COVID may have delayed showing their art, but the Central Kentucky Art Guild’s 2019 and 2020 Artists of the Year recently exhibited their work and are eagerly awaiting the guild’s exhibition in October.
Charlotte Humphress of Campbellsville was the 2019 CKAG Artist of the Year and Elizabethtown’s Gwen Yarbrough was the 2020 winner.
Humphress said she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t involved in art.
âMy second grade teacher told me that she would be very disappointed if I didn’t become an artist,â Humphress said. “I majored in art at university and taught in public education at all levels.”
She has taught elementary, middle and high school as well as college-level classes.
Due to the situation with COVID, she was not sure whether she could participate in a private exhibition after her artist of the year victory. But then the organizers suggested a joint exhibition with 2020 winner Yarbrough.
âIt was perfect,â she says. âI really enjoyed having this exhibition.
The private exhibition ended last Friday. But, the exhibit for all members of the Central Kentucky Art Guild is scheduled to take place October 4-29.
Yarbrough said she never had any formal art training, but arts and crafts have always interested her.
“It was only in my last years of life that I decided to get into drawing and painting,” she said. “Oil painting classes taught by Dr. Bob Clagett were offered in my church several years ago and I signed up.”
She then took care of other things and put her works aside. About eight years ago, she took a watercolor painting class because she had never tried it before and thought it would be interesting.
âAfter initially feeling intimidated, I was hooked,â she said. “I loved the movement of the watercolor paint and especially the speed at which it dried.”
Since then, watercolor has become his medium of choice. She also makes drawings in pencil and charcoal.
âBeing chosen Artist of the Year for 2020 has been a real honor for me because there are so many talented artists in our guild,â she said. “It gave me a sense of accomplishment and recognition as an artist.”
She said she never called herself an artist, just someone who loved to paint.
When things were closed due to COVID restrictions, she said it gave her time to focus on painting while trying out new techniques and mediums.
âIt was great stress relief,â she said. âGuild members offered online studies and shared what they were doing and encouraged each other to create. “
Her favorite things to paint are portraits, animals, and barns.
âI’m always amazed when I finish a project that I actually created it,â she said. “It’s very rewarding and it’s a lifelong learning experience, the more I paint, the more I learn and hopefully the better I get.”
The art exhibit for all CKAG members begins October 4 and runs through October 29 at the Morrison Art Gallery on the campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.
The first, second, third and honorable mention prizes will be presented at the opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 8.
You can reach Becca Owsley at 270-505-1416 [email protected]