The Grayson County Middle School gymnasium was filled with vendors and admirers of the uniquely diverse arts and crafts at Art in the Park this past weekend. Due to the rainy weather the area has been experiencing, the Fourth Annual Art in the Park was moved to GCMS.
“We made the decision on Tuesday just a few days before the show. The word got out very quickly and most everyone was happy with the alternative venue,” said Rita Stevenson, head of the show’s planning committee.
The change in location did not deter the public this weekend, with many coming to support the Grayson County Alliance and to enjoy the music, food, and arts provided for the event.
“There’s a lot of support in the community, and a lot of people support the Alliance,” Stevenson said.
There was positive feedback from both the public and the vendors. The vendors come from all over the state, including a few local artists in the county. Many were returning from previous years. “Some come back every year and it’s like a reunion,” Stevenson said.
The artists this year were very unique, according to Stevenson, crediting the event’s success to the artists themselves. “It’s not the largest art show in the area, but it’s unique,” Stevenson said.
There were ten award categories this year for artists, as well as a People’s Choice Award. The award for the Best in Show was “Your Choice Will Make Your End” from Paula’s Originals, made by Paula Haynes from Clarkson. The People’s Choice award was given to The Artist’s Workshop in Leitchfield.
The Artist’s Workshop also won in the category for Jewelry. Other awards were given to Lady Alyssa Designs in the Textile/Fabric (wearable) category, Bradley Cox for Sculpture/Metal, Mulligan Pottery for the Pottery category, Fred Aspin for Upcycling, J & L Glassworks in the Glass/Stained section, S and S Wood in the Wood/Basketry category, Barry Thomas Photography for Photography, Jeannie Kittinger for Painting/Drawing, Talotam Hallow in Mixed Media, and Best New Artist was awarded to Loose Change.
The student’s art portion also had success. In the elementary school category, first place was given to third-grader Scout Cannon from Caneyville Elementary for “Fancy Zebra,” second place was given to fifth-grader Lillie Payne from the Leitchfield Christian Academy for “Ricky the Rhino,” and third place was fourth-grader Allie Franich from Wilkey Elementary for “Folk Art Guitar.” In the middle school category, eighth-grader Ethan Pierce won first place for “Spider,” eight-grader Grace Bernhard won second place for “Fishing in the Dark,” and sixth-grader Ava St. Clair won third place for “Cats.” In the high school category, Junior Kayla Dodd won first place for “Untitled,” Senior Amy Dolen won second place for “Reliquery,” and Senior Gabrielle Thornton won third place for “Cool Orchid.”
There were children’s art activities happening throughout the weekend as well. The highlight of these activities was the Jackson Pollock style splatter painting, which will be displayed in a number of schools over the next few months.
With the success of this show and those of years past, the event’s committee is looking forward to another Art in the Park next year.
“We love to do it. We’re going to be getting together to plan next year’s event this week,” Stevenson said.