Louisville Arts at the Summit
has the touch for oil painting
will join nearly 150 other
artists in fifth annual art show
Helen E. McKinney
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 2012) Pamela Couchs
whole life has centered around art. Her world is brightly colored with
the images she chooses to paint upon canvas, using brilliant hues to
make them stand out on their own.
After teaching art for 29 years at North Harrison Middle School in Sellersburg,
Ind., Couch has retired to devote most of her time to her passion, painting.
Im constantly learning and seeking out different ways I
want to express my work to viewers, said Couch.
Couch (above) was an
art teacher for 29 years.
Couch will be one of many artists participating in the
fifth annual Louisville Festival of the Arts at the Summit, to be held
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9-10. This free juried outdoor
art festival held at The Summit in Louisville, showcases 150 artists
and crafters from 30 states.
Born in Louisville, Couch has lived most of her life in Sellersburg,
Ind. She actually started her career as a fashion illustrator at age
Couch went on to earn bachelors and masters degrees in education
from Indiana University Southeast. She studied at the Louisville School
of Art, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and mentored under
nationally renowned artists.
In addition to her career as a middle school art teacher, Couch has
taught watercolor classes and given private lessons in drawing and watercolor.
I do a lot of reading about what other artists do and how they
look at things, said Couch.
In her own artwork, she now focuses mainly on oil painting. In her work
the colors are bright. I use a lot of transparent oils and build
layers. It gives my work a brighter look and more depth. These
aspects of her oil painting carry over from her background in watercolor.
I pick subjects according to what interests me at the time,
Couch said. She often paints from photographs she has taken of something
that has caught the attention of her artists eye.
Living in the country has caused her to take note of the emphasis
light has on a subject. I have painted a lot of water reflections. My
main focus is on bringing out the light, in her artwork, she said.
The Arts at the Summit show will feature artistic media such as paintings,
sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry and
mixed media. Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company, develops and
presents arts and craft shows such as this one throughout the country.
I do a lot of Howard Alan shows from Miami to Chicago, said
artist Fred Weisener of Maysville, Ky. Like many artists, Weisener has
a circuit he travels and he has been able to include this show for the
first time in his circuit this year.
Weisener is a native of Houston who was raised in Arkansas, attended
graduate school in New York, moved to North Carolina, Pennsylvania and
eventually settled in Kentucky. He works in clay sculpture and his pieces
can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville and
the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, Ky.
Most of my undergraduate work was done in Fine Arts. Ive
been classically trained in the arts. Weisener said he switched
from painting to creating clay sculptures because of the immediacy clay
affords him artistically.
Weisener has worked in the arts for more than 40 years, beginning his
career professionally in 1971. He described his work as taking an Art
Deco approach to clay. He creates slab-rolled, one-of-a-kind figures
that are fashion statements of the Art Deco period from 1915 to
He likes the beautiful, clear, pure lines with the patterns present
during this period, he said. My glazes are colors used by
Vogue magazine in the 1920s.
Weiseners grandfather was a fashion illustrator for The Delineator
magazine in the late 1800s.
I looked at his work and thought maybe I could do fashion in clay.
The result is a unique spin on the art deco fashion world. His work
can be found in numerous private and corporate collections in North
and South America, Europe, Saudi Arabia and Japan. My work speaks
for itself, said Weisener.
For more information, visit: www.ArtFestival.com,
or call (561) 746-6615. The Summit is located at 9401 Brownsboro Rd.,
Louisville, at Exit 34 off the Gene Snyder Freeway.
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