By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
May 1, 2013 — As shown by the strong turnout at last week's Final Friday event, the Grayson Gallery and Art Center looks is thriving as its second anniversary approaches.
Launched during Grayson's Memory Days festival in 2011, the gallery has seen both measurable and sustained growth, averaging more than 100 patrons at its monthly shows.
Last Friday's “Celebrate the Earth” event saw 125 people come through the gallery's doors to see 90 multi-media works of art submitted by 40 artists from throughout the tri-state.
This summer the gallery will host a two-week camp for select 3rd through12th grade students in Carter County who have shown interest and aptitude in the arts and wish to explore specific media.
The camp will be funded by a $10,000 grant to the gallery by the Brushy Fork Institute at Berea College.
The Grayson Gallery and Art Center is primarily funded by an annual $12,000 contribution from the City of Grayson, as well as private donations.
The facility was recently certified as a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, which means that donations to the gallery are now tax deductible, as allowed by law.
Gallery board members Dan Click and Mindy Woods-Click also will be representing the visual arts community by serving as Grand Marshals in this year's Memory Days parade.
Joe Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 286-4201.