Baker Hunt parade showcases local talent

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 and ArtsWave 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 made."

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.

Do Good:

• 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

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