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Arts on the Green

New events added to annual
art fair in downtown La Grange

Chuck Wagon, Breakfast with Artists on tap

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (June 2012) – Since its conception, Arts on the Green festival has become a well-established juried art and craft show held the first weekend in June in La Grange. The event draws more than 100 arts and craftspeople, and thousands of visitors searching for something different in terms of art.
This year’s director, Mary Klausing, “has put together a true festival,” said Marion Gibson, former director of Arts on the Green. The Arts Association of Oldham County is responsible for organizing this event and any proceeds generated by related events support the association.

Arts On The Green

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Arts on the Green will celebrate
its 13th year and has grown
into a large show.

An art basket raffle is being held for the second year in a row because it was so popular last year, said Gibson. “Artists donate a piece and the Arts on the Green committee members put together three baskets valued from $150 to $450.Winners last year were very pleased with their winnings from a $5 ticket.”
Many new aspects have been added to this year’s event as well. A Chuck Wagon tent will be set up from 5-10 p.m. Saturday. Artists and ticket holders will be able to begin dinner with a cocktail hour at Gallery 104. They can then visit the Chuck Wagon tent for a catered dinner by Pink Baron, a storytelling presentation of 1st Lieutenant C.S. Wood, who served as an aid during the Nez Pearce Indian War of 1877 and live music.
Another addition to the 13th annual Arts on the Green festival is the experience and expertise Mike and Vonnie Glover will add to the festival. The couple is responsible for providing the Christmas light show on the Courthouse square last year. They will add to the “lighting, sound systems and overall planning of this event,” Gibson said.
This year will be the first time for “Breakfast with the Artists” at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 3. Food vendors will offer breakfast items and inspirational gospel music will be provided by Denise Watts Wilson.
“Sunday morning is a great time to shop while it’s a bit less crowded, and now with live music,” said Gibson.
There will be plenty of shopping opportunities with approximately 110 booths set up. This is also a great experience for artists to further their careers. Gibson said that in the case of artist Amy Welborn, winning Best of Show at her first Arts on the Green event, more than likely convinced her to take her talent to a professional level.
Artist Richard Luce “is one of the biggest nationally successful and far reaching artists in our organization with pieces in Jackson, Wyo., and San Antonio,” Gibson said. “The Art of Richard Luce: Western and Historical Art” will be on display at the Oldham County History Center’s Rob Morris Chapel Educational Building from May 31 to June 3, during Arts on the Green.
Luce has done it all and his paintings reflect his experiences in nature. From hiking in the back country of California, Canada, Utah, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska to dressing and camping in primitive gear, he has travel west to see first hand what he has a passion to paint.
He has devoted his life to portraying the history of the American West that he loves. Luce has a special knack for depicting the primitive lifestyles of the pioneers and Native American peoples.
He is a firm believer that art should “convey a sense of wonder to the viewer. One should never tire of looking at it, but should always feel the excitement of new discoveries.”
Held in conjunction with the Arts on the Green festival will be the Colonial Trade Faire at the Oldham County History Center. Luce’s work ties the two events, one modern and one reminiscent of life in the 18th century, together.

• Tickets for the Chuck Wagon catered dinner are $40 a ticket. For more information about Arts on the Green, contact the Arts Association of Oldham County at (502) 222-3822 or email: execdir@aaoc.org.

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