Chris Rogers, Sound Engineer at the Kentucky Opry and President of the Executive Board of Directors of the Princeton Art Guild, was in studio Wednesday morning to talk to WPKY about both the Kentucky Opry and the Princeton Art Guild.

Chris started off by telling listeners about some upcoming acts at the Kentucky Opry in Draffenville, including the Moron Brothers Friday, April 20th, at 7:30PM. Chris said that they are a family friendly comedy act that includes a little bit of bluegrass. Other upcoming acts include The Cleverlys on May 11th, Carl Hurley on June 2nd, The Everly Brothers Experience Tribute Band on June 16th, Moe Bandy on July 21st, Jimmy Fortune on August 25th, and Gene Watson on August 21st and 22nd. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by calling the box office at 270-527-2869 or by visiting them here.

Chris also mentioned that they highlight local talent as well with several different shows. Currently their Talent Search is on Saturday nights at 7:30PM, free bluegrass nights are on the first Friday, and free southern gospel nights are on the third Friday of the month. Chris did note that the southern gospel night has been moved to the fourth Friday this month because of the Moron Brothers’ show. Chris also mentioned that the Walmart yodeling kid, Mason Ramsey, who was recently rocketed to fame over a viral video, is currently in their Talent Search at the Opry.

Chris then changed gears and spoke about the Princeton Art Guild. He reminded listeners that the Art Guild has decided to postpone the Pennington Festival this year, and have moved it to an every other year schedule. He also stated that the Art Guild has had their Artisan Festival every autumn at Eddy Grove Vineyard, but now that they have announced they’re closing, the Art Guild is looking for another spot to hold a similar event. If anyone in the community has a location that could be used feel free to call the Art Guild at 270-365-3959.

Chris then told listeners that the Art Guild currently has 191 members, but that they are always looking for more. The Art Guild has several membership packages that will fit everyone’s budgets. An individual membership is $20 a year, with family memberships $30 a year. They also have donor levels for those who pay $50 to $99 a year, Friend of the Arts membership for $100 to $249 a year, sponsors for $250 to $499, patron memberships for $500 to $999, and benefactor memberships for $1,000 or more a year. Chris stated that all businesses that support the Art Guild will now be listed on their website with links back to the businesses’ own websites. Chris also said that members are allowed to sell their artworks in the entrance gallery at the Art Guild, but you do not have to be an artist to be a member, you merely have to have a love for the arts.

Chris then quickly mentioned that the Art Guild offers children’s classes, including the upcoming “Mommy and Me” Edible Sculpting Class on Saturday, May 5th from 1 to 3PM at the Art Guild. The class will be instructed by Cathy Lewis of Cathy’s Confections and Mrs. McLovets’ Cupcakes. Cost is $20 for mother and child and the class is filling up fast. Anyone interested in attending needs to call 270-365-3959 to sign up.

Chris then told listeners of the current and upcoming exhibits at the Art Guild. The current exhibit is “For the Love of Art (and Each Other)” by local artists Richard Veselik and Amy Millspaugh. Richard and Amy have been creating art individually and collaboratively for their entire twenty-six year marriage and have 157 pieces in the exhibit, all of which are on sale. There will be an artist’s reception for them on Sunday, May 6th, from 2 to 3:30PM, at the Art Guild. The event is come and go and free and open to the public. You can view the exhibit on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11AM to 2PM. The exhibit will be up through the end of May. Upcoming exhibits include, for June and July: “Caldwell Travels: Student Reflections of Italy and Greece,” an exhibit by those Caldwell County students who recently traveled to Italy and Greece; and for August and September: Audrey Lamb will be showcasing some of her photography.

Chris then mentioned that the Art Guild will soon start a fundraising campaign to repair the murals on Market Street in downtown Princeton. He also stated that they are hoping to start trust fund accounts for all the murals in Princeton to supply funds for repairs as opposed to relying on fundraising campaigns each time.

For more information about any of the upcoming shows at the Kentucky Opry, or to purchase tickets, call them at 270-527-2869 or visit them here. For more information about the Princeton Art Guild, becoming a member, or when exhibits will be, call them at 270-365-3959, visit them here, or on Facebook at Princeton Art Guild, Inc (the one with the red doors in the profile picture).

You can watch the full interview with Chris Rogers below.

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