Gallery Hop Stops

Our gallery hop event will be Friday, June 9, 5:30 – 8pm, at 16 locations, plus special exhibits in the McKinney Conference Center and the log courthouse in Constitution Square. Also, live music by Travis Kern at Danville Bike and Footwear.
For more information, contact: Mimi Becker, 859-236-2361, ext 111.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

2017 Art-full Affair

An Art-full Affair

Our bi-annual fundraiser, An Art-full Affair, will be held May 19 and 20 at Pioneer Playhouse to raise funds for arts scholarships for children, including the McKune Visual Arts Scholarship Fund, the Powell Performing Arts Scholarship Fund and the Lockhart Art Is Vital Fund. The Preview party will be from 7 to 9 pm on Friday; on Saturday, doors open at 6pm, with the drawing beginning at 7pm. Both events include complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. During intermission on Saturday, we’ll offer—at live auction—works that have been donated by nationally, regionally, and locally known artists, such as Sheldon Tapley, David Farmer, Dacelle Peckler, Stephen Powell and the Pieceable Friends Quilt Guild.

For a $100 donation, you get a ticket that admits two for both nights and your choice of an artwork or arts-related gift or service valued at no less than $150 when your name is called during the Drawing Party. Tickets must be reserved in advance, as the number sold is limited to the number items that have been donated for the drawing. For a $25 donation, those who want to socialize and be only a spectator during the drawing, can attend; however, the live auction is open to everyone. Due to the variety and number of available choices (if your name is called early), we encourage you to come to the Preview Party, talk to the artists about their work, and make a wish list that will help you decide quickly when your name is drawn.

Since beginning this scholarship program in 1994, the Arts Commission has awarded over $25,000 in assistance that provided children experiences in dance, vocal and instrumental music, drama and art camps, the humanities, and more. An Art-full Affair, our only fund-raiser held specifically to fund these arts scholarships, relies on the generosity of area artists and businesses who donate original work and arts-related gifts that are selected, in turn, by ticket holders as their names are drawn. .

This event wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations from our local arts community and arts-related businesses who give their time, their work, and their creativity. To assure that you’ll have a ticket or to participate as a donating artist, please contact Mimi Becker at [email protected] or call 859-236-2361, ext. 111.

All donations to the McKune Arts Scholarship Fund, the Powell Performing Arts Scholarship Fund and the Lockhart Art is Vital Fund are gladly accepted, too, at Fisher’s Row 1, 105 East Walnut Street in Constitution Square.

Plein Air Artists create in Constitution Square

The Plein Air Artists of Central Kentucky will be painting in Constitution Square September 19th from mid morning to mid afternoon.


Save the date! Gallery Hop is JUNE 9, 2017

Join us for a night of fun with the arts. More than 40 local artists will exhibit and sell their work downtown during our 27th Gallery Hop on Friday, June 9th from 5:30 to 8:00.  You’ll find acrylic, oil, watercolor, pen & ink, wood, jewelry, photography, and more in the anticipated 18 Hop Stop locations.  There are wonderful items to please you or someone special.  You are sure to find something just perfect for adding to your collection of local art.

Don’t forget to pick up your Hop Stop map available in each location conveniently marked with a purple arts event banner.  Come visit old friends and make new ones at the HOP!

This commission free opportunity for artists is made possible by a generous grant from our local Kentucky Utilities Company.


Double your donation dollars!

Because we recognize the role of the arts in creating a desirable place to live, the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle Co. works diligently to integrate the arts locally. That comes with a cost, as does most everything that improves our lives. It’s always a struggle for non-profits like us to raise funds. We depend on membership dollars, donations, and grants to continue creating opportunities for local visual and performing artists to develop and share their talents and for residents to enjoy them here at home.

That’s why we have decided to become part of the 2016 GoodGiving Challenge. From 9 am on November 29th until 11:59 pm on December 31st, we’ll engage in a fundraising event through Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing. During that window, we’ll ask our community to support us by renewing memberships or by making tax-deductible donations that, when made via the official Challenge Web site, could be eligible for matching funds. All gifts must be made through the Web site.  The exciting thing about the Challenge is that if we reach specific levels of giving during the event, your dollars could increase”, said Mimi Becker, Arts Commission executive director. “It’s like turning $25 into $50!” Check our Web site ( and your email beginning November 29th for more information about the Challenge and how you can help us reach our goal of $7,500!  This year, some winning prize money will come as funds to be invested in an endowment which will ensure the Arts Commission remains on sound financial funding for the future.  After all, Arts are Vital!

Community Impact Award

The Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County is the proud recipient of this year’s  “Community Impact Award” given by The Chamber at their Annual Celebration, held earlier this year.

The award, first presented at The Chamber’s 2008 event, is bestowed on either an individual or organization who has responded to an identified need and has initiated actions, affecting people in the community in significant or profound ways. The criteria for the award state that the efforts must not have been made for personal gain or notoriety.

Needless to say, we are proud that our efforts have been recognized by leaders in our community. Our thanks go to our sponsors, to all our members, and to the directors of our board for their support. You have made this achievement possible. That said, we must recognize the efforts of Ann Nichols, our executive director, who deftly orchestrates everything we do with diligence and finesse.

2012 Arts Citizen

The Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County named Barbara Reynierson the 2012 Arts Citizen at its Annual General Meeting, held in late January.  Reynierson, now retired, taught art in both the Danville and Boyle County Schools, and affected the art skills and appreciation of countless young people. She is a graduate of Centre College and earned her rank and masters degree at Eastern Kentucky University.