MADISONVILLE, KY (10/17/12)—The City of Madisonville has leased the lower level of the historic train depot, also known as “The Center,” located at W. Arch Street, to the Hopkins County Art League.
Madisonville City Council member Mark Lee made the announcement on behalf of Mayor David Jackson and the City at Chamber After Hours several weeks ago, at Black Dog Fiber Studio in downtown Madisonville. The Hopkins County Art League sponsored the event and held an auction of art donated by its members. The event raised over $900, all of which will be used to purchase art supplies for Hopkins County high school art students.
"Our main goal is to try to promote the arts and interest in the arts within the community, and also to give back to the community," says current Art League President Suzanne Henley. "One of the reasons that we’ve decided to give it to the high school students is because teenagers are gung ho about whatever they are passionate about. We want to give them an avenue to express themselves. If they need supplies then that promotes the arts here and that’s an investment in this community."
At the event, Lee stated that the City is very pleased to partner with the Art League by making the space in the city owned building available for arts education for the community, as a working studio for artists, and gallery shows.
"Mark Lee helped us get into this place," explains former Art League President, Wayne Otsuka. "We now have a cost free lease with the city for the lower portion of the depot. Future plans include occasionally utilizing the upper portion for special events such as the Gallery Hop."
After receiving the key to the space from Lee, Henley stated that the League was very appreciative and intended to continue its efforts to increase general awareness of the arts in Madisonville and Hopkins County. The group hopes to collaborate with other organizations in bringing arts-oriented events and activities to downtown Madisonville.
"Art just makes Madisonville a nicer place to live," said Henley. "Art makes things beautiful."
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Written by Jessica Dockrey
Photo by Jeff Harp