Henry County Art Guild Show
Two Henry County teenagers
to display their artist talent at show
Wayman, Stivers got an early start
with their artistic skills
Henry Co. Art Guild Show
• 10-4 Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Henry County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 421 in New Castle, Ky.
• (502) 845-4560
NEW CASTLE, Ky. (September 2019) – At an age when most teenagers would be involved in sports or consumed with their iPads and cell phones, Tyler Wayman spends most of his free time painting. At age 13 he is already an accomplished landscape artist and has his sights set on making a career out of it.
Wayman, who lives in Eminence, Ky., is self taught. “I learned from watching (artist instructor and TV host) Bob Ross. I thought it would be incredible to do this same thing. I asked my parents to get me some paints,” and since then the teen has mastered the art of oil painting.
Ross was known for his fast and easy painting technique of “wet-on-wet.” He reached millions of art lovers with his highly popular KET program, “The Joy of Painting.”
“I mainly paint landscapes,” he said, “and some animals, seascapes and flowers. I learned to paint flowers from watching Gary Jenkins.” Jenkins is known as TV’s No. 1 floral painting artist.
Avery Stivers poses at the Kentucky State Fair with a picture he made out of tobacco sticks. The piece earned a blue ribbon in the FFA Agricultural Mechanics category.
Wayman, a student at Eminence Middle School, said he loves to work with oils because “of the blendability. There are some restrictions,” but he prefers this medium over others although he has worked in acrylics. He paints on 16x20-inch canvas and it usually takes him one hour to paint a scene.
Last year he joined the Henry County Arts & Craft Guild and immediately made an impression on members with his work. “He does beautiful work,” said guild member Sharon Silvers. “He has come so far.”
Wayman will be one of more than 20 artists represented in the 20th annual Henry County Arts & Craft Guild Art Show, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. The show will take place at the Henry County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 421 near New Castle.
For sale will be paintings, dolls, leather goods, purses, wooden products, outdoor art, soaps and a variety of additional items, said Silvers, show chairman. “The work is all high quality artwork.”
She said this will “be the 20th year for the guild.” She believes it has lasted so long because “of the deep interest in arts in the community. People want it to continue. We have a lot of talented artists in our community.”
Along with his oil paintings, Wayman will have for sale ceramic floor tiles (some framed) and 6x6-inch magnets.
Members such as Wayman joined the guild because in addition to guild shows, other artist opportunities are discussed at meetings. He participated in one of them, the Henry County Harvest Showcase, in July.
Tyler Wayman of Eminence, Ky., poses with one of his paintings.
He said he joined the guild because “my dad heard about it. It’s a great way to move forward.” Wayman plans to someday go to college in California for animation.
Stivers said he is always trying to come up with “new stuff for future shows. I expect to have work at a couple more shows in the future.”
Another new member of the guild is Avery Stivers, 15. His father, Stephen, is also a member of the guild. Both make items from wood.
“My dad got me interested in woodworking,” said Stivers, “and I perfected what I make.”
He said he has always been “in my dad’s shop, messing around.” After learning the basic process, Stivers came up with a unique idea for a craft item: Henry County shaped cutting boards.
“I had seen Kentucky shaped cutting boards,” he said. He began making his variation out of tobacco sticks in late July and early August and sold his first one at the Henry County Harvest Showcase earlier this year.
He makes two sizes of the tobacco stick cutting boards: a smaller seven-inch board that sells for $25 and a larger 11-inch that sells for $45. After fashioning them, he planes them down “to see the inside of the wood and the different color variations.” He next applies a food-safe oil, and they are ready to use.
Stivers, whose family lives outside of New Castle, said he and his father usually don’t collaborate on items. His father works “more with the lathe, making bowls, and rolling pins.”
He has taken woodworking classes similar to what he learned from his dad, at Henry County High School, where he is a student. Stivers plans on becoming an engineer one day. He says it’s a career he finds he can relate to all of the skills he uses in woodworking.
He has also tried his hand at metal working by making garden art in the form of chain link butterflies. “He is full of all kinds of ideas,” said Silvers. “We like to promote young people in our community like him.”
The thing Stivers likes best about woodworking is “seeing how it all comes together, especially the tobacco sticks. I never really know what it will look like” when finished.
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