Artist showcase set to coincide with Christmas parade

Herald Staff

November 15, 2013

Perry County is set to kick off the holiday season next weekend with the annual Christmas parade along Main Street, and if you’re looking for something to do that weekend, you may want to get to the downtown a little early.

InVision Hazard, a newly formed citizens group tasked with developing the city’s downtown community, is coordinating what the group is calling an “impromptu arts exhibition” to coincide with this year’s parade. The exhibition will allow local artists an opportunity to present their work via window displays along portions of the parade route.

The showcase is meant to serve as a kickoff for the downtown revitalization effort while also bringing attention to an upcoming arts center planned for the former JIL Office building on Main Street, which was recently purchased by the Arts Alliance.

“We’re delighted that this event will celebrate the wide variety of creative talent we have here in Perry County,” said Allison Tse with InVision Hazard. “It also provides a timely opportunity to do a little Christmas shopping for friends and family—and support our local creative economy at the same time!”

Artwork ranging from paintings to woodworking will be on display, with 26 locations on Main, Lovern, and High streets taking part. Several pieces will be available for purchase by contacting the artist as contact information will be available at each site, according to an InVision Hazard press release announcing the event.

Bailey Richards, who is also with the InVision Hazard initiative and helped coordinate the showcase, added free maps will be available at different locations detailing individual displays.

The artists’ work will be on display from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, while the annual Christmas parade is set to begin at 4 p.m. Lineup for the parade will begin at 3 p.m. at the CHICKS Village in front of City Hall. Carriage rides will begin afterward in Triangle Park, and you can also get your photo taken with Santa immediately following the parade at City Hall.

For more information about the artist showcase, you can check out the event’s Facebook page. Tickets for the evening carriage rides are currently available for purchase at the Kentucky Farm Bureau office on Morton Blvd.