Robbie Fudge directs the Glasgow Community Band during a Concert on the Square.

GLASGOW – The evening of June 20 will bring spotlights on musical and visual arts in downtown Glasgow.

Fine Arts Bistro will once again be displaying works of art by members of the Arts Guild of the Barrens in addition to other artists' works, and a reception with the guild artists is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on that date to kick off the show. The Bistro is at 143 N. Public Square.

At 7 p.m., the Glasgow Community Band will provide its 15th annual free Concert on the Square along the east side of the square, in front of Glasgow City Hall.

Peggy Bates, co-owner of the Bistro, said that when it first opened, she was on the Arts Committee of the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce, and conversations began about having an artists group and where their work would hang, and the guild was sort of a product of that.

“We thought it would be a good partnership,” she said. “They were with us for several years.”

When the Arts Guild of the Barrens was able to open its own space less than a block away, Bates said, she was thrilled for them. It felt sort of like the organization grew up and was able to leave the nest. She hated to see it close, she said, and told them they would have a place to hang if they were ever interested in coming back.

“We're excited to see them back home,” Bates said.

She is anticipating that seven or eight artists from the guild will have two to four pieces each in the exhibit. Some of the people who were guild members when their work hung at the Bistro are no longer here, she said, but some new ones have come aboard in the meantime, “so we'll play it by ear for this first time.”

Bill Groenwald, president of the guild, said the organization is in the process of regrouping itself since the closure of its gallery, 212 on the Main. Several factors were cited at the time as leading to its closure, including lack of parking, utility costs and difficulty with scheduling volunteers to be there to work.

Groenwald said that in addition to the art hanging on the wall, he thinks some jewelry and other guild items may be displayed, and all of it will be for sale. The works will be rotated out for different ones after three months or when they are sold, whichever is sooner.

He said the artists for the works that will be in the first showing are expected to be at the reception to help meet and greet people, and he anticipates they will be there through the time of the concert and for a little while afterward.

Light refreshments will be part of the reception along with “a lot of art on the walls,” Bates added.

The evening of the 20th was specifically chosen as the date for the show kickoff because of the Concert on the Square, she said.

“We thought this would complement with what was happening and hopefully spark some folks' interest in art,” Bates said.

The Glasgow Community Band concert will take place rain or shine.

“In the event of bad weather, rain or extreme heat, we've got the Plaza Theatre reserved just in case,” said Robbie Fudge, the band's director.

“We are going to do, of course, a patriotic concert in preparation for July 4, but we've also got some fun music for all the ages,” he said.

The first half of the concert will feature patriotic music, while the second half will be what Fudge described as “fun-filled, with circus marches and some marches from around the world.”

The concert will last approximately an hour and 15 minutes, with a brief intermission.

Limited seating will be provided for people who need chairs, but Fudge said everyone is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and sit on the courthouse lawn.

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