Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Opinion

March 14, 2014

Happy to find robust art scene

GLASGOW — I spent many afternoons walking on a main street in Colorado, enjoying the beauty of the sculptures outside businesses and various paintings inside buildings. Some of my favorite pastimes involve viewing and listening to fine art.

When I moved to this area, I didn’t think it would be anything like the town I previously lived in. I was mistaken. Gina Kinslow, a coworker of mine, has written many stories about artists in the area. Every time I think she’s going to run out of artists to interview, I’m wrong. I’m so glad I’m wrong.

There’s a local gallery, 212 on the Main, that’s visually pleasing. Shoppers can find a wide variety of creative items, from paintings to pottery. When my family comes to visit (all of them live out of state), I’m taking them there.

Recently, I attended Barren County High School’s Fine Arts Capstone event, which celebrated the new fine arts partnership between BCHS and Western Kentucky University. It was a captivating event, showcasing artistic achievements from current and former students. Many students will benefit from receiving dual high school and WKU credit for taking various fine arts classes at BCHS.

I also recently took photos of an acrylic art class conducted by Glasgow High School’s art club. It was enjoyable to watch community members take part in painting springtime flowers. And who could forget the Glasgow Scottie Band? I’ve heard them practice. There’s a reason why they’ve won so many awards.

I’ve read various stories about school districts cutting art programs. Even though school budgets are tight these days, I’m glad these districts are not letting fine art go.

According to “The Importance of Art in a Child’s Development,” a book by MaryAnn F. Kohl, art is more than just fun. The book states that art improves communication, life skills, problem-solving, emotional and social skills and fine-motor skills.

I’m impressed with the creativity of this area. Glasgow/Barren County may be considered small and rural, but we have an amazing group of artists, both young and old. I’m proud to be part of a community that enjoys fine art and makes it a priority.

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