Member Monday

Member Monday - Wilma Bethel

How did you first get involved with LVA? 

My second year of teaching, in the Jefferson county school system, the Art supervisor, Norma Brown asked me if I wanted to teach talented and gifted students after school I said yes and the rest is history.

When did you first know that art was going to be a big part of your life?    

My first memories are of me trying to create something out of nothing.  I was four or five years old. Creating sculpture out of mud, drawing on my bed room walls, drawing in books, and boy did I get in lots of trouble.

  What does LVA add to your life?

LVA gives me a sense of accomplishment, when I help creative students develop their Artistic gifts.

 How else are you involved in the community?

I am active in my church, I am still active at my formal school, I’m in the process of creative a garden club in my neighborhood, and I volunteer at summer camps during the summer.

Describe your perfect Sunday afternoon.

My perfect Sunday afternoon would be reading a book in my beautiful garden, (smile).

Who is your favorite local artist?

William Duffy

Where would you like to see Louisville 10 years from now?

I would like to see more Art Galleries, more local students involved in the creative process, I would like to see peace and harmony among all people (I think I’m still living in the 60’s).  All of that would be great, but I would settle for a progressive city in all respects.

What neighborhood do you live in? What are some of your favorite things about it?

I live in the Shawnee Neighborhood.  I love living next to Shawnee Park— I'm only about 200 feet away.  I love walking on the river walk in the early morning seeing the ground fog in the distance. I love the sounds of nature that come with living so near a park, and I love seeing all the animals that no one knows they exist in Shawnee Park: Deer, Fox, Hawks ... I love all those things about my neighborhood.

 What three items would you bring to a desert island?

Art supplies, Books, Music

What advice would you give your past self if you could?

I analyzed everything all the time, over and over and over again.  Self, that was a waist of time.