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Artists called to ‘Walk Through History’ for City Hall display project

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By Robert Villanueva

By ROBERT VILLANUEVA rvillanueva@thenewsenterprise.com HARDIN COUNTY — Local artists can brush up on history while preparing artwork to submit to a project sponsored by the Elizabethtown/Hardin County Heritage Council.

The Walk Through History project seeks artists to paint pieces depicting nine historical scenes for permanent display in Elizabethtown City Hall parking lot. The artwork will be done in acrylic and will be placed on concrete panels there.

“We believe we’ll have a lot of feedback,” said Dana Beth Lyddan, executive director of the Elizabethtown/Hardin County Heritage Council.

Applications, which can be picked up at the Historic State Theater Complex, are due June 27 and there is no fee to apply. Artwork is due by Sept. 15.

Interested artists are asked to submit their work in a format of 18 inches by 12 inches. Artwork will be standing figures from nine subjects that span the 1700s to the present and the council hopes to have all nine scenes represented in artwork.

Some of the scenes are “The Settling of Severns Valley, 1779,” “The Civil War, 1860,” “Industry, 1920-1940s” and “Civil Rights, 1960s.” Each scene requires the depiction of specific subject matter, events and people.

Already some artists have applied for the project, said Judy French, president of Central Kentucky Art Guild. The guild is part of a committee working with the council on the project.

“I think it'll be a good addition to downtown,” French said.

Artists can apply to paint more than one of the historic scenes, she said.

The committee will evaluate submissions to determine if one artist will do all the pieces or if the project will use multiple artists.

“There’s a possibility that there can be more than one artist doing more than one piece,” Lyddan said.

The council will make its selection of the winning artists Sept. 19, after which winners will be notified. Winning artists must pick up the 6 foot by 4 foot boards by Oct. 3 and must complete their project by Jan. 9.

“We’re just excited about the project and think it will be a nice attraction,” Lyddan said.

  MORE INFO Artists can pick up applications for the Walk Through History project at the Historic State Theater Complex and must return them by June 27. For more information about the project, contact Judy French at 735-9698 or jmfrench9@windstream.net.   Robert Villanueva can be reached at (270) 505-1743.