Trimble County Photo Exhibit

Cuddie among photographers entered
in Trimble County contest

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

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.

Cuddie Photo
Photo among those
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 as props.
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. “It’s a creative challenge to get the kind of picture they want,” she said. She also finds it a challenge to get a child’s personality to show through. She prefers not to pose a child, but rather let them be themselves.
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 Society’s national juried exhibit. It will include information such as who each artist is, where they live, and details about their paintings.
“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 Nuss.
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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