Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 19, 2014

Garden gala will showcase area artisans

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Scholarships will be awarded and works by local members of the Arts Guild of the Barrens will be on display Thursday during the Art in the Garden and Gala.

The fourth annual event, which will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the home of D.T. and Monica Froedge, 601 S. Green St., is a fundraiser benefitting the art guild.

“We do fundraisers to support 212 On The Main art gallery and to help support our art college scholarship fund,” said Sally Puntel, co-chair of the event committee.

This is the first year the art guild will award scholarships. Two $250 scholarships will be awarded – one apiece to students from Barren County and Glasgow high schools. The art guild gives the scholarships as a means of fulfilling its mission statement, which addresses art education.  

Plans call for the art guild to develop its scholarship fund further so that more may be awarded.

“Next year we may increase it to include Caverna High School,” said Betty Brogan, art guild president.

Meanwhile, a variety of artwork will be showcased by the art guild members.

“We are going to have some lovely pieces of fine art,” Puntel said, adding there will also be examples of fiber arts, jewelry and wooden works.

In addition to the artists’ works, the event will feature entertainment by the Barren County High School String Ensemble.

The Art in the Garden and Gala was born when art guild members brainstormed for fundraiser ideas. Brogan explained they wanted an event that would showcase artists’ work and be fun for attendees.

“Our first one was at the home of Robert and Betty Clark,” she said. “They were so gracious in allowing their gardens to be used. It was such a hit that they wanted us to use their gardens the next year, too.”

The third event was at the home of Pat and Daryl Vann.

 “There are so many beautiful homes in Glasgow and Barren County that we just want to showcase these homes,” Brogan said, adding the art guild likes to change the venue in order to keep the event fresh.

D.T. Froedge is allowing his garden to be used because he wants to support the local art guild.

“It’s a great thing to do,” he said. “I’m certainly glad to let them have use of my home and to help them out. We will have it in shape and as beautiful as it can be when they get there.”

Door prizes will be awarded during the event, and food and drink will be available.

Admission is $15 per person. For more information, call the art gallery, 212 On The Main, at 270-629-ARTZ.