Art guild

This one of the pieces of artwork that is featured in the “Celebrate the Wild” exhibit at Barren River State Park is sponsored by the Arts Guild of the Barrens.

A new organization that will be charged with the promotion and support of fine art in the area has been formed.

The Arts Guild of the Barrens Inc. became an official organization this week.

“The purpose of the guild is to encourage, promote and support fine art and the artists who create it in the area geographically known as the Barrens of Kentucky,” said Ann Stewart, president of the guild in a press release, adding the guild will also provide a forum for enhanced networking and collaboration among artists of all types.

The guild will be led by a seven-member board. A regular meeting date will be announced soon to anyone who is interested in becoming a member, she wrote.

“The Glasgow-Barren County community is lucky to have many arts-related groups, venues and individuals nearby,” Stewart wrote. “For example there is the historic Plaza Theatre; the Far Off Broadway Players; painting classes through the Community Education Program; art shows at Edmonton Sate Bank and at Glasgow and Barren County High schools; the annual concert on the square with the Louisville Orchestra; Glasgow Community Band; Celtic music; gospel singing groups; rock and roll bands; the Repertory Theatre of Kentucky; programs offered at the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center; and the list goes on and on.”

The guild plans to offer workshops in painting, photography, sculpture, pottery and jewelry-making in the future.

“Presently the guild is primarily made up of visual artists, but wants to encourage membership from all arts,” Stewart wrote. “Members hope to establish a gallery for visual artists to display and sell their work. They also plan to offer arts-related programs for the young adults and youth in the community.”

Betty Brogan, chairperson of the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce arts committee, is excited about the creation of the guild.

Brogan, a local artist, not only heads up the chamber’s arts committee, she also serves as vice-president of the guild.

“I am just excited that it’s finally taken form,” she said. “It’s been a lot of work and there’s a lot of great people who are going to be involved. It’s going to be good for Glasgow, but it’s also going to be good for our region.”

The guild is sponsoring the “Celebrate the Wild” art exhibit at the Stonehaven Gallery at Barren River Lake State Resort Park, which features photographs, paintings, steel sculptures and wooden replicas of wild animals, insects and their environment. The exhibit is open through the end of February.

The next event sponsored by the guild will coincide with the annual sandhill crane watch sponsored by the state park.

“The ambassador program from the Cincinnati Zoo will bring a variety of birds to the park. On Friday evening the public is invited to attend a free educational session about the birds which will also be in attendance,” Stewart wrote. “Attendance is limited and the program begins at 6 p.m. On Saturday morning at 10 a.m., an artist workshop will be held and the birds will serve as models.”

Barren River's partnership with the guild grew out of the guild's initial meetings with the Chamber Art Committee, wrote Monica Conrad, park manager at Barren River Lake State Resort Park.

The idea to partner resources for the “Celebrate the Wild” exhibit stemmed from the Sandhill Crane Weekend at the park January 29 - 30. Pairing the park’s Crane weekend with an art exhibit featuring birds, fish, wildlife, outdoor habitats, waterscapes and landscapes seemed to be a natural fit, she wrote.

"Celebrate the Wild" will give our park guests, Crane watchers and members of our community the opportunity to experience beautiful art work by local artisans, she said.

For more information about the guild or to register for the zoo program, call the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce at 651-3161. Registration for the sandhill crane watch is now available at the state park or the chamber of commerce.


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