Although Richey was an art teacher at Greensburg Community High School, retiring 12 years ago after 35 years, she confessed, “I’m not really a painter; I’m more of a print maker – wood- and linoleum-cut prints.”
Regardless, she added, as Chairwoman of the Art Gallery Committee, it’s her job to lend all the support she can to all of the Art Council’s functions.
Judy Glower chose the corner of Broadway and Washington, right by the mailbox at MainSource Bank, to recreate her slice of the city. Like Richey, Glower is a retired art teacher, having called it a career in 2001 with the closing of the old Jerman Elementary School.
“I was there 18 years,” she said, “but I was a teacher for 34 years, all of it at schools around Greensburg.”
Unlike Richey, Glower considers herself a fulltime painter. She didn’t discover her love for the medium until high school, she said. Due to a transfer during high school and quirks between the schedules of the two schools she attended, she wasn’t able to take her first art class until the final semester of senior year. It didn’t matter though, and she graduated Butler University ready to step into the classroom.
During her first few years as a teacher, she explained, she continued pursuing her love of oil painting in her spare time. Then, sometime in her 20s, she began having a reaction to the smell of the turpentine-based paints and could no longer stand to use them.
She wouldn’t paint again as a hobby until she discovered water colors in her 40s.
“I took a class here in town,” she said, “and fell in love with it.”
She’s been painting ever since, and is a member of both the Indiana and the Kentucky Water Color Societies. She regularly attends workshops through both of those, allowing her to study under notable artists from around the country. She has even been part of organized “painting trips” to both Italy and France to hone her skills.
During the two trips to Europe, she stayed in the country at night, but went out during the day for day trips where she and her groups took pictures or did sketches. At night, they returned to their lodgings to paint recreations of the pictures or sketches.
Next month, she’s off to Boone N.C., for a workshop at Cheap Joes.
“I’m a workshop junky,” she said.
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