Emerging Artist Hits the Scene

"credit" Jessi SmithHOPKINS COUNTY, KY (2/13/13) – Young emerging artists excite me. They always have. Seeing the first piece an artist has ever created fills me with a renewed passion for art, what it is, and why it is so very important.

That first piece throws open a door to possibilities, tangible emotions, and self expression that sets an artist on a life long quest to share thoughts, feelings, and ideas with others. Art extends far beyond the concept and creation process. The ability to connect with others is a veritable playground for those looking to stamp the world with their imagination. Interestingly enough, we aren’t even always aware of who we might have made an impression on.

Recently, I had the pleasure of talking with 13-year-old Madisonville resident, Kaitlyn Maue. Kaitlyn made an impression on me.

This year, Kaitlyn took first place in the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts' annual Middle School Student Juried Art Exhibit for her piece titled, “Faded Rainbow.”

Although Kaitlyn took home a first place award for her work, she informed me that art was something that was very new to her. She has only been discovering her love of art over the course of the last year.

Kaitlyn attends school at South Hopkins Middle School in Nortonville, KY, which is also where “Faded Rainbow” came into existence.

“We do a lot of projects at school,” says Kaitlyn. “We weren’t given a particular theme to work with when I was making this piece. You could do whatever you wanted. I don’t know why I made this. I just liked it. My teacher picked out the best projects and sent them to the art exhibit.”

Kaitlyn constructed her mixed media sculpture out of Styrofoam, a wire clothes hanger, pantyhose, and paint.

"credit" Jessi Smith
“It’s called ‘Faded Rainbow,’” explains Kaitlyn. “It’s an abstract piece. I bent the hanger some, stuck it into the Styrofoam, pulled the pantyhose over it, and then painted it.”

Upon completing her sculpture, Kaitlyn was unaware it was being submitted to the juried art exhibit.

“At first, I didn’t even know that it was being submitted,” shares Kaitlyn. “I didn’t even know that my teacher liked it. I didn’t think I’d win anything. When I heard that my friend got second place I thought, ‘Oh, I didn’t win anything.’ When the teacher called my name [over the in-room intercom] I was a little shocked. I wasn’t there [at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts] for the contest. I missed school the day that my teacher gave out papers announcing the date for it.”

In addition to winning the first place title, Kaitlyn was awarded $30. What is more important, she has been validated as a creative person in our community, which has inspired her to branch out even further artistically.

“In the future I would like to do something with cakes,” says Kaitlyn. “Maybe I can become a pastry chef.”

In addition to her fascination with creating edible art, Kaitlyn also enjoys playing flute at school, being a member of the color guard team, and writing.

Next year, Kaitlyn will be attending Hopkins County Central High School where she hopes to continue playing flute, performing in the color guard, and taking on some drama classes.

“I enjoy drama,” says Kaitlyn. “We had a drama class in sixth grade, but nobody was really in it. I wasn’t really interested back then. I became interested after the program was closed. I would really like to look into drama classes next year when I start high school.”

Now that Kaitlyn has graced the local arts scene with her presence, I’m sure that I won’t be the only one looking forward to seeing her future creations. After all, what is more exciting than seeing that first impression on the scene? Many feel that it is the art that follows, thereby allowing the community to watch an emerging artist develop and grow.

Sugg Street Post
Written by Jessica Dockrey
Photos by Jessi Smith

1 comment

  • Suzanne Henley
    Suzanne Henley Wednesday, 13 February 2013 23:16 Comment Link

    As one of the judges for this exhibit, I was very intrigued by this entry. The form and colors were very interesting and worthy of receiving first place.

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