Association of Oldham County
opens gallery on La Granges Main St.
is designed to promote local art
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (April 2007) Marion Gibson
has always appreciated art, galleries and artist receptions. It seemed
only natural to her that she join the Arts Association of Oldham County
to foster her interest.
by Helen E. McKinney
Association of Oldham County
board president Marion Gibson (left)
and association president Melissa Ward
pose in the new Gallery 104 in La Grange.
She is now president of the association, and it is her
goal to help develop artistic events in Oldham County. For the last
decade, the association has been responsible for bringing about a greater
awareness of the arts in Oldham County.
It is now set to open an art gallery called Gallery 104 on La Granges
Main Street. The association is planning a grand opening event for the
gallery from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on May 10. Cookin Up the
Arts is designed to be a fundraising progressive dinner on Main
Street that also celebrates the associations 10-year anniversary.
Tickets are $35 per person and will allow participants to sample hors
doeuvres, live music, a silent auction, Norma Jeans Trackside,
Irish Rover Too, and conclude at Gallery 104 for desert and champagne.
Both restaurants will have a cash bar.
Gallery 104 is the result of the associations recent move from
the Oldham County Arts Center in Crestwood. This move provides a more
visible, centralized spot for exhibitors, said Gibson. We needed
a larger facility.
The association wanted to provide gallery space in a building that was
easier for members to get to. The Mary Shands family of Prospect donated
office furniture for the new gallery.
The association is renting an 1,800-square-foot space in what used to
be Heads Drugstore. After renovations are complete, the space
will house exhibitions and contain a rear room available for rentals.
This room will also be used to provide programs and workshops.
The association plans to hold about 10 shows and receptions a year.
Its most popular events so far have been Arts on the Green juried art
show on the courthouse lawn, the Concert on the Square, and the Bluegrass
Independent Film Festival.
This is the first and only non-profit gallery in the county,
said Gibson. It has been designed for artists to display their talent
and to provide educational opportunities for the community.
An outlet for artistic and cultural activities is really important for
the community to be successful, said Melissa Ward, the associations
Ward says she wants to foster more community involvement with the arts
and recruit new association members. The association presently has 149
active members. This number has drastically increased from the 83 individuals
who were members when Ward assumed the directorship last year.
The goal of the association was and still is to bring the Arts
to Oldham County, Ward said.
Founding member Donna Miller said this goal is being accomplished in
small steps. She called the move to Main Street a wonderful opportunity.
From the beginning, it has been a dream of members to promote the arts.
Three years ago, the association began giving away scholarships to students
who wanted to pursue art as a career.
Artists from Westport, Ky., are contributing by donating $500 to be
given away in the form of a scholarship. Were an umbrella
organization, trying to help every way we can, said Miller. And
what better way than through a scholarship program?
The association received a $1,000 grant on Feb. 13 from the Kentucky
Arts Council for general operating expenses. The group has applied for
a $10,000 grant from Oldham County Fiscal Court and may apply for additional
We need upwards of $5,000 at this point, said Gibson. By
years end, this amount could increase to $15,000 to $20,000.
We are in a unique situation now, said Ward. Were
a whole new entity. We want to show others how to appreciate art.
For more information. call (502) 222-3822 or
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