dan McGrath

“Loving the outdoors, my idea of a perfect day is to go out and paint a study on site and return to the studio for larger paintings. Having been a swimmer, kayaker, rafter and skin diver, streams, rivers and lakes are favorite subjects. I believe that all of nature is sacred and that realism can best convey my goal of bringing the incredible beauty, mood and variety of the natural world to the canvas.” 

 

Web site:  www.danmcgrathstudio.com

Email: danmcgra@hotmail.com

Debbie Waitkus

Debbie moved to Woodford County, Kentucky in 2003, She has studies with artists Betty Plymale and Marianna McDonald. Debbie’s works have been on display at a number of shows including Francisco’s Farm (Midway, KY) and at the Jack Jewett House (Versailles, KY). Since 2006 she has been invited to gather at various well-known thoroughbred horse farms to create paintings for special art exhibitions to benefit the Woodford Humane Society’s yearly “Freedom Fest” event. In April of 2009 she traveled to Florence and Deruta, Italy in order to broaden her experience in oil painting and pottery techniques and continued expanding her education by returning to Calabria, Italy in 2011.

 

Email: bobded@usa.com

Donna Hall

“My interest and passion for learning and doing art has been with me forever.  I find deep joy and contentment in the creative process and value being part of a creative community, sharing experiences, and enhancing creative expression.  Beauty’s glance calls me into my painting journey.”

 

Email: dmh.star@gmail.com

Elaine Singleton Hayhurst

As an educator for more than 25 years I have always loved the process of learning and the opportunities it brings. Upon retirement I explored art through the University of Kentucky’s OLLI (Off Campus Lifelong Learning Institute) and never imagined how passionately I would come to love painting. I have recently discovered the joy of oil painting and “plein air”! I particularly enjoy painting children and it gives me a special joy to paint something or someone that is especially meaningful for someone else. I have been a resident at Walton and Main Studios for 3 years.

 

EMail: laineyh@windstream.net  Web: www.facebook.com/WaltonAndMainStudios

Elizabeth Coomes

Liz Coomes lives in Louisville Kentucky.  In the last five years she has concentrated on painting landscapes but has been painting and drawing since 1998 when she enrolled in a drawing class at the Louisville Studio School. “I have been fortunate to take classes and workshops with some of Kentucky and Indiana’s fine artists including Guinevere Smith, Martin Rollins, Gaela Irwin, Debra Huse, Joel Knapp and Bill Fletcher. My goal as a plein air artist is simple – to continue to improve my ability to convey light on form.”

 

Email: coomes@insightbb.com

Eric

Johnson

Eric is a full-time artist with his own gallery in Versailles, Kentucky (about 20 minutes from Lexington). He lives in Nonesuch in southern
Woodford County, in the heart of the beautiful Kentucky Bluegrass. He studied illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and watercolor with Tony Couch. He works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic, depending on the job, the subject matter, and his inclination at the moment. Eric has completed illustrations, through his representative in Atlanta, for such clients as Coca Cola, McDonald’s, and Turner Classic Movies. He has also been the official poster artist for both U.S. Opens held at the famous Pinehurst #2 golf course in Pinehurst, North Carolina, first in 1999 and again in 2005. He paints his portraits in oil.

 

Website: www.ericjohnsonartist.com/index.html

Eric Iversen

Email: eiversen@windstream.net

Frank Culberson

Frank received some of his training in art while attending the College of Architecture at the University of Kentucky in the early 1980s. Frank has practiced Architecture for the past 28 years, however 3 years ago he began to pursue a study in Modern Impressionism through the medium of oils. Residing in Lexington Kentucky, he has been studying with local artists and attending workshops. Through this pursuit, he is continuing to develop as an Artist emphasizing Landscape Impressionism and Still Life as his subject of choice. He continues to grow as an artist while using his Plein Air experience as a spring board in selecting his subject matter in the rural Kentucky landscape.

Helen Powell

Helen Powell, a native of Rome, Georgia, is a citizen of the Bluegrass by choice, having spent her career here as a landscape architect and architectural historian. Now an avid plein air painter, she can indulge in two of her passions, hiking and painting outdoors in the gorgeous Kentucky landscape.

 

Email: HPowellAndCo@aol.com

Karen Carey

“My paintings reflect my love of landscapes, especially those in central Kentucky with its changing light, as well as my love of light and color.  I paint mainly in oils, and I also enjoy working in pastels, encaustic and printmaking. Over the years, I have taken classes at Miami, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of Kentucky, and participated in workshops with Diane Tesler, Bill Fletcher, Tom Blumlein and others.”

Karen’s studio is at 710 McClure Building, in downtown Frankfort,  Her work has been shown at, the Scott County Arts and Cultural Center, Art on Main in Georgetown, the Elk Creek Winery Gallery and Capital Cellars in Frankfort.

Email: karencarey35@gmail.com

 

Kelly Brewer

I have always had a love of the arts.  It began in middle school where I learned the basic skills of drawing and painting.  In college I shifted my focus from studio art to the the historical aspect and graduated from the University of North Carolina with an Art History degree.  Motherhood and family have been my central focus for the past decade.  Several years ago a little divine intervention led me to dust off the charcoal pencils, pick up my paint brushes and rediscover my passion for the creative arts.  I became a member of Artist's Attic Studios in April 2007.  I am inspired to develop as a painter and artist and I am filled with gratitude for the love of picking up a paint brush!

 

Web Site: http://www.kellybrewerstudio.com

Email: krbrewer@insightbb.com

Margaret Curnow

“I draw on places I have visited and my imagination for subject matter. In addition to painting with the Plein Air Painters of the Bluegrass, when traveling out of state or country, I take art supplies along and make sketches on site, or finish an alla prima painting to carry home. The sketches and studies evolve into larger paintings back in my studio. It is my hope that some of the joy, color and beauty of our world expressed in my paintings can be shared with viewers.” Margaret has studied painting with Edward Knippers at Asbury University, Carla House of The Atlanta Institute of Art, Billy Morrow Jackson of the University of Illinois, and M. Katherine Hurley. Her work has appeared in a traveling exhibit sponsored by Women in the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Gallery B in Lexington, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, The Art Depository and Haute Couture.

Email: macurnow@msn.com

Marianna McDonald

Although trained in figure painting at Murray State University, landscape has always been my first choice of subject matter. As soon as I graduated I started painting what I loved—the land. In 1983 I moved from working in watercolor and oils to pastel which is my favorite medium for its vibrant color. I want my paintings to express to the viewer the peace I feel when I walk this land. I paint what I see, but distill the details of nature to focus on the essence of the landscape. I adjust the color to emphasize the light and shadows, and hope the viewer connects to the sense of place, which attracted me to the scene.

 

email: marianna.mcdonald@insightbb.com

website: mcdonaldfineart.com

Marilyn Sadler

A resident of Versailles, Kentucky, Marilyn combines artistic flair with knowledge gained from years of hands-on experience of owning, breeding and training Thoroughbred racehorses to specialize in equine portraiture.  Marilyn also accepts commissions to portray favorite pets.  She is a member of the Plein Air Painters of the Bluegrass.  Marilyn’s work has been accepted to many juried exhibitions and various local art shows.  Marilyn was the artist chosen to paint the Signature Artwork for Woodford Humane Society’s Freedom Fest, 2008.

 

Web Site:  www.marilynsadler.com

Email: marilyn@marilynsadler.com

Mary Louise Dean

The act of painting in nature is the best way to discover a true connection to self.

 

After a 30-year advertising and marketing career throughout the United States, Mary Louise returned home to the Bluegrass to paint. She devotes the greater part of her days to painting and writing at her small farm in Nicholas County. Plein Aire painting is a favorite because it provides a multitude of subjects and at the same time it challenges one’s patience and palette. Her painting style has been influenced by the study of fine arts and the management of creative design and mass communications.

Email: marylouise.dean@yahoo.com

Mary Neely

“I grew up in Louisville Kentucky’s beautiful Cherokee park trailing Beargrass Creek with my dog, my BB gun and my sketch book.  I owe my basic skills to my mentor, Miss Lucy Diecks, longtime instructor at Atherton and University of Louisville”.  After graduating from University of Kentucky with a degree in Art Education, she continued her study at University of Michigan, Dayton Art Institute and Art Students League of New York under Daniel Greene.  Today, Mary maintains a studio, where you may view her work, at the Artist’s Attic of Victorian Square in Lexington, Kentucky, where she teaches weekly classes. 

 

Web site www.NeelyFineArt.com   

Email: rodneely@aol.com

Sandra Kestner

I grew up as an Army brat and lived in many different parts of the world. As a child, I went to Saturday art classes at museums and attended summer art programs for children. An educator for 30 years, I taught middle school science and high school biology for 7 years. Then for 21 years I worked at the Kentucky Department of Education in Adult Literacy. After retiring in 2009, I took my first art class through the UK OLLI program. I continued to take classes with local artists including Marianna McDonald, Bill Fletcher and Dreama Tolle Perry and I discovered I really loved painting.

 

Sandra Oppegard

Sandra graduated from Pasadena Art Center of design where she majored in illustration, and worked as a freelance illustrator for twenty-three years. She is one of the foremost watercolorists in America specializing in equine, particularly racing, subjects. She is a Full Member of the American Academy of Equine Art (AAEA) and a member of the Kentucky Watercolor Society. She has exhibited widely and garnered a number of major awards. She exhibits locally at Cross Gate Gallery in Lexington. Her work has appeared on the covers of The Anvil, Keeneland Magazine, and in the Polo Magazine. Her work appears on the AAEA website.

 

Email oppegard1@insightbb.com

Yvonne Todd

Yvonne earned a degree from Transylvania University and attended workshops with Sam Savitt, John Seerey-Lester, and Scott Christensen. Featured in the March 2012 issue of Southwest Art, her pen and ink of a raven is also included in North Light Publication’s third edition of Stokes of Genius.Yvonne also produced the eventing obstacle drawings for the Rolex Three Day Event for 35 years. Yvonne’s passion for animals has led to numerous commissions as well as exhibits including the Master of Foxhounds Centennial Travelling Exhibit. She was selected as a Top 100 artist in the prestigious Arts for the Parks competition in Jackson Hole. She continues to paint portraits of various animals on commission and enjoys the comradery of plein air painting as often as she can.

 

Web site www.yvonnetodd.com

Email: Yvonne.Todd@insightbb.com

 

 

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Updated 03/08/14