Time to adopt a fire hydrant!


Stan Clifford and DecoArt have teamed up with the Arts Commission to spruce up the fire hydrants in and around downtown Danville.  Designer PLA Schneider produced several clever ideas for Fire Chief Ken Pflug to consider. Here are his choices and how much fun!

So, scout around your neighborhood and the downtown to stake your claim to one of the fire hydrants which are candidates for a makeover.  Priority goes to those which are already painted and really in need of a face lift.  Each fire hydrant has a metal disc with a number.  Note the number and the address and contact the Arts Commission to reserve your own fire hydrant.

Kits with paint, template and instructions will be provided courtesy of DecoArt and some friends of the Arts Commission.

Come on!  Join in the fun with your family, friends and kids and leave your mark!!

Gallery Hop – June 6

Arts Commission’s June Gallery Hop is here!  Downtown Danville will be live with music, visual art and food to welcome visitors into shops, restaurants and a variety of other venues on June 6th from 5:30 – 8:00.  A special feature this year is the Entrepreneur Mall at McDaniel Wealth.  All artists who participated in the year- long Entrepreneur program will exhibit their work and talk with visitors about their experiences.

This year, the list of venues and artists is printed in this newsletter.  Additional copies will be available at Arts Commission tables located along Main Street.  Host locations will have a purple banner hanging in front.  Come early and stay all evening shopping eating, visiting and listening.  Start your Brass Band weekend with local flavors and flair!

*Indicate Arts Commission information tables

*McDaniel Wealth – 213 West Main

  •                Travis Kern and Eliza Marsh – music
  •                Jacquie Woodward and Grace McDaniel – visual  and wearable art
  •                Kathleen O’Brien and Mayme Taylor – visual art
  •                Deborah Peckler and Abby Quirk-Royal – fiber art
  •                Roni Gilpin and Marie Taylor – glass
  •                Smokey and the Brisket – BBQ truck

Cerci on Main – 217 West Main

  •                Judy Mercer – author

Maple Tree – 225 West Main

  •                Kathy York – York’s Corks
  •                Jack Cochran – oils
  •                Andrea Sheene – watercolors

Posh Apparel – 235 West Main

  •               Diana Kestly

Chase Bank – 237 West Main

  •                Cheryl Mayes – jewelry
  •                Danville High School – Louise Wilkinson project
  •                Pieceable Friends Quilt Guild and
  •                Arts Commission – quilt restoration project

Centre College Bookstore – 236 West Main

  •                Lynda Ross – monoprints and oils

*Hub Coffee House – 236 West Main

Raymond James – 306 West Main

  •                Connie Beale – oils and collage

A & L Accessories – 324 West Main

  •                Paul Muth – pottery
  •                Sharon LeMonds – jewelry
  •                Margaret Levi – jewelry
  •                Sandy Hogue – Sandy’s Surprises

Carol’s Bridal – 309 West Main

  •                  Kathy Thompson – watercolor and acrylic

The former Cue on Main – 303 West Main

  •                John Dixon – Brass Band poster artist

Community Arts Center – 401 West Main

  •                Chris Conley – pottery
  •                David Farmer – artist in residence
  •                Mark Wilhelm – artist in residence
  •                Sarah Wiltsee – artist in residence

Tut’s – 415 West Main

  •                Mike Archer – music

*Danville Bike and Footwear – 417 West Main

  •                Carrie Snow – pottery
  •                Boyle County High School – Louise Wilkinson project
  •                Boyle County Middle School – Sgt. Pepper picture station

Danville City Hall – 445 West Main

  •                Mismatched Bluegrass – music
  •                Combination – taco food truck

Sheehan, Barnett, Dean, Pennington, Dexter and Tucker, P.S.C.

– 114 South Fourth Street

  •                Coby Langham – music
  •                Marlene Hanna – oils

Harvey’s – 120 South Fourth

  •                Teddy Tolar – music

Boyle County Public Library – 301 West Broadway

  •                Walnut Street Ramblers – music and dance
  •                (7:30 – 9:00)

Dabberhashery – 131 North Fourth

  •                Jason Sinkhorn – music

Sherwin Williams – 111 North Fourth

  •                Bob Gundy – gouache
  •                Shepherd’s House – mural

Plank on Main – 119 West Main

  •                Blue Groove Jazz – music

Tom Tye Financial – 141 North Third

  •                Tillie Sowders – oils

Derby Shoppe and Raggs – 124 North Third

  •                Tom Lamp – watercolors
  •                Danville mural
  •                Big Jack’s Coffee and Donuts

Elmwood Inn Fine Teas – 135 North Second

  •                Diversitea mural
  •                Photography
  •                Tea tent

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.

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

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 $35.00 all tools and materials included.  Email arts@historicdanvilleky.com to register.

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.

New Web Site Announced in Advocate

Arts Commission launches new website

A newly designed website for the Arts Commission of Danville-Boyle County has gone live as of today, and the commission’s director said it has been one “ambitious project.”

The website will highlight the enhanced, ongoing working relationships the commission has with local partners — including the Boyle County Public Library, Pieceable Friends Quilt Guild, ASAP, Gathering Artists, Plein Air Artists, all local schools and Scarlet Cup Theatre, among many others.

“The Arts Commission’s primary goal is the support of the arts, artists and arts organizations throughout the community,” said Mimi Becker, director. “This goal has led the organization to expand its own sponsored activities, but more importantly, to seek partnerships with other community programs with common goals.”

Becker said the site features a more flexible events calendar, which will highlight upcoming events on the home page for quick reference, and include more available options to contact the commission.

“Suggestions and comments are always welcome, as well,” Becker said. Links will be provided directing visitors to articles and columns Becker has written for The Advocate-Messenger, as well as other featured articles.

New partnership

One of the most exciting functions of the site, Becker said, is the ticket service offered. “With Scarlet Cup Theatre joining the Arts Commission under fiscal sponsorship, the board wanted to offer the theater an economical and flexible option for ticket sales.” Tickets are already being sold for Scarlet Cup’s next performance in October, “Departures,” which will be performed at Stuart Powell Airfield.

Liz Orndorff, president of Scarlet Cup’s board, said it previously was included under the Community Arts Center’s umbrella of fiscal sponsorship, but that changed in March of this year.

“We received a letter from the Arts Center, which was highly complimentary of the work of the theatre, but said the Community Arts Center’s board came to a consensus it was not in the best interests of ‘either organization to merge Scarlet Cup’ into the Arts Center’s programming structure,” Orndorff said. “We are very grateful for the Community Arts Center to have been our fiscal sponsor for the first three years we existed. We couldn’t have existed without their help.”

Orndorff said Becker and the Arts Commission have been very enthusiastic about the new partnership, which began in May. “Mimi did all of her homework about how this relationship will work immediately, figuring out how to help us sell tickets on their new site. Everything she’s doing is helping Scarlet Cup exist, and exist better.”

Orndorff said she and the rest of the board of the theatre feels the Arts Commission “was the natural one to go to. It totally fits their mission, to bring as much art to as many people in Boyle County.”

Becker said the commission is more than pleased to have Scarlet Cup as a part of its organization.

“A fiscal sponsorship relationship gives all the benefits of a non-profit status to small organizations,” she said. As fiscal sponsor, the Arts Commission provides to the public and donors “the assurance that the organization is fiscally sound and uses donated funds for the intended purpose. The sponsored organization can apply for grants and receive donations.”

Becker said the Arts Commission’s mission states that it is supportive of new and innovative arts concepts, and “Scarlet Cup Theatre is just that.”

“We also support arts and business partnerships and the combination of theater and unusual venues is quite innovative, especially in a small town,” Becker said. “We are looking forward to the upcoming production at the airport. Rob Caldwell, the airport board and the staff have been truly amazing to work with.”

Becker said the ticket service on the commission’s site will also be used by the Danville-Boyle County Scholarship Foundation for their December fundraiser, which will be co-sponsored by the Arts Commission. That event will bring local, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Larnelle Harris back home for a holiday concert on Dec. 16, for example.

“This has been an enormous project for me, and I can’t believe it is where it is,” Becker said. Her sister was the developer and “babysitter” for the redesign, she said, who is a retired owner of a digital product development services company.

“I’m extremely happy with the turnout,” Becker said.

Sneak peek

“Departures” is a British comedy — the first comedy offered by Scarlet Cup. Orndorff said it’s set in 10 different airports around the world, so the lobby of the Boyle airport is perfect.

“The airport staff really wanted us to come out there and do the play, and it will be such a cool thing. Hopefully more people will come out to see it, because I don’t think that many people really go out there.”

She said a real-life radio will continue broadcasting flight information and communications during the production, as well as anyone who lands during the play will walk through it in the lobby. Four actors will portray eight different characters; the play will be presented in a series of vignettes. The play is directed by Tony Haigh, vice president of Scarlet Cup’s board.


• Visit the redesigned Arts Commission website at danvillearts.org.

• “Departures” will be presented at the Stuart Powell Airfield on Oct. 4-7 and 11-14. Check back to read more about this Scarlet Cup production.