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Theresa Shelton, an artist from Vine Grove, was selected as an exhibitor in the first Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall fine arts fair Labor Day weekend in downtown Frankfort.
Shelton specializes in tranquil scenes from the Midwest and still life paintings from the garden.
Art has been a part of her life since youth, and she was able to become a full-time artist last year.
“Being able to devote more time to painting and exploring my creative side is very satisfying,” she said. “It seems that nature is a common thread that runs through my work which includes landscapes, wildlife and still lives in a style that I refer to as impressionistic realism.”
She primarily works with oils but does enjoy other mediums such as pastel and water color.
Shelton likes to have a personal connection to her work.
“There has to be an excitement about a subject before I can put it on canvas,” she said. “Going out to paint or sketch on location and taking my own reference photos helps me form a connection to a place.”
She considers her inclusion in the Frankfort event an honor.
“The committee for the art fair wanted top artists from the region to be involved and I’m thrilled to be included in that talented group,” Shelton said.
About 50 artists were invited to take part in the fair Saturday and Sunday.
The two-day event is in the gardens of Liberty Hall Historic site at 202 Wilkinson St., near the Kentucky River. Admission is $3.
“It is a beautiful area to spend a day roaming through the garden perusing the fine art and crafts that will be offered for sale,” Shelton said.
Booths include ornate glass, handcrafted dolls and scrimshaw designs. Scarves, cutting boards from native woods and pots decorated with designs imprinted by horse hair are available for purchase.
Live music, children’s art, food vendors, downtown Frankfort events and open houses at Liberty Hall and Orlando Brown House also will take place this weekend.
For more information about the event, go to www.artinthegardensatlibertyhall.org. To learn more about Shelton’s work, go to www.theresashelton.com or visit Atria in Elizabethtown or Wild Daisy Gallery and Gifts in Vine Grove to view some of her work.
Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.