Artists taking to the street in Old Washington

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
In this file photo, artist Rob Weingartner crafts a set of earrings at his studio in Washington Hall, in Old Washington. -

Giving artists in the village an opportunity to showcase their talents was the inspiration behind this weekend’s Arts of All Sorts in Old Washington.

The event also offers visitors a chance to get reacquainted with one of the commonwealth’s earliest settlements.

“It’s a fun day for all ages,” Ginny Butler, one of the organizers, said.

Events will take place in Washington Hall and on historic Main Street.

Arts of All Sorts, sponsored by the Ohio River Valley Artist Guild and the Elizabeth Wallingford Foundation, is set for Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., with a Jam Session followed by Ukulele From Scratch at noon where participants will learn to play the instrument, Butler said. The session will be led by musician Nick Denham.

An open mic/poetry reading is set from 4 p.m. and square dancing with live music will begin at 7 p.m., no experience required, Butler said.

The open mic event will feature poetry readings by published poet Nicole Wilson.

Visitors will also find a community mural for display which they can add their artistic touch to, Butler said.

Throughout the day, visitors will find demonstrations from local artists including basket-weaving by Karen Fulton, woodcarving by Bruce Jones, print-making by Ken Swinson, watercolors with Rob Weingartner, felting by Teresa Barnes and spinning by Rev. Michael Henderson. There will also be pottery demonstrations and guests will be able to select a piece to glaze. All demonstrations and lessons are free of charge, Butler said, although artists will have work available for sale.

The entire village has gotten behind the event and is participating, Butler said, making sure ice cream and refreshments are available throughout the day.

There will also be children’s activities planned throughout the day, Butler said, and even local farmers will be on hand to offer fresh produce for sale.

For more information contact the Maysville-Mason County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

In this file photo, artist Rob Weingartner crafts a set of earrings at his studio in Washington Hall, in Old Washington.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_weingartner-1.jpgIn this file photo, artist Rob Weingartner crafts a set of earrings at his studio in Washington Hall, in Old Washington.

Mary Ann Kearns

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