Gallery 104

Arts Association of Oldham County
opens gallery on La Grange’s Main St.

Move is designed to promote local art

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (April 2007) – Marion Gibson has always appreciated art, galleries and artist receptions. It seemed only natural to her that she join the Arts Association of Oldham County to foster her interest.

Marion Gibson & Melissa Ward

Photo by Helen E. McKinney

Arts Association of Oldham County
board president Marion Gibson (left)
and association president Melissa Ward
pose in the new Gallery 104 in La Grange.

She is now president of the association, and it is her goal to help develop artistic events in Oldham County. For the last decade, the association has been responsible for bringing about a greater awareness of the arts in Oldham County.
It is now set to open an art gallery called Gallery 104 on La Grange’s Main Street. The association is planning a grand opening event for the gallery from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on May 10. “Cookin’ Up the Arts” is designed to be a fundraising progressive dinner on Main Street that also celebrates the association’s 10-year anniversary. Tickets are $35 per person and will allow participants to sample hors d’oeuvres, live music, a silent auction, Norma Jean’s Trackside, Irish Rover Too, and conclude at Gallery 104 for desert and champagne. Both restaurants will have a cash bar.
Gallery 104 is the result of the association’s recent move from the Oldham County Arts Center in Crestwood. This move provides a more visible, centralized spot for exhibitors, said Gibson. “We needed a larger facility.”
The association wanted to provide gallery space in a building that was easier for members to get to. The Mary Shands family of Prospect donated office furniture for the new gallery.
The association is renting an 1,800-square-foot space in what used to be Head’s Drugstore. After renovations are complete, the space will house exhibitions and contain a rear room available for rentals. This room will also be used to provide programs and workshops.
The association plans to hold about 10 shows and receptions a year. Its most popular events so far have been Arts on the Green juried art show on the courthouse lawn, the Concert on the Square, and the Bluegrass Independent Film Festival.
“This is the first and only non-profit gallery in the county,” said Gibson. It has been designed for artists to display their talent and to provide educational opportunities for the community.
An outlet for artistic and cultural activities is really important for the community to be successful, said Melissa Ward, the association’s executive director.
Ward says she wants to foster more community involvement with the arts and recruit new association members. The association presently has 149 active members. This number has drastically increased from the 83 individuals who were members when Ward assumed the directorship last year.
The goal of the association was and still is to “bring the Arts to Oldham County,” Ward said.
Founding member Donna Miller said this goal is being accomplished in small steps. She called the move to Main Street a wonderful opportunity.
From the beginning, it has been a dream of members to promote the arts. Three years ago, the association began giving away scholarships to students who wanted to pursue art as a career.
Artists from Westport, Ky., are contributing by donating $500 to be given away in the form of a scholarship. “We’re an umbrella organization, trying to help every way we can,” said Miller. “And what better way than through a scholarship program?”
The association received a $1,000 grant on Feb. 13 from the Kentucky Arts Council for general operating expenses. The group has applied for a $10,000 grant from Oldham County Fiscal Court and may apply for additional government grants.
“We need upwards of $5,000 at this point,” said Gibson. By year’s end, this amount could increase to $15,000 to $20,000.
“We are in a unique situation now,” said Ward. “We’re a whole new entity. We want to show others how to appreciate art.”

• For more information. call (502) 222-3822 or visit: www.artsassociationofoldhamcounty.org.

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