"Art in the Gardens' coming this fall

By Jim Carroll/Grand Theatre Volunteer Published:


Planning is in full swing for a new arts and crafts fair coming to Frankfort this fall.

The website for Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall is now up and running. The address is http://artinthegardensatlibertyhall.org. The web site provides a wealth of information on the new fair, which is scheduled for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-2, at Liberty Hall Historic Site, 202 Wilkinson St.

The event will feature 53 of the region’s finest artists and artisans, specially invited for the recognized quality of their work. Also on tap will be live music, children’s art, open houses at Liberty Hall and the adjacent Orlando Brown House, food vendors, and downtown Frankfort events.

An 11-member steering committee is meeting regularly to plan what is expected to be an annual event. Committee Chair Carol Baughman said she is pleased by the progress made over the past year.

“We’re excited about Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall,” she said. “We’re making every effort to plan an event that appeals to a wide variety of interests. While the superb arts and crafts are the focal point, we’ve planned other activities to create a relaxing, fun-filled atmosphere in downtown Frankfort for folks of all ages.”

Members of the committee besides Baughman are: Robin Antenucci, Frankfort-Franklin County Tourism Commission; Nancy Atcher, retired from the Kentucky Arts Council; Jim Carroll, retired state public information officer; retired Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Bill Graham.

Alsos, Elaine Johnson, long-time teacher at Good Shepherd School; Karla Nicholson, director of Liberty Hall Historic Site; Jim Pierce, board member of Downtown Frankfort Inc.; Patti Porter, retired from the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet; local metal sculptor Melanie VanHouten; and local artist Jennifer Zingg.

Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall provides an excellent opportunity for local residents to get involved in the Frankfort community, Baughman said. 

The event will need volunteers in a variety of roles, from taking tickets to helping artists set up and take down booths. It would be an especially rewarding experience for a student thinking about art as a career, she said.

A campaign to enlist volunteers will be launched soon. In the meantime, prospective volunteers may express their interest by e-mailing this address: volunteer@artinthegardensatlibertyhall.org.


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