Learn to Make a Basket

The Arts Commission makes it easy for you to learn a new skill AND help preserve one of Kentucky’s most treasured art forms.  Join us on June 29th from 9:00 – 12:30 at Constitution Square and you will complete the Shaker basket shown above from start to finish.  Teresa Arnold will guide you and all basket materials and tools are provided.  At the completion of the class you will have your basket, skills and the tools to continue on your own. Class is $30.00 all tools and materials included.  Email arts@historicdanvilleky.com to register.

Art-full Affair – May 16th and 17th

Dry Branch in Springtime will be offered at live auction during the Draw Party on May 17th.  Don’t miss your opportunity to add this outstanding piece to your collection from acclaimed artist, Sheldon Tapley.  Sheldon donated the work to benefit the McKune Scholarship Fund at the Arts Commission named in honor of his friend, the late Tom McKune, who served on the Board of the Arts Commission for several years.  Tickets to the event are limited.  Contact the Arts Commission for information.  Many additional pieces of art will be available in the draw.  Everyone leaves with something wonderful and the children of our community benefit.

Gallery Hop Returns – June 6, 5:30 – 8:00

The Arts Commission will once again brighten up downtown Danville with the Gallery Hop the evening before the Great American Brass Band Festival.  The annual event will feature an expanded number of venues, artists and food.  Follow Arts Commission on Facebook for hints about surprise locations, artists and special displays.  For information on participation  as an artist or a business partner, email Mimi Becker at arts@historicdanvilleky.com or text to 859-691-0316.  There is always room for more!

 

Women Writers 2019 – Technology Enhances Creativity and Communication

Join four local women who will give practical and creative advice on enhancing and improving your creative and communications skills regardless of whether you are a business person, an educator, an artist or  want to explore tools to express yourself using various forms of technology.

The Heritage Business and Professional Women, the Arts Commission, the Boyle County Public Library and Centre College have joined forces to bring this evening to the community on April 22 at the Boyle County Public Library.

The evening will begin with refreshments at 5:30 and the program will start at 6:00.  There will be plenty opportunity to interact with the presenters and the other attendees.  The program is free to all thanks to a generous grant from the Betty Hinz Fund of the Kentucky Business and Professional Women’s Foundation.

Topics will include working collaboratively from remote locations, building your own website, blogging, podcasting, branding and preparing written material for submission to potential publishers.

Reservations are not required.  For information contact arts@historicdanvilleky.com or Mimi Becker at 859-691-0316.

 

Lisa Williams              Candace Wentz

Tara Strauch

Do You Have a Quilt Treasure?

The Arts Commission and a group of quilters from the Pieceable Friends Quilt Guild will be restoring this vintage quilt from the Perryville Brummett Family collection.  Come out and watch the work on some Saturdays during Farmers’ Market beginning May 4th.  You are welcome to join in, but certainly you can ask questions about the techniques, the fabrics and the history of the designs of the ’30’s and ’40’s.

Arts Commission produces new play for schools

 

New play by Liz Orndorff for schools

You don’t want to miss this inspiring and thought provoking musical. FREE admission to the public performance.

Donations are welcome to continue this type of program for our schools!

Vince DiMartino named 2018 Arts Citizen of the Year

The Arts Commission has named Vince DiMartino the 2018 Arts Citizen of the Year.  DiMartino will be presented with the award on January 9, 2019 at the Annual General Meeting of the Arts Commission at 5:30 at McKinney Conference Center at Constitution Square.  The public is invited to attend the presentation and reception.

The Award recognizes an individual, or individuals, who have distinguished themselves in their artistic career often beyond the local area.  DiMartino is not only an internationally noted performer, but through his work has been instrumental in bringing top performers to Danville and has fostered the development of numerous young musicians while serving on the faculty at Centre College.

While he has performed and lectured the world over, he still finds time to share his talents in Danville through dedicated involvement with the Brass Band Festival, solo performances and with guest artists at special events.

In his spare time, DeMartino serves on the Danville/Boyle County Planning and Zoning Board.

 

 

Entrepreneur Program Kicks Off

The Arts Commission welcomed the 2018 Class of Apprentice Artists in September.  The group, from left to right, is Marie Taylor, Eliza Marsh, Mayme Taylor, Grace McDaniel and Abby Quirk-Royal.  They join Mentor Artists Roni Gilpin, Travis Kern, Kathleen O’Brien, Jacquie Woodward and Deborah Peckler for seven months of study and field experiences incorporating exploration, development and production of art as well as gaining insight into the business aspects of art as a full or part-time career.  The group will meet monthly for classes and discussions and will take five field trips, the first of which will be in October to a taping of the Red Barn Radio Hour.

Teams will also work together and design the program which meets their particular art discipline.  The glass team of Roni Gilpin and Marie Taylor took the opportunity to visit the Biltmore to see the Dale Chihuly exhibit.  They snapped this photo to share with the rest of the group.

A Beautiful Day for Art

            

Monday, October 1st was a beautiful day for student from Kentucky School for the Deaf with teacher Alex Meckes and Pat Williams’ students from Forkland to enjoy a day of Plein Air painting at the historic home of Tim and Lisa Montgomery on Lexington Avenue in Danville.  The students had the opportunity to work and observe experienced painters from the area as they explored painting in natural light.  The concept of Plein Air, or outdoor, painting has been around for centuries, but is most familiar with the French Impressionist period.  The event was sponsored by the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County in conjunction with the Plein Air Artists of Central Kentucky.