COVID may have caused a delay in being able to show off their art, but the Central Kentucky Art Guild’s 2019 and 2020 artists of the year recently displayed their work and look forward to the guild exhibit in October.

Charlotte Humphress of Campbellsville was the CKAG 2019 artist of the year and Gwen Yarbrough of Elizabethtown was the 2020 winner.

Humphress said she can’t remember a time she wasn’t involved in art.

“My second-grade teacher told me she would be very disappointed if I didn’t grow up to be an artist,” Humphress said. “I majored in art in college and have taught in public schooling all levels.”

She’s taught in elementary, middle and high school as well as college level classes.

Because of the situation with COVID, she wasn’t sure she would be able to participate in a private exhibit after her artist of the year win. But then, organizers suggested a joint exhibit with 2020’s winner, Yarbrough.

“That was perfect,” she said. “I’ve really enjoyed having this exhibit.”

The private exhibit ended last Friday. But, the Central Kentucky Art Guild all member show is slated to take place Oct. 4-29.

Yarbrough said she never had formal training in art, but arts and crafts have always interested her.

“It wasn’t until my later years in life that I decided to take a stab at drawing and painting,” she said. “Classes in oil painting taught by Dr. Bob Clagett were offered at my church several years ago and I signed up.”

She then got busy with other things and put her artwork aside. About eight years ago she took a watercolor painting class because she had never tried it before and thought it would be interesting.

“After initially feeling intimidated, I was hooked,” she said. “I loved the movement of the watercolor paint and especially how fast it dried.”

Since that time, watercolors have become her go to medium. She also does drawings in pencil and charcoal.

“Being chosen Artist of the year for 2020 was a real honor for me because there are so many talented artists in our guild,” she said. “It gave me a feeling of accomplishment and recognition as an artist.”

She said she never labeled herself as an artist, just someone who liked to paint.

When things were shut down due to COVID restrictions, she said it gave her time to focus on painting while trying new techniques and mediums.

“It was a great stress reliever,” she said. “Guild members offered online studies and shared what they were doing and encouraging one another to create.”

Her favorite things to paint are portraits, animals and barns.

“I am always amazed when I finish a project that I actually created it,” she said. “It is very rewarding and it’s a continuing learning experience, the more I paint the more I learn and hopefully the better I become.”

The CKAG All Member Art Show begins Oct. 4 and runs through Oct. 29 at the Morrison Art Gallery on the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College campus.

First, second, third and honorable mention awards will be presented at the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 8.

For information about the art show, email centralkyartguild@outlook.com.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1416 bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1416 bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

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