Arts on the Green
events added to annual
art fair in downtown La Grange
Wagon, Breakfast with Artists on tap
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (June 2012) Since its conception,
Arts on the Green festival has become a well-established juried art
and craft show held the first weekend in June in La Grange. The event
draws more than 100 arts and craftspeople, and thousands of visitors
searching for something different in terms of art.
This years director, Mary Klausing, has put together a true
festival, said Marion Gibson, former director of Arts on the Green.
The Arts Association of Oldham County is responsible for organizing
this event and any proceeds generated by related events support the
on the Green will celebrate
its 13th year and has grown
into a large show.
An art basket raffle is being held for the second year
in a row because it was so popular last year, said Gibson. Artists
donate a piece and the Arts on the Green committee members put together
three baskets valued from $150 to $450.Winners last year were very pleased
with their winnings from a $5 ticket.
Many new aspects have been added to this years event as well.
A Chuck Wagon tent will be set up from 5-10 p.m. Saturday. Artists and
ticket holders will be able to begin dinner with a cocktail hour at
Gallery 104. They can then visit the Chuck Wagon tent for a catered
dinner by Pink Baron, a storytelling presentation of 1st Lieutenant
C.S. Wood, who served as an aid during the Nez Pearce Indian War of
1877 and live music.
Another addition to the 13th annual Arts on the Green festival is the
experience and expertise Mike and Vonnie Glover will add to the festival.
The couple is responsible for providing the Christmas light show on
the Courthouse square last year. They will add to the lighting,
sound systems and overall planning of this event, Gibson said.
This year will be the first time for Breakfast with the Artists
at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 3. Food vendors will offer breakfast items and
inspirational gospel music will be provided by Denise Watts Wilson.
Sunday morning is a great time to shop while its a bit less
crowded, and now with live music, said Gibson.
There will be plenty of shopping opportunities with approximately 110
booths set up. This is also a great experience for artists to further
their careers. Gibson said that in the case of artist Amy Welborn, winning
Best of Show at her first Arts on the Green event, more than likely
convinced her to take her talent to a professional level.
Artist Richard Luce is one of the biggest nationally successful
and far reaching artists in our organization with pieces in Jackson,
Wyo., and San Antonio, Gibson said. The Art of Richard Luce:
Western and Historical Art will be on display at the Oldham County
History Centers Rob Morris Chapel Educational Building from May
31 to June 3, during Arts on the Green.
Luce has done it all and his paintings reflect his experiences in nature.
From hiking in the back country of California, Canada, Utah, Montana,
Wyoming and Alaska to dressing and camping in primitive gear, he has
travel west to see first hand what he has a passion to paint.
He has devoted his life to portraying the history of the American West
that he loves. Luce has a special knack for depicting the primitive
lifestyles of the pioneers and Native American peoples.
He is a firm believer that art should convey a sense of wonder
to the viewer. One should never tire of looking at it, but should always
feel the excitement of new discoveries.
Held in conjunction with the Arts on the Green festival will be the
Colonial Trade Faire at the Oldham County History Center. Luces
work ties the two events, one modern and one reminiscent of life in
the 18th century, together.
Tickets for the Chuck Wagon catered dinner
are $40 a ticket. For more information about Arts on the Green, contact
the Arts Association of Oldham County at (502) 222-3822 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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