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at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville, Kentucky
By Todd Camplin

Back in the early months of 2002, I had my first large show at Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in
Madisonville, Kentucky. When I drive through Kentucky, I make attempt to visit the center. Inside
the center is the Anne P. Baker Gallery, which wraps around the theater, so the wall space is
quite substantial. Over the years, I have dropped in to see the space, but usually I encounter
group shows. However, this summer I was excited to see a solo show. I say solo, but Kathryn
Waters collaborated with a poet Matthew Graham on a few pieces in the show.
Kathryn Waters is professor of art at the University of Southern Indiana. Waters displayed examples
of her mastery of material and subject matter. Over half of the show was chalk pastels and the
other work was large oil paintings. Her work ranged from landscape in Europe, nighttime
landscapes in the US Midwest, still lives, and architectural features (particularly door fixtures).
Oil on Canvas

Off The Interstate
Oil on Canvas
has no figures. The one painting with a person depicts a woman sleeping with her head turned
away from the viewer. I thought about how all the elements of this show might relate. Door
handles might be details of a trip, the landscapes might be postcard captured moments, and
the still life drawings might be what is consumed on the trip. I am still a little puzzled how the
two depictions of flower arrangements relate. But as one of my professors at UT Dallas said,
many artists goes through a “painting a flower” phase. Maybe these arrangements were
in the hotel.

The paintings were well rendered with the economy of shape and shadow, but idealized in a
When I came across the night scenes painting by Waters, I was instantly reminded of Sarah
Williams works of rural houses and building at night. However, were as Waters gives you the
expected iconic hotel scenes with neon lights, Williams tended to pick the unexpected
subjects and make them iconic. Waters’ musing on the door fixtures was also a bit flat.
I just couldn’t read a strong narrative in these works.  Overall, the exhibition showed a
breadth of her skill as an oil painter and pastel drawer.
Traveler's Rest-Paris
The Long Goodbye
The outdoor sculptures will be on display through September 2017. Ray Katz’s show titled Genesis
If you are passing through Kentucky, check out this huge space in Madisonville.