By Matt Lasley firstname.lastname@example.org
May 21, 2014
The second annual Grayson County Alliance Art in the Park was held successfully this past weekend, Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18.
Event Organizer Rita Stevenson said she is pleased with the event, which was held at James D. Beville Park in Leitchfield.
“The artists seemed happy, and comments have been positive,” she said.
This year saw the addition of a second day to the event to allow for more opportunities for community participation.
GCA Member Dennis Kiper said of the event, “We’re thankful for the community coming out and supporting us. We hope to get bigger every year.”
Paula Haynes, a mixed-media artist from Clarkson, said she received numerous visitors to her booth and made several sales during the event, which “made it more than worth my while to be here.”
Grayson County High School Art Teacher Beverly Dowell, who supervised children’s art lessons during the event, said the lessons saw a “wonderful turnout…The kids have really enjoyed it.”
During the regularly scheduled Monday, May 19 Leitchfield City Council meeting, the City Councilmembers and other City Officials discussed Art in the Park and took the opportunity to commend all who helped make it possible.
City Councilman Kelly Stevenson said he wished to thank City Public Works, who provided supplies for the event; the Leitchfield Police Department, who provided traffic monitoring; the City Councilmembers who worked during the event; Mayor William Thomason for his support; City Tourism for its assistance and grant funding; the Grayson County Detention Center for providing labor; Leitchfield Christian Academy for providing concessions; and the local schools for providing entertainment.
“I was proud to see all of our people out there working,” Stevenson said.
City Councilman Harold Miller, who assisted with the event’s entertainment, said he wished to thank the musicians who who performed during the event.
“They donated their time, and we certainly appreciate that,” Miller said. “The only benefit they get is helping others.”
Prizes for the 2014 Art in the Park were given out to the artists with the best work in numerous categories. The winners are as follows:
Elementary School: Second grader John Smith for “Night Skyline of Amsterdam.”
Middle School: Jacob Blair for “Northern Flicker.”
High School: Cierra Eubank for “Pile.”
College: Chelsea Pharris for “Basic.”
Jewelry: Rhonda Frank for “Nautilus.”
Textiles: Helen and Ed Duggan for “Sheepskin Bear.”
Stained Glass: Linda House, of the Ohio Co. Art Guild, for “In Flight.”
Wood: Susan and Skip Peak for “Breaks All the Rules.”
Mixed Media: Paula Haynes for “It Is Never Too Late.”
Painting: Jeanie Kittenger for “Caught.”
Leitchfield Woman’s Club Best in Show: Helen and Ed Duggan for “Sheepskin Bear.”
People’s Choice Award: Jeannie Kittenger’s Booth.
Rita Stevenson said the GCA will likely meet within a week to start planning for the 2015 Art in the Park.