County Photo Exhibit
among photographers entered
in Trimble County contest
Helen E. McKinney
BEDFORD, Ky. (October 2004) Bonnie Cuddie
likes to photograph small children, pets, weddings and, well, just about
anything. Her passion for the camera has taken her from the amateur
to professional level.
entered in the photo
contest by Bonnie Cuddie.
With her best friend by her side as mentor, Cuddie learned
that she could turn her hobby into a lucrative career. This friend,
Kathy Garcia, taught me everything, said Cuddie.
Cuddie has become so good at what she does that she was asked to enter
the 2004 Trimble County Arts Council Photography Exhibit. This exhibit
of local photographers artwork from the tri-county area and Indiana
will be on display at the Trimble County Public Library through the
month of October.
This is an open exhibit and photographers were asked to enter no more
than four pieces each. Although the Sept. 28 deadline has passed, requirements
included the following: photographs must be Hang Ready (matted
or framed) and no larger than but not limited to 16 by 20.
The Council made exceptions for any entrants that had an existing enlarged
or framed photo exceeding this size.
The Trimble County Arts Council plays hosts to several annual events
in the community throughout the year. The council does enough small-scale
fund raising to accumulate funds to sponsor an annual High School Art
Show, said secretary Penny Pennybaker. An annual May Art Exhibit includes
local painters and three-dimensional artists.
This is the first time the arts council has sponsored a photography
exhibit, said Pennybaker. A lot of people heard about it and wanted
to enter, she said.
The exhibit will hang at the library so that Trimble County residents
can view the talented artists from their area. Amateurs and professionals
alike were able to enter this exhibit, whereas professionals are usually
barred from participating in photography exhibits, said Cuddie.
She saw this exhibit as a good opportunity to showcase her talent. Cuddie
started out in the photography business working under Garcia, who owns
Creative Images photography studio in Louisville. For Cuddie, photography
began as something fun to do, but she turned serious about
it after working for Garcia. She previously operated Candid Moments
Photography in Madison, Ind.
Cuddie went into business for herself three years ago. She previously
operated her business, Candid Moments Photography, in Madison, Ind.
She is now building a studio on her farm in Trimble County, where she
and her husband keep retired race horses. The horses are often used
Like an old-fashioned doctor, Cuddie said she likes to make house calls.
Kids and pets are more relaxed at home. Cuddie has photographed
sports events, senior portraits, weddings and pets.
Cuddie likes the variety of people she meets through her photography
business, all with different personalities and character traits. Its
a creative challenge to get the kind of picture they want, she
said. She also finds it a challenge to get a childs personality
to show through. She prefers not to pose a child, but rather let them
To draw interest to this exhibit and artists in the local area, the
library will hold a slide show from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 5. Kentucky
Watercolor Society founding director Jim Nuss will give this presentation.
Nuss, who owns a farm in Trimble County, has been a member of the Trimble
County Arts Council for the last four years. His narrative will focus
on artists from Aqueous USA 2002 and 2003, the Kentucky
Watercolor Societys national juried exhibit. It will include information
such as who each artist is, where they live, and details about their
I was selected in the 2002 show, said Nuss. He had come
out of a 17-year retirement from the watercolor genre to enter the exhibit.
His inclusion in Aqueous USA 2002 garnered him a spot among
a select group of Artist Members. Only one out of every ten entrants
make this national show.
Prominent artists enter this show, said Nuss. Many have
written one or more books about teaching watercolor painting. His presentation
will showcase some of the finest works of watercolor in the country
because of the national coverage Aqueous USA receives, said
This presentation will afford the opportunity for people to see
some really fine watercolor works, Nuss said. His own expertise
about the watercolor genre will enhance the presentation.
For more information on the photography exhibit, call the library
at (502) 255-7362.
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