By Meg Dickens
The Johnson County Center for the Arts celebrated its one year anniversary on Wednesday, August 29. Patrons enjoyed cake to mark the occasion. This milestone is a good time to put a spotlight on this local attraction. The idea for the center was born in Evelyn Cook’s library and blossomed into a reality. The Center for the Arts is a place where local artists sell their wares and the community comes to appreciate authentic Appalachian art. Currently, over 30 juried artisans are represented. This includes mediums such as woodworking, painting, pottery and illustrations. In fact, the Center for the Arts’ sign is a work created by students from the Johnson County High School Vocational School.
The center offers a wide variety of classes. Examples of previously offered classes include cyanotype printing, film-making, puppetry, robotics, internet marketing, photography and acrylic pouring. Local musicians often accompany events with music to set the mood. The Center for the Arts also has a Maker Space set aside where visitors are encouraged to get creative and make something of their own. After all, its motto is “Art is for Everyone.”
The center is peaceful. Patrons can enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry while perusing local art. More likely than not, patrons will run into an artisan working on his or her next masterpiece. These artists could be neighbors, friends, co-workers or family. Patrons will definitely spot familiar faces.
“The Center for the Arts is an amazing place. There’s something new every day,” said Temple Reece. “The atmosphere promotes inspiration, creativity and friendship. It has been a blessing for Johnson County and beyond.”
The Johnson County Center for the Arts has extremely positive feedback. Based on reviews, it received a score of 5 out of 5. It is a credit to the Johnson County community. Clearly, The Johnson County Center for the Arts’ first year was an overwhelming success. Expect to see more good things from it in the future.