By: Dan Click
Grayson Gallery & Art Center
The Grayson Gallery & Art Center, Inc. will present “Blue Moon of Kentucky – Arts in Appalachia” during this month’s F!nal Fr!days Art Walk in Grayson, KY. Artists across the region were encouraged to submit original works, especially large format pieces, in a more traditional vein this month to go along with the theme for September.
“They really stepped up,” GGAC Executive Director Dan Click said. “We’re making room for what looks like the most big-canvas and panel pieces we’ve ever had in the gallery in a single exhibit!”
Over 50 pieces will be on display, with most for sale, and some artists offer up commissioned works as well. The opening reception, free to artists and the public, will take place on Friday, September 29 from 6 – 9 pm. Awards & Announcements will be presented at approximately 7:30 pm, during which four cash and/or purchase awards of up to $50.00 each (along with a blue ribbon) will be given as follows People’s Choice (by popular vote), the GGAC Board Choice, the Brandon Click Memorial and the Pen Lady’s Choice, handed out by Gallery President Amanda Grigsby.
Art will be on display through mid-October for visits during open hours and by appointment. The GGAC is proud to be a Grayson Main Street District Arts & Entertainment venue.
Refreshments will be provided by Catering by Laura, along with water and soft drinks available throughout the evening. A special musical performance by Bluegrass great Don Rigsby, along with his son Andrew Rigsby and Friends will delight the crowd during the evening. Don Rigsby teaches personal music classes in various instruments on various dates and times at the GGAC; contact him at (606) 776-5894 or (606) 738-4778 for information on scheduling and prices.
Plans are in the works to expand the Doug Anglin Arts Education studio and classroom space at the rear of the main gallery in the coming months for open-studio use and workshops. The GGAC is also considering a part-time “Artist in Residence” who, along with dedicated volunteers, will enable the gallery to have more regular hours of operations. In addition, gallery memberships and the extra benefits included for joining are ongoing and always available to donors.
Coming up in October will be several seasonal-focused events: the annual Halloween Art Show and Costume Party is set for October 27 with plans to make it even bigger and better. The first Haunted Hustle 5K Run, a fundraiser for the GGAC organized and handled by O Such Race Planners, will take place on October 28 at 5 p.m. at the gallery. Registration and sponsorship forms are available via email or by private message on Facebook. Contact Dan Click: email@example.com and look for the Grayson Gallery & Art Center, Inc. on Facebook for more information.