Final preparations are underway for the first Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall, scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 1-2. Nearly 50 artists and artisans, all chosen by invitation, will display their wares in the tree-shaded formal gardens of Liberty Hall Historic Site.
Volunteer opportunities are still available, but interested persons must sign up soon to attend a mandatory orientation. More information is available at http://artinthegardensatlibertyhall.org/volunteers.html.
Items available for sale will range from whimsical hand-crafted dolls to sturdy and functional iron bird feeders, and from striking wildlife paintings to intricate jewelry. Visitors will be entertained by live music both days.
For those interested in a hands-on creative experience, there will be an opportunity to make sand molds that can be turned into metal sculpture during a hot-metal pouring at the local Josephine Sculpture Park on Sept. 16. The activity will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Children ages 6 to 12 can join in a supervised art project that will later be displayed at the sculpture park. The project will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. (Kids can expect to have their clothes soiled, since they will be working with paint.)
Open house tours of Liberty Hall and the adjacent Orlando Brown House are included in the $3 daily admission. Also planned are art activities in downtown Frankfort.
Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. More information for Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall is available at the event Web site, http://artinthegardensatlibertyhall.org. The festival also is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-in-the-Gardens-at-Liberty-Hall/334575026557943.