Arts on the Green

Louisville’s Morfeld a self-taught floral artist

Morfeld won last year’s ‘Best of Show’
with her watercolor art

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (June 2005) – After a friend’s husband passed away, Beverly Morfeld took up watercolor painting with her. Painting became a way for her friend to overcome her loss and a way for Morfeld to cultivate her talent.

Beverly Morfeld

Photos provided

Beverly Morfeld is the featured artist
for this month’s ‘Arts on the Green’
in La Grange. Below is one
of her floral paintings.

“It just developed,” said Morfeld of her ability to paint in the watercolor medium. Fifteen years later, Morfeld still finds the watercolor medium a challenge.
“There are so many different ways to paint with it,” she said. The varied techniques have helped Morfeld to define her own style. “The fluidity of the medium seemingly lends itself to creativity.”
Morfeld, 56, searches for a focal point in the florals and still life’s she paints. She often looks for one certain object to zoom in on in her paintings. Instead of painting a vase full of flowers, Morfeld will single out one flower to highlight on her canvas.
Because she won last year’s “Best of Show” award at the annual Arts on the Green fine art show, Morfeld is this year’s featured artist. The fifth annual Arts on the Green will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 4-5 in La Grange.
Morfeld is one of 100 artists participating in this juried art show. This event is sponsored by the Oldham County Arts Association and supported by many Oldham County patrons and businesses.
“There are a number of contributors and sponsors,” said Judy Wegenast, a member of the association and an organizer for Arts on the Green.
Five food vendors will be set up in addition to a children’s booth and a Senior Center booth.

Beverly Morfeld Painting

“With 100 exhibitors, we’re close to being maxed out,” said Wegenast. To aid with parking, a shuttle will run from the Oldham 8 Theaters to Main Street in La Grange. Artist’s booths are displayed on the Courthouse lawn.
Only original artwork is to be exhibited and categories include: 2-D (photography, painting, pencil, charcoal, quilts, collage, rugs, etc.), 3-D (clay, metal, sculpture, baskets, dolls, furniture, glass, gourds) and wearables (jewelry, clothing, accessories). Cash prizes are awarded in these categories in addition to a Best of Show award.
Judging will be done at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 4, with awards announced at a special ceremony the same day. The process of selecting winners is conducted by selected judges who “have a knowledge in the primary areas,” said Wegenast.
Donna Watts is one of three judges for this year’s fine art show. Watts is a former graphics designer for the Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center and met Wegenast while in this position. Because of their acquaintance, Wegenast asked Watts to judge.
Watts said she feels honored to have been asked to judge. She is excited to be a part of what she called a prestigious fine art show, because “there are so many art fairs for the community to support like this one. This one and Ursuline and St. James (both in Louisville) are among the best,” said Watts.
The fact that it is a juried event adds to the quality of the overall event, said Watts. Instead of providing a show of only one type of medium, Arts on the Green provides a more enjoyable experience for patrons by showcasing a variety of fine handcrafted artwork.
For the last five years, Watts has been Desktop Publishing Coordinator for the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville. She handles all of the museum’s design work for promotional material.
An artist herself, Watts has worked in different mixed media. She earned an associate degree in graphic arts from Jefferson Community College and has created greeting cards, posters and freelance projects, such as designing coloring books for McDonald’s. Watts has also been an exhibitor in the Ursaline Art Fair.
In the past, Morfeld has won various awards for her exhibits in the St. James Court Art Show, Prospect Art Show, Aquaventure, Central Kentucky Art Guild Show and the Kentucky Watercolor Society All Members Show. Her work was chosen for a solo exhibit in St. Louis, but she no longer exhibits in as many local and regional art shows as she once did.
Morfeld’s watercolors took center stage in a feature for “American Artist Magazine” in December 1999. Morfeld said, “The aim of art is to raise the commonplace; to create a piece of work that “speaks” to someone.”
Working from her home studio in Louisville, Morfeld spends an average of three weeks on a painting. Some of her larger finished paintings measure 22x30 inches, unframed.
Although she likes her home studio, called River’s Edge Studio, Morfeld will soon have a second studio in the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center. This is so she can be surrounded by other artists and enjoy the camaraderie that it will provide.
She is a member of various watercolor organizations and has exhibited her work at many local galleries. This list includes Liberty Gallery, Landmark Gallery, Lionheart Gallery, Arts on Main (Shelbyville, Ky.), 2002 Southern Watercolor Society’s’ 25th Annual Exhibition in Baton Rouge, La., and the 2004 and 2005 Artemesia Watercolor Exhibition in Louisville.
Morfeld praised organizers of Arts on the Green, complimenting the “nice atmosphere” that exists for the artists and public alike. She said her greatest reward is when someone takes one of her paintings home to hang their wall.
“It is my hope that the joy I receive through watercolor, with its endless and fascinating challenges, comes through in my paintings,” she said.

• For more information on Arts on the Green, visit: www.oldhamcountyarts.com.

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