6th Annual Fall Arts Festival
TODAY from 11am-6pm
$5 per vehicle
Experience art-making in a fun hands-on way at JSP!! No experience needed, all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate!
Free ART Activities:
– Community sculpture, Despacho, designed by Stephen Payne and Mary Ratcliff. Be pART of the ART at JSP by adding your offering to our community sculpture to be exhibited at JSP! Materials provided, although you are welcome to bring your own as well if you choose.
– Experience the KY River Children’s Mural – get a taste of large scale mural painting guided by artists Jennifer Jones Zingg and Travis Kelley of Full Circle Studio.
– Storytelling with Mitch Barrett in the sculpture park, meet at the Chalk Talk at 2pm.
– Pottery wheels and guidance provided by Broadway Clay. You can learn the basics for throwing pottery on the wheel.
– Book binding (Joanne Price of Starpointe Studio will guide you through the creation of your own book using reclaimed materials)
– Tie dye (Doris Thurber will guide you through tie dyeing – FREE if you bring your own cotton item, or T shirts are available for $10)
– Sticker making fun (create and wear your own stickers)
– POP-UP Shakespeare throughout the park from 2-4pm.
– Sculpture scavenger hunt (explore JSP in search of sculptures & WIN art prizes!)
– Camp ArtyFact! activity area presented by the KY Historical Society from 2pm-4pm, help paint the frame for the KY mural, which is being cast in aluminum at the festival!!
– Additional art and craft activities for all ages!
Heike Endemann (Germany) will be our Artist in Residence from mid Aug. – end of Sep. and she will be carving on her massive wood sculpture using a chain saw throughout the day. Stop by and see how the work is created! Chainsaw carving from 11-1 and 3-5.
Jason Kelty will conduct limestone carving demonstrations from 1-3 and 4-6. Stop by and learn the basics, you can even try a few tools out for yourself!
– Hot Metal Pour: Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum will help you create your own cast aluminum relief sculpture that you take home – $30
– Glass blowing: Cupid’s Quest will lead you through the creation of your own glass ornament – $35
– Blacksmithing: Cupid’s Quest will teach you to hammer your own decorative hook on the blacksmith’s anvil – $25
Additional FUN at the festival:
– LIVE MUSIC on the KECU music stage all day long! – FREE
– Explore JSP on a self guided tour – FREE
– Bubble FUN from 3-5pm – FREE
– Community Drum Circle led by Phyllis Free at 5pm at the Turtle Island Drumsculpture, you can bring your own drums or use some of ours, no experience needed!!
– Hot Air Balloon rides from 4-6pm ($10 per person, weather permitting)
– Professional face-painting ($5 & $10) proceeds support the Fall Arts Festival!
– FOOD vendors will be on site including:
– JSP popcorn & ice-pops too!
KECU Music Stage:
11am: Billy and the Kid
12 pm: The Louisville Leopard Percussionists’ Steel Leopards
12:45: Western Hill High School Dance Team
1pm: Mitch Barrett
2pm: Dr. Jan – featuring Jeri Katherine Howell, Doc Conrad Shiba, Alex Ruffner & Nate Link
2:45: King Center Step Dancers
3pm: Phyllis Free & John Gage
4pm: Heath & Molly
5pm: Triceratops Jackson
Arts Festival at Josephine Sculpture Park
Sunday, Sep. 13 from 11am-6pm
Mark your calendars for Sunday, September, 13th to attend the Fall Arts Festival at Josephine Sculpture Park (JSP), which has become a true KY tradition for the whole family to enjoy. Now celebrating its 6th year, JSP designed the Fall Arts Festival to be a hands-on experience for all ages and abilities to be able to explore different forms of art-making through a series of free activities, demonstrations and special workshops led by professional artists. The festival has always included live music on the KECU music stage and this year’s line-up is the best yet including many local favorites. Dance, storytelling and theatre are also on the schedule this year and will occur both on and off the stage, so be on the lookout throughout the day for some pop-up Shakespeare! The event is from 11am-6pm at JSP.
JSP has partnered with several local artists to provide free art activities throughout the day. Jennifer Jones Zingg and Travis Kelley of Full Circle Studio will teach youth about the KY River Children’s Mural that is being painted at the Ward Oates Amphitheatre, which incorporates information about the local flora and fauna of the KY River Watershed into a series of summer art camps. Broadway Clay will have pottery wheels and clay for participants to practice throwing pots on the wheel with guidance from Les Greeman and Megan Sauter; this is always a big hit, and a little messy!! Doris Thurber will be leading the tie-dye activities, which are free if you bring your own cotton item to dye and shirts will be available for purchase to dye as well. New this year is book binding by local printmaker and book maker, Joanne Price. Reclaimed materials will be provided and participants will learn basic techniques in book binding. Additional activities include the sculpture scavenger hunt, designing your own stickers, self guided tours and as always, a few surprises!!
It has become a JSP tradition during the festival to invite everyone to participate in the creation of a community sculpture to be exhibited at the park once complete. Last year we began the Magellan Project, aka “Message in a Bottle”. Participants created their own messages using a variety of materials provided and collected to place inside a glass bottle. This project was so popular that we are still collecting bottles at various events and the final design has evolved (and grown quite large) due to its popularity and the high number of participants. The final sculpture is still in progress and will be completed soon, so you will have to plan another visit to see that piece completed!! The 2015 community sculpture is called Despacho, which means “to provide an offering”. This work was designed by two visiting student artists this summer, James Payne and Mary Ratcliffe of the University of North Florida. Materials will be provided to create and package your offering which will be tied onto the sculptural dome. You are also encouraged to bring your own offering to include if you choose.
The workshop series includes the hot metal pour, which is conducted by the crew from Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum (Solsberry, IL). Participants will be guided through the process of scratching their own design into a sand mold (provided) which will then be filled with molten aluminum by the crew. This process is called metal casting and it creates a relief sculpture that is about 5”x7” that you get to take home. This workshop costs $30. Cupid’s Quest will also return this year with Louisville glass artist, Robert Cheever. Cupid is the name of the furnace that Robert designed and built which he uses to melt glass for blowing ornaments out one side, and heat steel to be hammered on the blacksmith’s anvil out the other. You too can blow your own glass ornament with Bob’s guidance and hammer a decorative hook on the anvil to hang it from if you choose! These workshops range from $25-35. Even if you don’t create your own piece through a workshop, you can still experience the various processes and the fun as these demonstrations run throughout the day.
New this year are a variety of artist demonstrations including limestone carving and JSP resident artist, Heike Endemann (Germany) will be talking with visitors and demonstrating her sculptural process which includes a 75 year old Ash tree that had to be removed from the JSP property due to the emerald ash borer and, of course, a chainsaw! She is at JSP from now until Sep. 26th and she is creating a new sculpture to be installed at JSP as well as conducting sculpture workshops for youth, sponsored in part by the KY Foundation for Women. Definitely stop by her work space and talk to her about her process. In addition to Heike’s new sculpture, we have installed 11 new pieces in the Explore365 exhibit at JSP, which brings the total to nearly 50 works of art waiting to be explored! Explore365 is sponsored by Harrod Concrete.
The music stage, which is sponsored by the KY Employees Credit Union is located at the center of it all, in the Old Pond Amphitheatre. This year we are excited to announce the return of the Louisville Leopards, a youth percussion group recently featured on the Today show for doing an Ozzy Osbourne cover! Local favorites include a new venture featuring Jeri Katherine Howell called Dr. Jan, as well as the headliner, Triceratops Jackson. Phyllis Free will be travelling from Atlanta to play on stage with John Gage (Louisville) and may even sit in on Mitch Barrett’s set, whoa! Finally, all the way from Rumsey, KY, the original Revolutionary Roots Rockers, Heath & Molly are sure to get the crowd moving. Heath & Molly blend vocals, acoustic guitars, and various percussion to create a homegrown and powerful roots music experience with the sonic value of a much larger ensemble. The Kings Center Step dancers and the WHHS dance team will also perform.
Be sure to visit some other local partner booths such as the Franklin County Humane Society, Camp ArtyFact and the Frankfort Yoga Studio. The Bluegrass Theatre Guild will bring some drama to the festival and Salato Wildlife Center will bring some furry, feathery friends as well! The hot air balloon rides are a MUST and there will be face-painting sponsored by the Frankfort Optimist Club…OH, and don’t forget a visit from the Bubble Bug!!
What would a festival be without FOOD?? Well, we wouldn’t know because we have the BEST… You will recognize Frankfort’s own White Lightning Food Truck, operated by Chef Rick Paul of Rick’s White Light, serving up KY Proud! La Fiesta Grande will be serving the tastiest Mexican cuisine this side of the border, and you can top all that off at the Cheesy Mac Food Truck where you pick your noodles and your sauce. Be sure to save room for infamous Crank and Boom ice cream, yummy!
Parking for the festival is just $5 per vehicle, even a bus! So load up the family and friends and plan to make a day of it! There is no entry fee and there are more than a dozen free activities for everyone to enjoy. Explore the sculptures, make some art, revel in the music, fill your belly, meander in the meadow or fly high over the park in the hot air balloon; whatever your speed, enjoy your day at JSP!
So you want to know how you can get involved? There is still time to volunteer for this amazing community event! You can assist artists with activities, direct parking, greet visitors, sell concessions, and just about anything else you can imagine. You can sign up to volunteer with a friend or group too, just visit the JSP website and click on the Fall Arts Festival link for more information.
Please check the website for the most up to date information and schedule of events and be sure to pick up the Friday, Sep. 11 State Journal for the Fall Arts Festival map!
The Fall Arts Festival at JSP is sponsored by Frankfort Plant Board, Frankfort Parks & Rec, KY Employees Credit Union, the State Journal, KY Arts Council, Villas at Berry Hill, KY Foundation for Women, Harrod Concrete, Alternate Roots, Bill and Elaine Johnson and Rick and Billie Faye Duvall.
Josephine Sculpture Park is located at 3355 Lawrenceburg Rd in Frankfort.
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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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Visiting Artists at Josephine Sculpture Park
July 12-15: Ira Hill
Ira will be installing his monumental earthwork entitled, Epi Center July 13 and 14. Stop by and see this work come to life at JSP!
More of Ira’s work, including Epi Center can be seen on his website:
July 13-25: University of North Florida Sculpture Students
Sculpture students from the University of North Florida will be in residence Monday – Thursday each week creating and installing new sculptures on site and in the JSP studio barn. The residency will conclude with a public reception celebrating the 8 new sculptures created and an opportunity for you to participate in Despacho, by constructing your own small offering to be included in the sculpture. Public reception is free and open to all ages and abilities, Saturday July 25 from 10am-1pm.
More information HERE: Despacho!
July 25: New Sculpture Celebration & Collaboration!!
At Josephine Sculpture Park: FREE
10am – 1pm
Explore 8 new works created and installed by University of North Florida Sculpture Students, meet the artists and participate in the creation of Despacho. Participants will be provided with materials to create your own offering to include in this sculpture. You may also bring additional items to include in your offering or collect natural materials found at JSP. Fun and FREE for the entire family. All ages and abilities welcome!
More information HERE
Explore 8 new sculptures created by UNF sculpture students (along with several others) and participate in DESPACHO!
Despacho–literally meaning “dispatch”–describes the Andean practice of making offerings to the mountains, Mother Earth, and other spirits of nature in reciprocity, reverence, and thanksgiving. A despacho is an act of love, gratitude, and a reminder of the connections we share with all beings, elements, spirits, and sacred places. At the deepest level, it is an opportunity to enter into the essential unity of all things, the living energy of the universe.
We INVITE YOU to CREATE AN OFFERING
for the CELEBRATION and OPENING of
Presented by University of North Florida Students
Stephen Paine and Mary Ratcliff
VISITORS WILL RECEIVE A KIT FOR CREATING A PERSONAL OFFERING TO HANG INSIDE DESPACHO, a new sculpture at JSP. ALL AGES & ABILITIES WELCOME!
WAYS TO VIEW YOUR OFFERING
*As a gift of repayment to mother earth by presenting flowers, a thank you note, or a poem
*As a message or flowers you would give a loved one
*As sharing a wish or dream with the universe
*As delivering gratitude or positive energy into the universe
*As an unexpected, anonymous gift that would ultimately delight the recipient and nurture a relationship
**The most important aspect will be the genuine love, gratitude and care you put into each step.
2. ARRANGE THE ELEMENTS WITH CARE ON CLOTH PROVIDED, SECURE ITEMS BY WRAPPING CLOTH AROUND THEM AND TYING WITH TWINE. ATTACH HOOK TO TWINE.
3. GIVE YOUR OFFERING TO THE UNIVERSE BY HANGING IT INSIDE THE DOME. NOW THE OFFERING HAS BEEN MADE AND THE UNIVERSE WILL ACCEPT THE GOOD WILL FROM YOU AND THOSE AROUND YOU.
July 25: 10th Annual KY Heartwood Music Festival
At Millville Community Center: $7 each, Kids under 12 FREE
Enjoy the youth music competition, explore many activity and information booths and support Kentucky Heartwood, a non-profit organization working to protect & restore the integrity, stability, and beauty of KY’s native forests!!!
Explore the art activities at the JSP booth where you can create your own artwork to take home and get a head start on your sand mold for the Hot Metal Pour (Fall Arts Festival at JSP Sep. 13). Art activities are free and for all ages and abilities. Sand molds for the metal pour are $30 each. You can work on your mold at the event and get one on one guidance from sculptor Melanie VanHouten, or you can take it home to work on it at your own pace and bring it to the Fall Arts Festival in Sep. to be poured.
More information about the event and registering your child for the music competition can be found here: KY Heartwood Music Festival
July 26: Paint Party to support JSP Fall Arts Festival
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 “Fireflies 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!!
Painting with a Twist