This weekend is made for arts lovers

November 08, 2004

Metropolitan areas are famous for their arts extravaganzas. Theatrical premiers, concerts, symphonies, ballets, art exhibits and galleries - they're all there to be enjoyed.

Local arts lovers don't have to go out of town, however, to have a big-city arts experience. The Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County (ACDBC) is sponsoring the first-ever Gallery Hop Friday. On Saturday, a taste of Danville returns with "All in Good Taste," an evening of food, art and music, hosted by the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by CellularOne.

Gallery Hop

This event will feature participation from more than 20 local businesses, agencies or studios. They will become art galleries for the evening to showcase the works of more than 50 local artists.

To tempt both the eyes and palate, a continuous spread of hors d'oeuvres will be available as attendees feast their eyes on everything from painting to jewelry, photography, stained glass, pottery, fiber art, wood carving and more. Strains of music will fill the night, too, as guests enjoy the sounds of harp, flute, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo and acoustic guitar. Musicians at one location even will be playing handmade musical instruments.


"The Arts Commission is pleased with both the response of our arts community and our business community. Fifty-six individual artists, two local art groups, and eight musicians will appear in 22 Hop Stops in, near, and on the outskirts of Danville," said Ann Nichols, executive director of the ACDBC. "This is our initial effort to design a gallery hop much like Lexington's or Louisville's. We are extremely grateful to those who are participating as exhibitors and exhibition locations. They have gone out of their way to ensure that this will be a memorable event.

"We anticipate not only local attendance but regional attendance, too. Even if I were not working with the Arts Commission, I would not want to miss this."

The event is an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts for hard-to-please people on holiday lists, as almost all works exhibited are for sale. Providing opportunities such as this is a primary purpose of the ACDBC.

"It is the Arts Commission's goal to promote and showcase Danville and Boyle County's talented arts community, to create or expand existing venues and partnerships between artists and businesses, and to stimulate economic growth within our community by sponsoring this Hop," said Donna Clore, one of the organizing committee members. "It has been exciting to see this concept grow from a thought, to a plan, to a reality."

The event is being advertised locally and regionally in hopes of attracting art enthusiasts from neighboring counties as well as Lexington and Louisville.

Burgundy banners made by members of the Boyle County Extension Homemaker Clubs will mark each Hop Stop location.

"These women have spent countless hours working on the banners, and the Arts Commission is deeply appreciative to the homemakers for their support of this event," said Clore.

Hop Stop brochures, complete with a map of the 22 locations, will enable Gallery Hoppers to find their ways around Friday. Brochures will be available prior to the event at Bank One, Heritage Community Bank, National City Bank, The Chamber and City Hall, where the Arts Commission office is located.

During the event, maps can be found at each participating location: Heritage Community Bank, Two Roads Cafe, National City Bank, Three Babes & a Monkey, Toy Box Catering, Bank One, Heart of KY United Way, Maple Tree Gallery, Glass Mountain, Wilderness Trace Art League Gallery, Grayson's Tavern, Constitution Square Museum Store, Mary Robin Spoonamore Photography, Boyle Library, EMRMC Auxiliary Gift Shop, Sugar Grove Pottery, Centenary Christian Life Center, McDowell Wellness Center, Wilderness Road Quilt Company, Hampton Inn, Old Crow Inn, and the home studio of A. Jack May at 460 Boone Trail.

Another Gallery Hop is planned for February.

All in Good Taste

This event is being billed as a "special evening of food, art and music." Paula Kilby, executive director for the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of commerce, says this type of event was successfully orchestrated a few years ago under different directors.

"With the new directors, we're bringing back here in 2004," she noted. "We will look at making it annual or at least every other year, depending on the community's response. We hope the community will join us, buy tickets, and make this successful."

Door prizes of "Buy Boyle" gift certificates, in increments of $100, $50 and $25, will be awarded. The event is designed "to promote our local business members who are in the food business," Kilby noted.

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