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Arts in the Park showcase returns May 21

By Molly Haines

Since moving to Owen County two years ago, Gail Harrington has not only fallen in love with it’s people, but it’s thriving art community as well.
Herrington and her husband, who moved back to Kentucky from Maryland, wanted to retire to a community near a lake and wound up at Owen County’s well-known Elmer Davis Lake.
Since moving to Owen County, Herrington has built a pottery studio, joined the Owen County Arts Council and will take part as a vendor at this year’s Arts In the Park.
The event, which has been held in May for the past two years, will be held once again May 21.
Harrington, who is a pottery artist, said before retirement she had worked with pottery on and off for years.
“I knew in retirement pottery would be eminent,” Harrington said. “Once I did retire I decided to step it up and began expressing my artistic views through it. It’s just a way for me to use creative energy and think about how things are made, how you can make them and where you can go with it.”
Harrington’s pieces include pure artwork pieces, some utilitarian pieces, gardening pots, cookware and coffee cups.
A recent poetry reading at the Wild Goose Café led Harrington to join the arts council.
“There are so many gifted, talented people in Owen County,” Harrington said. “I was just blown away. I’m totally blessed and I can’t even tell you how excited I am to be a part of the arts council and this event.”
While living in Maryland, Harrington said she and her husband would always come back to Kentucky for the Sweet Owen Day festival held each September.
“We love Sweet Owen Day and we really enjoy going each year,” Harrington said. “Arts in the Park is just a different sort of thing. This is an event where we take time to celebrate the arts all day and help people express themselves. It’s really a dynamic thing for such a small county. To think that we put on something so wonderful for the entire community and anyone that wants to come. I think that’s pretty awesome.”
This year’s Arts in the Park will include music throughout the day, children’s art contests, a talent show, food and drinks, demonstrations on throwing pottery and painting, as well as vendors.
Despite tough economical times, Harrington said she hopes that everyone will take time out of their day to attend the event.
“There’s some different for everyone,” Harrington said. “They might see something they’ve never seen before and you’ll be going to a place where everyone is looking and talking about beauty instead of all of the mundane things that we fret over each and every day.”
This year’s Arts in the Park will be held from 11 a.m. ti 6 p.m. May 21 at the Owen County Fairgrounds.