on the Green
uses natures pottery to craft her art
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (June 2007) Trial and error
has led Marilyn Broughton to choose a part-time career as a gourd artist.
Thinking gourds were pretty in their natural state, Broughton knew she
could add her own artistic flair to make her creations uniquely hers.
When beginning one of her gourd creations, Broughton is inspired by
the gourd itself. The shape, texture, and size of the viney annual combine
so that the gourd tells me what it will become, said Broughton.
Broughton of Shelbyville, Ky., adds
her own touch to enhance
the beauty of nature.
She began displaying her gourds at an art show in Midway,
Ky., last year and has attended several shows since then, also having
her artwork displayed at the Oldham County Arts Center in Crestwood.
Broughton was a Best of Show winner in last years Arts on the
Green juried fine art show held in La Grange.
It was very uplifting to do my work and have someone else judge
it, OK or not OK, for such a prestigious show, said Broughton.
She will be participating in the 2007 Arts on the Green from 10 a.m.
until 5 p.m. on June 2-3.
Held on the Oldham County Courthouse lawn, this premier art show will
feature 120 artists showcasing all forms of art, with the exception
of performance art. Arts on the Green has been so successful because
it is a juried show, said Judy Wegenast, vice president and Arts on
the Green director.
Another contributing factor to its popularity is the location. La
Grange is very appealing, said Wegenast. Its a quaint,
More than $1,700 in awards will be given out, with First, Second, and
Third Place awards given for 2-D, 3-D and Wearables. One artist will
be selected for the Best of Show award, and another for the Best of
Show Booth award.
Wegenast said the Arts Association of Oldham County, which organizes
this show, continually tries to refine it. It gets better each
Half of the participating artists are returning artists from last year,
along with many local artists. The association also brings in new artists
to keep the show fresh, said Wegenast. Gallery 104 will be open on Main
Street during the show to display various members artwork.
One of the main goals of the association is to provide an opportunity
for its 149 members to display their work locally, said Marion Gibson,
the associations board president. She sees the organization as
a service-provider in that it is constantly bringing the arts
to Oldham County, through such events as Arts on the Green.
Based on a waiting list that keeps growing, We anticipate an excellent
show this year, said Wegenast. This is just further proof that
the show is continuing to expand in the artists community.
titled Cat Fantasy.
Gourd arts popularity peaked a few years ago and is still
a popular art form, said Wegenast. Many artists paint, engrave and embellish
their gourds with polymer clay to give it added dimension.
Last year was Broughtons first year to participate in Arts on
the Green, and she walked away with the Best of Show Award for her kettle
gourd piece titled, Cat Fantasy. An image of her intensely
colorful work is being used in an association poster to promote the
Broughton said she has always done art in one form or another.
She is a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.
Broughton uses gourds of different sizes to craft her ornamental pieces.
When contemplating a new gourd design, Broughton first conceives a general
idea of what she wants to do. Next she draws out a design two or three
times on the gourd until shes satisfied with it.
She then uses a wood burner to make a deep incision of her idea on the
gourd, sands it and adds color using dyes or colored pencils. She finishes
it with a clear coat and a pen filled with gold ink.
Originally from Shelbyville, Ky., her artwork is featured in different
locations in other states. In Florida, she completed artwork for Outback
Steakhouse that consisted of 3-D kangaroos.
Crafting gourds is somewhat time consuming for Broughton, who works
for the Shelby County School system. I do it for the mentality
of it, she said.
Every piece is an original. No two are alike.
Marilyn Broughtons work can be viewed
at www.arti2ude.com. For more information on Arts on the Green, contact
the Arts Association office at (502) 222-3822 or visit: www.artsassociationofoldhamcounty.org.
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