Close to 20 people showed up for The Appalachian Arts Alliance’s (AAA) Arts In The Bag event that was held on Oct. 14 at the Coal River Grille. The event was $40 per person, and all of the proceeds went to AAA as part of the Run for the Hills Charity Challenge. AAA is one of the local 19 non-profits that takes part in the charity challenge. AAA supplied the paint, brushes, bags, and all other materials.
“You know, it’s one of those things that I have seen a lot of people do… the paintings. A lot of people do the paintings on canvases and stuff like that. We decided, lets do something similar, but different. Lets keep it easy. Let’s make it something that people can find functional and I think this is, hopefully, going to be the first of a pretty regular series that we are going to do. It won’t necessary all be bags, they might be different stuff in the future, but I think we are going to keep trying to do different stuff and bring art into it in different ways. So painting, drawing, and stuff like that,” said Bailey Richards, who lead the event for AAA.
Participants painted on a canvas tote, and Richards explains how she came about the idea of doing leaves.
“We decided to come up with something that could be easily explained and I saw some pretty cool looking leaves online and decided that seemed like just as good as any. We wanted to do something seasonal, so that way people who came to this event, now, and regularly in the future would be able too have different stuff,” she said.
This is the first time AAA has done Arts In The Bag, and Richards felt good with how many people have showed up. In the near future, Richards said that AAA will be doing arts programming, performances and different types of art events.
Richards also pointed out that AAA is the same non-profit that is building the Art Station in downtown Hazard.
The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky will match the money that AAA collected at the event. The matched money will be placed into a permanent endowment, and the endowment will grow over time and collect interest. The Foundation will distribute off of that each year to AAA.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.