Frankfort’s new art festival, “Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall,” will emphasize strong community involvement, says Carol Baughman, chairman of the event’s steering committee. There will be a wide variety of opportunities for Frankfort residents to take part in the festival, which is scheduled for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-2, in downtown Frankfort.
“From the very start, we planned Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall to be a collaborative effort that reflects the community spirit of Frankfort,” Baughman said. “The benefits of the festival will reach beyond Liberty Hall Historic Site, so it’s natural that we seek participation throughout the community.”
There are two major ways members of the community can help: by volunteering to work at the event and by making contributions to become patrons.
“With more than 50 artists and more than 1,000 visitors expected, we’ll need dozens of volunteers,” Baughman said. Tasks will include directing traffic, helping artists set up their booths, distributing programs, manning an information booth, cleaning up the site, hosting visitors at both Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House, providing hospitality for artists and volunteers, and many other jobs.
Volunteers will be asked to work at least one three- or four-hour shift; the festival hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 1, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 2.
Volunteers may read details and print registration forms at http://artinthegardensatlibertyhall.org/volunteers.html. Volunteers are required to attend one of three training sessions, scheduled for Aug. 20, 23 and 28. Both individuals and groups are encouraged to volunteer. More information is available by calling volunteer coordinators Elaine Johnson at 223-4443 or Bill Graham at 223-5628.
Donations will also help make Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall a success, Baughman said. Many generous donors have stepped forward, but more are welcomed and needed.
The festival has established a fund-raising committee to encourage financial support. Committee members are Katherine Vallance, chair; Mary Ann Burch, Laura Leigh Goins, George Hromyak, Arba Kenner, Julie Moore, Sue Van Patten, Anne Taylor Renshaw, Rosetta Rush, Linda Rush and Connie White.
Businesses, individuals, organizations, and clubs are encouraged to make contributions to help with expenses of the fair. Levels of giving and the benefits associated with them are at http://www.artinthegardensatlibertyhall.org/volunteers.html.
A printable donor form is also available online.
In addition to volunteers and donors, Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall will have support from Hearn Elementary School art teacher Brian Murphy and friends who will organize a collaborative children’s sculpture project to be created on-site during the fair and exhibited afterwards at Josephine Sculpture Park.
There will be attractions throughout downtown Frankfort during the fair, and First United Methodist Church, 211 Washington St., is currently hosting a preview exhibit with an artist welcome reception on Aug. 31, 4-7 p.m.
The exhibit is in Gallery Hall at the church which is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and on Sunday mornings during services. It is free and open to the public.
The first Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall, featuring exhibits by more than 50 outstanding artists and artisans, as well as children’s art activities, live music, and house tours, will be held Sept. 1-2 at Liberty Hall Historic Site, 202 Wilkinson St., Frankfort. Admission is $3 daily. For more information, visit http://artinthegardensatlibertyhall.org or call Liberty Hall at 502-227-2560.