‘Music and Art Circus’ at Grayson Gallery March 12

By Portia Williams - [email protected]

GRAYSON, Ky. — The very first ‘Music and Arts Circus’ is coming to The Grayson Gallery & Art Center, Inc. (GGAC), and will be held at the gallery 301 E. Third Street in Grayson, Ky. on March 12, 2016, at 4 p.m.

Dan Click, GGAC coordinator, said they are excited about the Music and Arts Circus event, and are hopeful that it will be an intrinsic part of fulfilling their mission at the Gallery.

“The Grayson Gallery has had live music at the majority of the opening receptions during the monthly Final Fridays Art Walk events over the nearly five years we’ve been in operation. Visitors have almost come to expect a performance, as they will often check out the visual art pieces and then settle in to sit a while in front of our little stage – even if there is no live performer,” Click said. “The idea of a music-focused event with art as more of a “background” sparked the idea of a collaboration between Tim Preston, a musician himself, and gallery board member Trevor Litteral, who is a member of the Luke & the Somethings band and their many contacts in the Tri-State music scene. With co-sponsorship by the Grayson Journal newspaper and the GGAC, Inc., we hope that sharing the talent of regional musicians will make even better use of the space and continue to fulfill our mission to provide a venue for showcasing the arts.”

A jointly-sponsored program by the Grayson Journal and the Grayson Gallery, it will be headed up by organizers/musicians Tim Preston (GJ) and Trevor Litteral (GGAC), according to Click. The background of art featured in the current “Peace & Love” show (works still on on display, along with the latest submissions for the upcoming annual “Women in the Arts” event) will be sure to add an extra special background of visual arts to the sounds of outstanding musicians and performers from across the region as well.

The stage will be set for several bands and musicians such as $5 Red, The Sugarbeats, appearances by Elias Johnson, Luke & The Somethings, Rev. Jeremy Grizzle, Bluto’s Tent and a blues-jam finale with Tim Preston & Soul Soup Sandwich – and even some form of an eight-foot bicycle or two – as well as a surprise guest (another local favorite singer/songwriter). Click warns that it will get extremely loud.

Refreshments will be provided by various donors, including Ale-8-1, as well as Friends of the Gallery.

The event is free to the public but, donations as well as tips for musicians are much appreciated.

The Grayson Gallery has held more than 50 art events over the past nearly five years, featuring visual art and live music during the monthly Final Fridays Art Walks and other special dates and have included hundreds of participating artists, dozens of musicians and thousands of visitors.

Click said due to increasingly more musicians and music-lovers’ requests to add additional events to further the GGAC’s mission “…to provide a venue for the arts”, the Music & Arts Circus will help fulfill that desire – we are listening.

Plans are underway to make this a monthly event (pencilled in as a “Second Saturday” music & arts program) and the Grayson Journal and Grayson Gallery organizers want to extend a special invitation to all area musicians to come out to see what it is all about and to register for the future rotation of musical talent to be showcased.

Female artists who plan to drop off work on the March 12, are asked to make plans to come a little closer to 1 p.m. and then remain around town, and stay for the festivities.

By Portia Williams

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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.