By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Thursday, October 20th, 2011 1:00 PM CST
The Fourth Gallery Hop of 2011 is Friday and this time should be as great as the last as Candle Makers On The Square presents Christy and Nathan Long as B&J Gallery presents Alice Gatewood Waddell and Teresa Christmas. We featured Nathan’s Deadman Shoes earlier this year. It is really nice that in Bowling Green we have a great art scene that is worth checking out and even buying from and the Gallery Hop helps us get exposed to the many artists that walk amongst us.
In a time when art education has been marginalized or even eliminated in school systems around the country, two local artists who share a belief that art can help students both gifted and troubled (or both) in ways that standard educational approaches cannot, will join forces for the very first time for a two woman exhibit at B & J Art Gallery, beginning with the Bowling Green Gallery Hop on October 21 and continuing until November 23.
Bowling Green native and WKU alumnus, Alice Gatewood-Waddell, whose work has been displayed in galleries all around the country and has earned international recognition, currently devotes her considerable talents to teaching art at the Academy at 11th Street, an alternative school for adolescents, and also at Group Effort, a residential school for boys. Both provide alternative education in the Bowling Green City school system, for children who have had trouble succeeding in typical school settings.
WKU alumnus, Teresa Christmas, has served as the Artist in Residence at Warren County’s Cumberland Trace Elementary School since 2003. Like Ms. Gatewood -Waddell , Christmas occupies a unique position in her school system. “The position has been funded in different years by special arts grants from the the Kentucky Department of Education, The Kentucky Women’s Foundation, and even the PTA.” Christmas explains. Christmas’s own art works have earned her recognition and awards, and her fearless determination to try something new continues to inspire her students at Cumberland Trace.
Stop wasting time in box stores with reprints and get a unique piece that helps support our local artists. The Gallery Hop, now in its 4th season provides an excellent evening out to enjoy the Bowling Green art scene. This year’s Brochure is available online and it’s a great resource to plan for upcoming events. The 2011 Hop features 13 Independent Galleries, Studio Centers and Non-Profit Galleries who will open their doors five Friday evenings for the community to enjoy the arts.
Hop by these locations on October 21st, Tomorrow from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, ArtsACCESS Gallery, B&J Gallery, Candle Makers on the Square, Capitol Arts Center, Ellis Walker Gallery, The Gallery at 916, Greener Groundz, Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center Gallery – WKU, Kentucky Museum – WKU, Memphis Marsha’s Art Gallery & Classes, The Pots Place Co-op Studio and Gallery, Pushin Building Artist’ Studio, and The Presbyterian Church.