on the Green
Morfeld a self-taught floral artist
won last years Best of Show
with her watercolor art
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (June 2005) After a friends
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.
Morfeld is the featured artist
for this months 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 lifes
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 years Best of Show award at the
annual Arts on the Green fine art show, Morfeld is this years
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
Five food vendors will be set up in addition to a childrens booth
and a Senior Center booth.
With 100 exhibitors, were 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. Artists 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 years 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
museums 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 McDonalds. 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.
Morfelds 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
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 Rivers 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 Societys 25th Annual Exhibition
in Baton Rouge, La., and the 2004 and 2005 Artemesia Watercolor Exhibition
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,
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