Artistry and entertainment at GGAC Final Fridays


By Portia Williams - [email protected]



‘Dead Tree’ wood carving by artist Larry Porter to be featured in the Grayson Gallery Final Fridays Art Show, June 24.


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‘Record Art by artist Roger McFadden to be featured in the Grayson Gallery Final Fridays Art Show, June 24.


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‘Grandmother’s Cellar’ hand-quilted wall hanging by artist Linda Lowe to be featured in the Grayson Gallery Final Fridays Art Show, June 24.


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‘Biltmore Gardens’ oil painting by Lee Ann Bilips-Blevins to be featured in the Grayson Gallery Final Fridays Art Show, June 24.


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GRAYSON, Ky. — The Grayson Gallery & Art Center will be presenting a wide array of original art during the monthly Final Fridays Art Walk with an opening reception for artists and the public Friday, June 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dan Click, Director of GGAC, said the event is overflowing with work from new artists.

“We are happy to have so many newcomers to the Grayson Gallery this month who will be eligible for the artist encouragement award,” Click said. “Several artists now involved have come about due to recent gallery events showcasing live music and other performances such as the cirque-flow troupe the Cosmadolls; many musicians are also artists and others are inspired by music itself in their creations. It is also nice to continue to expand on other types of arts such as creative writing by hosting a local author as well.”

More than 30 regional artists, including the work of several newcomers from across the Tri-State will display nearly 75 pieces; most will be for sale with a portion to benefit the GGAC, a non-profit 501c3 organization, as well.

Recent gallery events have introduced the venue to musicians who also work in visual art and their work will be among the many different media represented. From large-format photos by photographer Charlie Shelton to unique “Album Art” by Roger Madden, painting of all types, sculpture, fiber art, wood carving, woodworking, painted shoes and more will be on hand. Many pieces will have a “patriotic” theme as we head into the area’s 4th of July celebrations.

Additionally, local sports author David “Sully” Sullender will be presenting a book signing of his recent work “The Great Eight.”

Musician Larry Whitt will be providing a solo act with live music for the evening with his outstanding guitar sounds and amazing vocal range. A gallery favorite, Whitt often performs along with Brent Jack, Tom Berry and other members of his band “Blue-Eyed Soul” but plans an evening of softer sounds for this particular event (though his powerful electric guitar solos will also be included, no doubt).

Catering by Laura, with culinary chef Laura Delaney, will provide refreshments and water and soft drinks will iced down and shared with visitors at no charge via donations from Ralph’s Foodfair.

A brief Awards Ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. and visitors may vote for their favorite piece for the $50 “People’s Choice” award prior to 7:15. The GGAC Board Choice prize of $50 will be selected and announced as well. Donors Al Collinsworth and Susan Downing of Lexington, Ky, have continued their support of artists with the newly-created

“Brandon Click Artist Encouragement Award”, also $50 in cash, which will be given to artists relatively new to showing their work at the Grayson Gallery. Brandon was active in the arts as a photographer and also worked in various other media (along with a true love and appreciation of music) before his untimely death in 2014. Click said the GGAC sincerely appreciates this special donation and recognition.

The event is free to the public. The gallery will be open again on Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with other hours by appointment. Contact Dan Click, director of GGAC by email: [email protected], or visit the Grayson Gallery and Art Center’s Facebook page. To learn about the work of Sullender, visit the website: www.thegreateightbook.com.

‘Dead Tree’ wood carving by artist Larry Porter to be featured in the Grayson Gallery Final Fridays Art Show, June 24.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_thumbnail_Dead-Tree-woodcarving-by-Larry-Porter-1.jpg‘Dead Tree’ wood carving by artist Larry Porter to be featured in the Grayson Gallery Final Fridays Art Show, June 24. Courtesy photo

‘Record Art by artist Roger McFadden to be featured in the Grayson Gallery Final Fridays Art Show, June 24.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_thumbnail_Zeppelin-Vinyl-Record-Art-by-Roger-Madden-1.jpg‘Record Art by artist Roger McFadden to be featured in the Grayson Gallery Final Fridays Art Show, June 24. Courtesy photo

‘Grandmother’s Cellar’ hand-quilted wall hanging by artist Linda Lowe to be featured in the Grayson Gallery Final Fridays Art Show, June 24.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_thumbnail_Grandmother-s-Cellar-handquilted-Wall-Hanging-by-Linda-Lowe.jpg‘Grandmother’s Cellar’ hand-quilted wall hanging by artist Linda Lowe to be featured in the Grayson Gallery Final Fridays Art Show, June 24. Courtesy photo

‘Biltmore Gardens’ oil painting by Lee Ann Bilips-Blevins to be featured in the Grayson Gallery Final Fridays Art Show, June 24.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_thumbnail_Biltmore-Gardens-oil-by-Lee-Ann-Billips-Blevins-1.jpg‘Biltmore Gardens’ oil painting by Lee Ann Bilips-Blevins to be featured in the Grayson Gallery Final Fridays Art Show, June 24. Courtesy photo

By Portia Williams

[email protected]

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

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