Art in the Park is next weekend

By Matt Lasley mlasley@civitasmedia.com

May 10, 2014

The second annual Grayson County Alliance Art in the Park will be held next weekend.

To allow for more time to enjoy the juried fine arts and crafts show, the GC Alliance chose to have the event take place over two days this year (Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18) at Leitchfield’s James D. Beville Park.

“Last year was our inaugural one-day show, and this year we’ve extended it to two days with many new and returning participants,” said Event Organizer Rita Stevenson.

Admission to and parking for the event are free, and Art in the Park will begin at 10 a.m. and remain open until 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The growing list of participating artists and craftspeople includes Larry Elmore, of Leitchfield; painter Deborah Browning and her husband, craftsman Dan Browning, both of Alabama; woodworker Josh Dowell; broom and walking stick craftspeople Susan and Skip Peek; jeweler Rhonda Frank, of Leitchfield; mixed-media artist Paula Haynes; oil painters Jeanie Kittinger, of Bremen, and Ken Farris, of Leitchfield; and Helen and Ed Duggan, of The Palm Beach Collection.

“Local art lovers don’t have to travel to Louisville or Nashville to see top-notch art and craft,” Stevenson said.

Prizes will be given to the winners in various artist categories. The Leitchfield Woman’s Club will provide an artists’ breakfast on Saturday morning, and an artists’ reception will be held on Saturday evening.

In addition to hosting booths featuring a number of local and national artists, Art in the Park will also provide art lessons for children, sponsored by Breckinridge-Grayson Head Start and Grayson County Schools, throughout the day on Saturday.

All lessons and materials are free to the public and will be taught by Grayson County High School Advanced Art students under the supervision of their teacher, Beverly Dowell.

Also on Saturday, musical guests Dear Prudence and Take Note, as well as other artists will perform; and on Sunday, the H.W. Wilkey Elementary School choir will provide musical entertainment.

All proceeds from Art in the Park, which is sponsored in part by a grant from Leitchfield Tourism, will benefit the GC Alliance, a charitable organization formed to assist area residents with limited resources.

Parking will be behind Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, and a trolley will shuttle visitors to and from the event. Additional parking will be available in the parking lot of Abney Eye Center, located at 31 Bobby Bland Way in Leitchfield.

For more information, visit the event’s website, www.gcaartinthepark.org, or Facebook page, or call 270-589-1425.