Exactly 13 years ago, I had my first art show in Augusta, KY. I was new to Kentucky, and wasn’t sure how I would fit in as an artist.
They were having a community festival, called the ‘Turning Of The Leaves Festival’, and the organizers offered me a a space beside “The Beehive Tavern”. That day, I met many of my best friends.
One friend I met that day was a woman named Bertha Hough, who had a Folk Art Shop in a little cabin on main street. She bought some of my pottery at that show, and continued to sell my artwork for years since. She was a constant source of inspiration and encouragement, and played a major role in my development as an artist. Recently, she has passed away, but I will always carry a piece of her in my heart.
I decided to celebrate my anniversary by visiting Augusta, and painting Bertha’s cabin.
I had a great time, and it was like a ‘family reunion’. I was not able to focus 100% on the painting, because I kept seeing old friends, and I would stop to catch up with them.
I did get to finish the painting!