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Second Annual Art in the Gardens Meets Approval of Locals and Visitors Alike
Capital Living - August 31, 2013 - Article is accompanied by a full gallery of photographs
The four acres behind Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House set against the beautiful Kentucky River, Art in the Garden at Liberty Hall is an event like no other in Frankfort! Featuring the best visual and fine artists and crafts people from Central Kentucky and throughout the region in the beautiful gardens of Liberty Hall. So last year, the first go round for Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall fought the elements with the outer edges of a hurricane! This year, Mother Nature brought on the heat and the threat of thunder storms. But, with everything that there was to see and do, in addition to the fact that they thought far enough in advance to have a First Aid Station, a hydration station with water readily available, a ton of volunteers, more than double the artists than last year, musical talent at two locations and months of publicity, many agree that this was a great event and they cannot wait until next year! Although final numbers are not in, the feedback from the people attending speaks volumes.
Barbara Stacy wrote, ”I attended your event with my son who was one of the Artist. I try to go to as many of his shows as I can. In doing so I get to attend the events all over the state. Your Event was Awesome the attention you gave for the comfort of the Artist and the public was the best I have seen. I really enjoyed myself and am already looking forward to next year. One of the things that really stood out to me was your first aid station and water station I have only seen that at one other event..Awesome event just Awesome.”
From James Voyles, ”Crazy-good! Can’t wait for next year.”
David Shadwick said, “A big thank you to the team at Art in the Gardens for another outstanding show. For the second year this show has been number one in sales for the year. The quality and variety of the art has been carefully chosen to give the patrons the best quality without saturating any medium.”
Patti Roberts Pinkston wrote, ”Spent a lovely morning at Liberty Hall browsing the art, listening to great music, and enjoying good food. Came home with a treasure!”
As you can see, no matter what the numbers reflect, the participants and attendants appreciate such an event held in the Commonwealth’s Capital City! Looking forward to next year myself!!!
ARTISTS AND CRAFTSMEN, ENTERTAINERS AND FOOD VENDORS COMING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
By Philip Case, Published: August 25, 2013 12:19AM
The State Journal
With the threat of the remnants of Hurricane Isaac looming that caused weather forecasters to advise people to stay home, Art in the Gardens began on Labor Day weekend in 2012 — and even with the threat, 2,150 people showed up for the two-day event on the grounds of the Liberty Hall Historic Site, Wilkinson Street.
That memory has members of the steering committee thinking a lot about the weather for the event that runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10-4 next Sunday. They’re hoping for highs both days in the upper 70s, clear blue skies, low humidity and a light wind!
And, given what they thought might happen last year, they deserve it.
Art in the Gardens, with artists and craftsmen set up all around the 4-plus acres of the site, is a “juried” art show, meaning those you’ll see this weekend have met certain criteria in order to be included.
“The first year (2012) was by invitation based on the artist having been juried into another art fair,” said Carol Baughman, chair of the steering committee.
“Of those who came, 30 are coming back this year,” said Vickie Sewell, chair of the artists committee. “There is a total of 51 artists and craftsmen exhibiting.”
A complete list of exhibitors, musicians and the times they are performing along with the names of food vendors setting up in the food court behind Liberty Hall appears in a special insert in today’s Spectrum section.
Like early Expo
For those who’ve been around town long enough to remember, Art in the Gardens is — and hopefully will remain — like Expo was during the 1970s and ’80s, when juried artists and craftsmen coveted spots around the fountains and their wares were the focus of the early-June festival.
“This (Art in the Gardens) grew out of the country fair at Liberty Hall that was part of the Living in History series,” Baughman said. “That event was a partnership with The Garden Club of Frankfort.”
While Art in the Gardens turns the spotlight on Liberty Hall, the Orlando Brown House and the gardens surrounding them, it’s not a “community” fair in the sense that all exhibitors are local — nor are the visitors.
“Last year, even with the threat of terrible weather, people came from many different places and we’re expecting that again.”
Since there’s a minimal admission ($3 for adults per day with children 12 and under admitted free), folks who come will do so because they want to see good arts and crafts, hear good music and eat food from good local vendors.
There will be three admission sites: at the gate to Liberty Hall, at the Orlando Brown entrance and at a gate by the gardens behind Liberty Hall across from the Kentucky Bar Association near the Ward Oates Amphitheater.
“Included in the admission is a free self-guided tour of the two museum houses,” Baughman said. “ Last year more than 500 went through them in the first three hours!”
In addition to the steering committee and the LHHS staff, a bevy of volunteers from the community will assist with everything from parking to exhibitor support.
“Last year we had 135,” said Elaine Johnson, volunteer coordinator. “This year I’d like to have a few more.”
While two training sessions have already been held, there’s one more for those who’d still like to step up. It’s set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Orlando Brown House. For more information, call Johnson at 502-223-4443 or Kate Hesseldenz at 502-227-2560. More information and an application form are also available at www.ArtintheGardensatLibertyHall.com.
In addition to the good feeling you’ll get from the experience, volunteers also receive a bright orange shirt designed especially for those serving. And, it’s yours to keep.
“These volunteers become the ‘faces of Frankfort,’” said Johnson. “They are the first people visitors will meet and are vital to the success of the event. Last year we received nothing but rave reviews from the artists about the volunteers willingness to help — especially when the festival was over and they stayed in what had become a pouring rain.”
Plenty of music
Jim Pierce is heading up the music and entertainment area of Art in the Gardens. Performers will be set up on a stage behind Orlando Brown.
“There’ll be seven hours of entertainment Saturday,” Pierce said, “and three (hours) on Sunday.”
Several of the entertainers are from Frankfort and three are from out of state.
“There will also be little pop-up concerts all around the area,” said Pierce. “This will give it a true art fair feeling.”
For the kids
There’ll be interactive art projects for children spearheaded by art teachers Brian Murphy, Hearn Elementary and Jody Jaques from Good Shepherd School.
“Last year we guessed at the number of kids and we got about twice that many,” Baughman said. “We survived but this year we’ll be prepared.”
Jules Foster, executive director of the Liberty Hall Historic Site, said she’s always believed the whole site to be a “hidden gem in Frankfort,” and she’s a Frankfort native.
“This is a wonderful community event. It brings people together in this great setting.”
Baughman said the artists have praised the festival, calling in an “intimate fair.”
“At a lot of the bigger fairs like Woodland (Lexington) and St. James (Louisville), the artists are so packed together and there are so many people it’s hard to get into or even stop at their booths, let alone talk to them.
“That won’t happen here because of this garden setting, music playing in the background, people mingling and walking around. It’s just a more intimate atmosphere for exhibitors and visitors.”
All that’s needed now are two days of 78 degrees with clear, sunny skies.
Second Annual Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall
June 27, 2013
Liberty Hall Historic Site is preparing for its largest ever event, the second year of Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall, which will be held on August 31 from 9 to 4 and on September 1 from 10 to 5. The year’s fair will feature over 50 juried artists and craftspeople selling their works in tents scattered throughout the site’s gardens. There will again be a small music stage on the Orlando Brown patio, children’s art activities, open houses in both museum houses, and food vendors.
Steering Committee chair, Carol Baughman, is excited about this year’s fair. “Last year 2,150 visitors attended, and we expect an even larger turnout this year. Our committees have worked hard to plan an event that will enhance Frankfort’s identity as an arts destination.”
There are two major ways members of the community can support Art in the Gardens: by volunteering to work at the event and by making contributions to become patrons.
“With more than 50 artists and more than 2000 visitors expected, we’ll need more than 100 volunteers for the event,” Baughman said. Tasks will include directing traffic, helping artists set up their booths, greeting visitors at the gates, manning an information booth, distributing programs, assisting artists during the fair, cleaning up the site, hosting visitors at Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House and many other jobs. Volunteers may read details and print registration forms. For more information contact volunteer coordinator Elaine Johnson at 223-4443.
“Donations will also help make Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall a success,” Baughman said. “Contributions from individuals, organizations, clubs, and businesses are much appreciated and will be recognized.’ Levels of giving and the benefits associated with them are available on this website. A printable donor form is also available online.
Art in the Gardens is organized by a volunteer Steering Committee that is supported by the staff of Liberty Hall Historic site: Carol Baughman, Chair; Vickie Sewell, Artists Committee; Nancy Atcher and Melanie VanHouten, Artists Jury Committee; Jim Pierce, Music Committee; Elaine Johnson and Becky King, Volunteer Committee; Judy Turner and Kay Kirkland, Publicity Committee; Bob Gates and Sheila White, Site Committee, Jules Foster, Liberty Hall Historic Site; Joy Jeffries and Twina Keeton, Frankfort/Franklin Co. Tourist and Convention Commission; Brittain Skinner, Downtown Frankfort, Inc. Sub committee chairs are Chris Sims, Food Vendors; Jody Jaques and Brian Murphy, Children’s Art Activities; Ashley Averell, Hospitality.
Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall, Central Kentucky’s newest art fair, is scheduled for Labor Day weekend, August 31 and September 1, 2013. It will again be located in the gardens and lawns of Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House, two of Frankfort’s famous historic homes. The four-acre space is situated on one leg of the big bend in the Kentucky River and is beautiful, just as it is, with trimmed grass walkways, old boxwood-shrub borders, and three generations of aged catalpa trees. For Art in the Gardens it will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery.
This year there will be new artists participating and many from last year’s fair returning. A high standard for the quality of participants was set in 2012. Carol Baughman, Steering Committee Chairperson, said of last year’s artists, “We are proud to introduce artists who have become our partners in establishing a standard for this fair for years to come.” Baughman also explains, “We will limit the number of booths to sixty so that visitors will have enough room to enjoy the garden as well as the art.”
The planners of Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall want to appeal to a broad spectrum of people and have selected the best from several types of art using a jury process. The show boasts painters, jewelers, wood workers, photographers, potters, sculptors, to mention only a few. There will be paintings in oil, water color, and pastel; furniture; scarves; hats; hand-pressed wild flower greeting cards, scrimshaw, as well as fanciful animals and people created for pure fun from the imaginations of the artists. A “whimsical” rooster made mostly of knitted yarn, a teddy bear made from recycled materials, or a shepherd and his sheep born out of the very wool from the artist’s sheep will be available.
For further pleasures of attendees live music will be provided throughout the weekend. In an area set aside for resting and listening, musicians from the region will perform on stage for no extra charge. In 2013 several groups will be on hand for toe-tapping, humming-along, or just listening entertainment. Visitors will be able to fill their souls with nature, art, and music and their stomachs with great food. Mini-restaurants are planning to set up temporary kitchens in the back yard of the beautiful Orlando Brown House. One can plan to have lunch or a snack before or after meandering through the art-filled gardens.
Children, last year, were encouraged to ignite their creative abilities at supervised art activities provided just for them. Again this year they will be taught in classes scheduled throughout the weekend. These classes may be attended by some adventurous adults as well. Age limits are expected to be fluid. Additionally, Josephine Sculpture Park will have an art workshop for fairgoers.
History lovers will enjoy the two houses on site: Liberty Hall a National Historic Landmark and the 1796 home of John Brown, Kentucky’s first senator, and the adjacent Orlando Brown House, home of Senator Brown’s second son, designed by Gideon Shyrock in 1835. Admission to the fair includes admission to both houses.
The show has been carefully planned with much attention to detail. The steering committee has been working diligently to assure another successful year. The steering committee is made up of Carol Baughman, Steering Committee Chair and nine committee chairpersons. They are Vickie Sewell, Artist Committee; Jim Pierce, Music Committee; Judy Turner, Publicity; Elaine Johnson, Volunteer Committee; Nancy Atcher and Melanie VanHouten, Jury Committee; Jules Foster, Director, Liberty Hall Historic Site; Joy Jeffries, Director, Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist and Convention Commission; Twina Keeton, Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist and Convention Commission; and Brittain Skinner, Director, Downtown Frankfort, Inc.
The art show provides an opportunity for many local people to be involved in this community event. Volunteers will be again asked to assist artists and visitors during the two-day event. One artist who will be returning commented, “Volunteers were awesome! I feel like I could have come alone because there was so much good help.” Last year there were over 150 volunteers.
Frankfort’s second annual Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall is well on its way to surpass last year’s first edition. The new web site, artinthegardensatlibertyhall.org, was launched in early May. Volunteer sign ups and fundraising information will be available there in early June. To preview some of the art go to the web site or the Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall Facebook page. People who like what they see will not be disappointed when they come to the fair on Labor Day weekend 2013. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person (free for children 12 and under) which includes admission to both historic houses.
Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall, Central Kentucky’s newest art fair, will be hosted for the second straight year by the Liberty Hall Historic Site in its lush, four-acre garden on the Kentucky River in downtown Frankfort on Labor Day weekend, August 31 and September 1, 2013.
The fair will feature paintings, sculpture, jewelry, woodwork, photography, pottery and other works of art from over fifty of the region’s finest artists and craftspeople. Children’s art activities, live music, and tours of Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House will also be available for visitors.
The hours for the fair are 9 to 5 on Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults (free for children 12 and under).
Small is Beautiful at First Frankfort Fair
Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall on Labor Day weekend in 2012 was an intimate event that pleased exhibitors and visitors. It featured some of the region’s finest artists and crafts people who were invited to exhibit in the inaugural event. They displayed their paintings, sculpture, jewelry, woodwork, photography, pottery, and other works of art in white tents scattered on the river bank and among trees and flowers. One exhibitor commented that the fair was like a leisurely walk in a garden that just happened to have an art show.
The fair’s size and setting made it easy for visitors to meet the artists, to closely examine their exhibits, and to purchase the best and most creative artwork in the region. Many artists reported strong sales. Two artists received special recognition. Photographer John Snell was chosen by fairgoers to win the People’s Choice Award for the best booth in the fair. Debbie Graviss’s fellow exhibitors chose her to receive the Exhibitor’s Award.
Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House, two National Register museum houses, were open to the public and very popular with visitors. In fact, by noon on the first day of Art in the Gardens 500 people had explored Liberty Hall.
Adding to the atmosphere of the fair was live music staged on the back porch at the Orlando Brown House. People gathered on the patio to listen and sing along. Mink Run Consort, Mitch Barrett and Honey and Houston were crowd favorites.
Some visitors got personally involved in the creative process. At one booth Josephine Sculpture Park led a workshop to prepare sand molds for a hot metal pour. At another, children painted wood blocks which would be assembled into a tall sculpture. Both of these activities were completed at the Fall Festival at Josephine Sculpture Park two weeks after the fair.
By any standard, Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall was a huge success for those who attended, for volunteers, and the artists.
Feedback from visitors was positive. Everyone praised the quality of the art, and many commented on the beauty of the grounds and the size of the show. Artist David Shadwick had this to say, “My sales set a record for a weekend show. It is a good example that a show doesn’t have to be large to be successful for the artists. This team got it right for size, quality and setting.”