Random Friday Arts Round-Up

I was enjoying another beautiful day in Owen County this week, but from the wrong side of the window. I was inside my office looking out. I headed out for a stroll to enjoy a break from the work of the day but before I made it very far, I was distracted by a display in the Juniper Gallery window here on Market Street. My memories of past visits and the beautiful art here drew me into the quiet, calming interior of the gallery.

As I enjoyed the talents of the artists on display, an appreciation of privilege to enjoy fine art in our little country town washed over me. Adding art to your daily life is such a treat for the soul. Our community has much to offer in the arts.

Local artist Grace Butedma Gonso has a show at Juniper during June. The vibrant color in her depictions of familiar local scenes is very impressive. A particular painting of an Owen County farm scene elicited such memories that it brought tears to my eyes. Grace will be hosting an artist’s reception at the Gallery on Saturday, June 15th from 2 to 4 in the afternoon.

Art is also on display at the Dragonfly Gallery – a trip upstairs at the Dragonfly is another nice way to enjoy art and relax – and the Pride CommUnity Center on the Square. They have wonderful displays of works by local and regional artists in the form of photography, mixed media, pottery, and paintings. Buy some art and enjoy it in your home and support the arts.

Our Owen County Art Guild serves as a place for artists to meet and learn. Stop by to see more local art on display at their gallery at 199 W. Cooper Street.

And the art of music is readily available here. The Owen Valley Winery will be hosting Kade Puckett who will be performing this Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Local singer – songwriter Jeremy Sublette will perform a free concert at the McCormick’s Creek amphitheater on Saturday, June 15th from 7 to 9 p.m.

Great musical acts are coming to the Tivoli and Stable Studios out on Dubois Road regularly, so keep an eye out for their announcements.

Want to hear some new stuff, check out local band Inkwell Moon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Monday the 10th at the Owen County Public Library’s Monday Music Munch. Music and tasty food truck eats will be on hand every Monday in June.

This weekend, we’ll have a celebration of the arts amidst the beauty of Owen County as the annual “Arts in the Park” takes place at McCormick’s Creek State Park Saturday, June 8th. Woodworkers, jewelry makers, leatherworkers, mixed media artists, and more will be on hand to demonstrate their artistic endeavors. Music and dancing will all be represented along with many activities for art lovers of all ages. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free but park admission still applies. I’ll see you there.

Now from the Shameless Plug Department: The Owen County Civic Theater will be performing Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka – the Musical” on the Owen Valley High School stage (NOT the Tivoli this time). Performances are next Friday and Saturday the 14th and 15th at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, the 16th at 2 p.m.

The dramatic arts have always been special to me. I’ve enjoyed participating in past Civic Theater productions but this is my first musical. The experience of performing with a large cast of mostly young actors with a live orchestra of talented local musicians has been invigorating. The creativity, artistry, and tireless work of our co-directors Jessica Barrett and Landon Parker Curtis is very impressive. Watching their work in weaving together the story, the music, the choreography, costuming, and the props and sets is fascinating. This is some complex but very fun art.

I think you’ll find our Oompa Loompas adorable and our orchestra of talented local high school students to be very impressive. Come enjoy the art of theater and the performance of so many local artists – especially all of the young folks who bring this fun story alive with their acting, singing, and dancing. And, yes, I’ll be up there as the free loading Grandpa Joe. To get your golden ticket, go to https://owen-county-civic-theatre-company-inc.square.site. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. (If you have issues buying online, call me here. I’ll help you out.)

The arts schedule for just the next couple of weeks is jammed and the rest of the summer is full of many ways to enjoy many different forms of art in all types of venues. I’ll rate our local arts scene as “Very Artsy.” Get out and enjoy!

Another plug: This afternoon at 4 p.m. the First Friday MYPath walk will begin at the YMCA and continue to the MYPath Trailhead at Cooper Commons. There is return transportation to the YMCA, so you can park there, enjoy the group walk, and get a ride back. The walk is about two miles and takes about an hour. At the Trailhead, we’ll end the walk with a short mindfulness program if you’d like to join in. Come out and walk with us.

Your Owen County Community Foundation is committed to helping our communities become better places to live, grow, and work. We value the beauty of Owen County – including the beauty created by local artists, musicians, dancers, and actors.

If you would like to know more about this local charity, give me a call at 812-829-1725, email me at mark@owencountycf.org, visit us online at www.owencountycf.org, or stop by and visit us in person – we’re just down the block from the Juniper Gallery.