Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Grayson County High School art teacher Beverly Dowell leads a workshop in the Art in the Park children's pavilion.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Grayson County High School art teacher Beverly Dowell leads a workshop in the Art in the Park children's pavilion.

The seventh annual Art in the Park saw at least 1,200 people venture out to James D. Beville Community Park in Leitchfield last Saturday in a show of support for the local food pantry and appreciation for the region's art community.

Typically hosted by the Grayson County Alliance over a full weekend in May each year, this year's event was reduced to Saturday only due to inclement weather on Sunday.

Art in the Park, Leitchfield's annual juried fine arts and crafts show, serves as one of the Alliance's signature fundraisers each year, and Alliance Director Debbie Childress said she was proud to see the months of preparation for the event come to fruition Saturday.

The end result of the event team's efforts, she said, is support for the Grayson County Alliance Food Pantry, as well as an "awesome expansion of art for the community."

The 2019 Art in the Park featured live music, children's activities, and booths displaying work from a variety of artists such as acclaimed fantasy artist and Grayson County native Larry Elmore; local multimedia artist Paula Decker Haynes, who took home the Best in Show and Multimedia prizes; and students from Grayson County Schools.

"It gets bigger and better every year," said Childress, adding that this year's event included more local participants than ever before.

"The community support is amazing, and volunteers spend lots of hours inspiring the creativity in others in order to help the Alliance," she said.

Art in the Park organizer Rita Stevenson echoed Childress's sentiment and expressed her appreciation for the supporters of this year's event.

"We are pleased with Art in the Park this year, even with a shortened festival," said Stevenson. "We had great crowds, super artists, awesome music, and spectacular weather. A special thank you to our sponsors for their continued support of this event."

Awards were given for the various categories on display during Art in the Park. The winners for each category were as follows:

Best in Show and Multimedia: Haynes

Paper Dot Art: Fine Crafts

Metalworks: Schehr Cutlery, James Schehr

Painting: Tyler Brashear

Jewelry: Rhonda Frank

Woodworks: Bear Lake, Barry Leisure

Glassworks: J & L Glassworks

Upcycling: Roger Klemm

Pottery: Deb Mulligan

Best New Artist: Jackie Pierce

People's Choice: Cynthia Rose Stephenson

At press time, the total funds raised from this year's Art in the Park to support the food pantry had not yet been tallied.

According to Childress, the number of families who utilize the food pantry increases every month, with 745 families assisted last month.