What do pottery, Japanese comics, Greek architecture, belly dancing,
memoir writing, and yoga have in common? They are all part of the course
offerings at The Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center
In addition to the many classes available throughout the year, Baker
Hunt is holding two free workshops that give artists of all ages the
opportunity to display their talents at the Community Arts Center Day
Parade, Aug. 27.
Serving more than 1,500 students per year, Baker Hunt provides
professional art instruction in a compelling learning environment.
Located in the historic Licking Riverside Neighborhood of Covington, KY,
the campus is itself a work of art. "It's such a beautiful, peaceful
place to be," says Interim Art Education Director Rosemary Topie, who
also teaches pottery and mosaics. "Community Arts Center Day is an
opportunity for the community to see what is available here."
Rather than remain on the sidelines of the parade, members of the
community can play an active role. Two workshops co-sponsored by ArtWorks
encourage aspiring artists and musicians to contribute to the festivities. Debbie Brod
will oversee the construction of a portable parade sculpture using
recycled materials. Each workshop participant will create a piece of the
whole. Amy Dennison
will then demonstrate how to make musical instruments out of wood,
pipes, balloons, bottles, and beads. Both workshops are open to all age
groups and skill levels.
"Community art is such a fun process," Topie says. "Coming together and
playing a part in something bigger can be a life-changing experience. I
encourage parents to participate with their kids." The workshops, of
course, are only the beginning of the fun. "We hope people who come to
the workshops will also come to the parade and show off what they've
Those who can't attend the workshops can still take advantage of the
activities at the parade itself, including face painting with designer
Mary Faith Colon, making masks and costumes, and creating parade float
hats from shoeboxes. Whether they accompany their sculpture on its
journey down 7th Street or march to the beat of their brand new
instruments, artists young and old can discover the magic of turning
simple household objects into masterpieces.
• Join the fun. Workshops will be held at the Baker Hunt Studio, Aug. 10
from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m and Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Call
859-431-0020 to register. For more details about the Community Arts
Center Day Parade, see the events schedule
or visit Find Your Center Now
• Become a volunteer. Email
for more information.
• Become a Friend of Baker Hunt
. Donate to the youth scholarship fund, purchase a gift certificate
, or make reservations for Twilight in the Garden
, an evening of art, music, food and wine.
By Laura Thompson