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Josephine Sculpture Park, the only sculpture park in the commonwealth, proudly presents the summer workshops for the 2016 season. Josephine …
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Find JSP workshops here and there through October…
Sand Mold Workshops
Aug. 21 & Sep. 4 from 7pm-9pm at Completely Kentucky
Enjoy the sweet sounds of the FREE Summer Concert on the lawn of the Old Capitol in downtown Frankfort and stroll across Broadway to the JSP Sand Mold Workshop in front of Completely Kentucky. AND THE BEST PART>>> if you spend just $25 at Completely KY, you will get your mold for just $25 too (regular price is $30) AND the fine folks at Completely KY will donate another $5 to JSP for every discount made!!! You get the discount and they make the donation…AWESOME!
You can get guidance from Melanie VanHouten about how to get started on your sand mold, or you can just pick one up to work on at home. These molds will be poured during the upcoming Fall Arts Festival at JSP on Sunday Sep. 13. RALLY!!!
Tie Dye T-shirts
Aug. 22 from 11am-2pm at Ward Oates Amphitheatre FREE
Celebrate Frankfort Fairness in technicolor! Youth T-shirts will be provided, or bring your own cotton item to dye. Local artists Doris Thurber and Melanie VanHouten will assist you in creating your own tie dye design. Please bring a ziplock or plastic bag to take your shirt home.
Aug. 29 at JSP – registration required FREE
For youth ages 8-12
This is a 3 hour workshop and you can choose either the morning group from 9am-12pm or afternoon group from 1pm-4pm.
Register your child for this FREE workshop with international sculptor, Heike Endemann. Participants will create sculptures of their own design using wood from a 75 year old Ash tree that was lost due to the Emerald Ash Borer. They will also get a tour of the park and learn about the process that Heike uses in the creation of her large outdoor sculptures. All materials and tools will be provided. No experience necessary. Space is limited, so please register early. More info and registration HERE. This workshop is supported by The KY Foundation for Women.
Sep. 13 from 11am-6pm at JSP – $5 to park – workshop prices vary
Mark your calendars now and plan for a fun-filled day of hands-on art activities for the whole family. A variety of free art activities are offered including pottery wheel throwing, community sculpture, tie-dye, sticker designing, book binding and more. Enjoy artist demonstrations such as raku firing, stone carving and meet JSP artist in residence Heike Endemann as she demonstrates her chainsaw wood working techniques on a new sculpture to be installed at JSP! Additional artist led workshops such as metal casting, glass blowing and black-smithing are also available for an additional workshop fee (from $25-$35). EXPLORE MORE at the JSP Fall Arts Festival!!!
Oct. 17 & 18 at JSP registration required – FREE ($35 material fee for stone)
This is a 2 day workshop for ages 16 and up, no experience needed. Learn the basics of stone carving from design to tool techniques from master stone carver Antoinette Schultze. High speed diamond tools and stone splitting with wedges and shims will be demonstrated on soft stone (alabaster) and hard stone (granite and marble). Small pieces of alabaster will be available for purchase for $35, or you may bring your own stone suitable for carving (less than 80 lbs.) Space is limited, so please register early. This workshop is supported by The KY Foundation for Women.
At Painting with a Twist in Lexington:
$35 each (all ages)
Help support the Fall Arts Festival at JSP and have a BLAST painting this fun design “Fieflies at JSP”!!
You must register for this event and half of each registration will be donated to JSP and support the Fall Arts Festival on Sunday, September 13!! So plan a paint party with your friends or family and support JSP!!
Registration info: PAINT for JSP!!
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Frankfort, KY – June 2, 2014. Director Kathi E.B. Ellis and Josephine Sculpture Park Artistic Director, Melanie VanHouten announce an all-female version of “Henry V”, sponsored by the Kentucky Employees Credit Union, which will be performed June 11-13 & 18-20 at 7p.m. each evening at Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Road, Frankfort, KY. Tickets for the performance can be purchased in advance at KECU and Completely Kentucky (both in Frankfort) starting May 20th. Tickets are also available at the park prior to each evening’s performances and on the JSP website. Tickets are $12 adult and $8 for youth under 10.
Josephine SummerStage is a unique partnership between the visual and performing arts. This year’s production introduces Minneapolis-based sculptor Alison Hiltner to JSP where she will be in residence the week of May 17 to create this year’s sculpture. She joins VanHouten and Ellis (Louisville) together with Sound Designer Phyllis Free (Atlanta, GA) who have been part of the core creative team since the 2011 inception of SummerStage. 2012 costume designer Lindsay Chamberlin (Louisville) returns to the production as do Megan Burnett (Louisville) as voice coach (who studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London), independent artist Lee Look (Louisville) as fight choreographer, stage manager Lauren Camargo (Lexington) and music coordinator Paul T. Carney (Louisville). Joining the production staff for the first time is assistant stage manager Christophe Leong (Louisville) who was part of the acting company in 2014.
Each Josephine SummerStage production is grounded in the natural landscape of the park and also foregrounds the natural world, embracing the outdoor environment in which the story unfolds. In the year of the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, this all-female “Henry V” explores the costs of war at home and abroad through the lens of the Vietnam War and through the voices of women. Hiltner’s vivid evocation of the east combined with Free’s period western music and simulated eastern motifs transport the audience to a specific time and place while Shakespeare’s text reminds of us the universal issues of warfare.
The acting company includes returning performers Lynne Chenault (Shelbyville), and Meg Caudill, Erica McClure, (Louisville); Alana Ghent (Lexington) and Frankfort students Natalie Dufour and Annabelle Renshaw. Joining the company for the first time are Frankfort newcomer Megan Hawley, Louisville area-based performers Megan Burnett, Hallie Dizdarevic and Chelsea Skalski; Alice Jones (Richmond); Western Kentucky students Julia Badger and Kirsten Kellersberger; Mandi Hutchins (Borden, IN); and Megan Adair (New Albany, IN).
Audience members are encouraged to arrive early in the evening to picnic & explore the grounds of Josephine Sculpture Park. Take the opportunity to view more than forty sculptures & murals on exhibition, and bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. for a comfortable evening of Shakespeare under the stars. The park entrance is located at 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd, Frankfort, KY. JSP is less than three miles south of I64; parallel to US HWY 127S.
The Kentucky Employees Credit Union proudly supports the arts in our community and returns to Josephine SummerStage as title sponsor for the fourth year. Additional production support comes from the KY Arts Council and area businesses and organizations.
Many people may not know it exists. Yet, thousands pass by it daily going about their busy days, perhaps commuting to work and passing it twice daily, five days a week. From US 127 headed from Frankfort towards Lawrenceburg, it looks much like the miles and miles of other family farms along the highway. Except that there is something very different sitting in the open fields – art. Josephine Sculpture Park is located on about 20 to 30 acres, out of a family farm of about 100 acres, dedicated to the appreciation of art and the nature. Named for “Granny Jospehine”, Artistic Director Melanie Van Houten grew up on and enjoyed exploring her grandparents farm. She felt a connection with the land here and found inspiration there. Her grandmother was one of her biggest fans and supporters in her love of art. 30 years after Granny Josephine’s passing, the space named after her has become a place for artists to display monumental sized sculptures in their preferred mediums, where Shakespeare comes alive each summer, where kids and adults alike enjoy workshops in the arts, and families can enjoy art and nature free of charge.
Open year-round, the Josephine Sculpture Park also plays hosts to visiting artists and offers workshops, some of them free, through grants and generous supporters throughout the community. One such artist is Atlanta-based Phyllis Free, a free lance musician and artist, who has played host to workshops at the park in the past as well as assisted with the yearly Shakespeare SummerStage productions held there. Two such free workshops were held at JSP this past weekend. Both sponsored byThe Kentucky Foundation for Women and The Kentucky Arts Council, a full-day workshop held on Saturday, catered to adults. While a half-day workshop was held on Sunday for teens and tweens.
Nine adults showed up for the Saturday workshop entitled “Exploring Nature & Creating ART”. The day focused on multi-disciplinary creative arts activities, including music, story-telling, poetry, and hands on crafting using items in nature that inspire.
I was privileged to personally attend this workshop, as a participant, and not just a spectator behind the camera. I signed up with the intention of having a much needed “me day” – a day that was much needed and was not meant to be for other reasons. Those who are closest to me, know I have a huge heart and that I have taken on the guardianship of a mentally ill young lady. Now, anyone who reads this knows that too. Although she has a mother, she resides in Florida. Having never met this woman and only having conversations, sometimes heated, via text messaging and the rare phone call, I signed her and her daughter up for the same workshop as myself. The goal was to facilitate a good day between the two, and allow her mother and me to get to know each other. I invited a friend of mine as sort of a “buffer”, someone to have my back if necessary or just hang out with. This unlikely group was able to create something together during the workshop – collaborating, helping gather materials, helping understand each other, and creating something as “art” in a natural setting. We called it, “The Healing Heart”.
But it wasn’t just our small group that came to this magical place to “heal”. Out of the nine attendees, seven were dealing with some sort of deep loss, some very personal and recent. Others, although years ago, were like just yesterday. No one knew going into the day how it would turn out. There was no way for Phyllis and Melanie to know what a service they were providing for most of those in this group. By the end of the day, the stories, the poems, the art, and communing with nature, made for a “profound experience”, according to Van Houten.
The main reason why the park was created was that she wanted to, in her words, “connect with people, and them to each other, as well as to the land and the art.” And the workshop experience that she had on Saturday was exactly what she envisioned so many years ago.
Those of you from the 80’s will remember the cult classic, “The Breakfast Club”. It was a movie about five teenagers from different socioeconomic backgrounds, from different social groups in school, that were forced to come together during a Saturday detention session. Every person who sees this movie can identify with one or multiple characters in the movie.
This workshop was much like that – the young couple, one having serious health issues and both dealing with depression because of those issues; three bereaved parents, two having stillbirth children a decade or more ago, one very recently losing a young adult child to chemical dependency and subsequent suicide; the widow, having lost a spouse to a sudden and unexpected accidental death; the mentally ill, still on the long road to recovery from a serious paranoid schizophrenic breakdown only a year ago. Each coming from different pasts, sharing their experiences and differences, and either coming together to express their emotions through the art, or separately expressing their art visually, then sharing and explaining in the form of poetry or in their story telling.
The purpose of the workshop was to teach us to just “go with the flow” – the flow of nature, the flow of the art, the flow of the expression of that art. In the words of a dream that one of attendees had prior to the workshop, “leave things be and they will become clear”.
Another attendee stated about the experience, “we forget as adults to be kids. This day helped me find the kid in me today.”
If you’ve not been to Josephine Sculpture Park, then you’re missing out on a true Frankfort treasure! Pack a lunch. Bring the family. Sign up for one of the workshops. Attend an outdoor Shakespearian play. Attend an art festival. This place is magical and can feed the soul.
JSP is open 365 days a year, from dawn until dusk and is free of charge. You can grab a map and explore the variety of art on display.