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CU's Log Cabin Art Shop now open

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Joan C. McKinney

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University's new Log Cabin Art Shop is now open.

The art shop, located in a small log cabin at 503 N. Columbia Ave., features artwork created by CU faculty, staff, students and alumni. The shop is sponsored by the Campbellsville University Patrons of the Visual Arts, of which Campbellsville artist Carolyn Ogden is president.

The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with volunteer artists, whose work is on display, and those who are members of the Patrons of the Visual Arts, in charge of the shop. The shop will be open extended hours for special events such as Homecoming and the annual Campbellsville Christmas Home Tour.

The art shop will be closed on Mondays to set up new displays and will be closed on university holidays.

Portions of the sales of the art pieces go to Campbellsville University as well as the artists.

Some of the artwork on display and for sale for the first showing include paintings, prints, watercolors, drawings, ceramics, greeting cards, purses, rustic canes, felted items, jewelry, pottery, photography and woodworking. The work is juried before it is displayed.

Among the artists whose work is for sale are Carolyn Ogden, Cora Renfro, Billie Sue Kibbons, Dr. Robert L. Doty, Dwight Renfro, Charlotte Humphress, Davie Reneau, Susie Trejo-Williams, Linda J. Cundiff, Lana Carol Houk, Henrietta R. Scott, Jaime Renfro, Renee Renfro, Hugh Leachman and Stan and Joan McKinney.

Ogden said, "I think the art shop will benefit the university and community by helping to educate the public more about art in general and introduce them to the artists.

"There are many talented artists here that the public are not even aware of."

She said, in the future, the university will be able to add to the proposed Art Village being developed at CU.

The art shop has a Facebook page with the name Patrons of the Visual Arts. There are also pictures from the private opening of the shop Aug. 23 on Campbellsville University's website at www.campbellsville.edu on Flickr.

Residents can support the visual arts by naming a log, bench, gallery or the cabin in honor or in memory of a family member or special friend. Costs range from a chimney stone for $25, logs from $50 to $500, a bench for $1,000, small log cabin art gallery for $2,500, main log cabin art gallery for $5,000 and the log cabin art shop for $10,000.

For more information about the Log Cabin Art Shop, contact Ogden at cfwo4@windstream.net or (270) 465-5380.