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Public to have chance to vote on favorite artwork

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By Mary Barczak

SHEPHERDSVILLE--When Susan Gardner heard about the ARTfest contest last month she knew instantly she wanted to participate.

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“I’m a big fan of the Bullitt County Public Library,” said the Shepherdsville resident.

The festival was started this year, said Patrick Yaeger, who works in the outreach department of the library, as a way for the community to display their art while celebrating National Women’s History month.

The library asked patrons, ages 14 and older, to create a piece which depicted a woman of courage, commitment and character.

Besides being an artist, Gardner also felt a personal connection to this year’s theme.

She was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and began chemotheraphy. Working on her painting became her outlet for her frustration.

“It helped me to focus on something that had some good positive energy,” Gardner said.

The women she chose as the subject for her acrylic painting was Malala Yousafzai, the young woman who survived being shot in the head by Taliban.

“It was a clear choice. What happened to that little girl is amazing, the courage and grace she displayed is extraordinary,” she said. “She’s so inspirational.”

Gardner said she will definitely be entering the contest again next year if it returns.

Yaeger said they’ve had a great response to ARTfest with 25 entries submitted already.

“We’ve filled the art wall,” he said.

Starting Monday, Ridgway Memorial visitors will have a chance to vote for their favorite three artworks at the circulation desk until Saturday.

The winners will be announced at the month with prizes such as a one year membership to Bernheim Forest, a glassblowing session at Hawks View Gallery and Glass Studio and free art classes from Small Town Gallery.

To view the entries visit the library’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/bcplib.