Thursday, August 28, 2008

Summer break over for Arts Council

by Pat Knight

The Morgan County Area Arts Council resumed its monthly meetings last Saturday at the Brush Library after a summer hiatus.
New board members Ann Iungerich, Bonnie and Lawton Lieder were introduced and shared their background with longtime board member Delane Gagen and president Pat Knight.
A discussion of the Arts Council attendance at the Fort Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce’s ag appreciation barbecue Sept. 17 followed. The Barn Quilt project, an extension of the Arts Council, will provide a small barn quilt painted by Ann Iungerich to be auctioned off. There will also be a booth at the barbecue featuring a barn quilt painted by Nancy Lauck in addition to barn quilt information and Department of Agriculture agri-tourism directories.
A barn quilt booth will also be present at the Annual Fort Morgan Car Show the morning of Saturday, Sept. 20. Look for the booth near the gazebo at Library Park. Maps and information on some of the many barn quilts will be available.
The Arts Council and its partners regret that because of the overwhelming response from the public to this outdoor art project, donations will be accepted for the barn quilt plywood. Diamond Vogel Co. will continue to be the main provider of the paint. Bloedorn Lumber and Ackleys Building Center supply the plywood at a discount.
The Art Council’s Web site is in need of an update, and Carma Leichty has been invited to attend the September meeting with revisions and costs.
The Annual Holiday Fair on Oct. 11, sponsored by the Arts Council and held at the Morgan County Fairgrounds, is being planned and calendar information has already been sent to American Profile magazine and REA’s Country Life magazine. Applications from artists and crafters need to be returned by Sept. 1. Rodney Meade, an Akron musician, will provide entertainment and the council hopes to have hay rides during the day.
The overall feeling at the Arts Council meeting was one of enthusiasm for the future of art in the area. Watch for exciting pieces of art in local businesses and look for advertising in Front Range publications regarding upcoming art events.
**This barn quilt at the Fort Morgan Senior Center is one of a number of the artworks scattered around Morgan County. The Morgan County Area Arts Council will have a quilt up for auction at an upcoming ag appreciation barbecue and a booth at an upcoming car show.