Arts Appreciation

Everyone can enjoy looking at a painting or listening to a piece of music, but the more you know, the more your enjoyment grows!  Our Arts Appreciation classes offer you the chance to dig deeper and listen bigger.  Join us to learn more about the cultures and moments that shaped great art, the artistic techniques that move us, and the lives of the talented people who share their gifts with the world.  We often partner with our friends at Centre College for these programs and enjoy learning from their fabulous faculty! 

Spring 2019 Arts Appreciation Lecture Series:

Tuesday, March 12 – “The Rise of the Gothic” -with Dr. John Kinkade”
Tuesday, March 19 – “The Western as American Myth” with Dr. Stacey Peebles
Tuesday, March 26 – Almost in the Air: Robert Johnson and the Blues” with Stanley R. Campbell
Tuesday, April 9 – “The Aesthetics of Birds” with Dr. Stephanie Fabritius

LWTA: John Bowling – Model Railroads
Jul 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA: John Bowling - Model Railroads

Lunch with the Arts: John Bowling – Model Railroads
Wednesday, July 17 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door – 406 Maple Avenue

As a former City Commissioner, Mayor, and member of the KY State House of Representatives, John Bowling is a well-known figure in Danville. But did you know he is also a model railroad aficionado? Join us on July 17th for an introduction to the tiny – and fabulous! – world of model railroads. 

Things to know about this event!

  • This event is off-site. We will be meeting at John’s home at 406 Maple Avenue
  • There is street parking available on-site but prepared to walk a bit. We will have a golf cart available to shuttle people from Main Street to John’s workshop, at the rear of the property.
  • The presentation itself will be brief, with time to examine the incredible miniatures. There will not be audience seating – we will be standing for the presentation.
  • No food or drink is permitted in the building

John says, “When building a model railroad or a small diorama related to trains, I usually take a thought, turn that
thought into a vision, take that vision and turn it into a highly detailed, three dimensional scene that
would include trains, autos, trucks, people, animals, and buildings that fit the era and surroundings.
Everything is designed to support the scene.”

“Detail is very important because it’s the detail that brings everything to realism – how people are
interacting with each other and their surroundings, how the buildings are made to look old and
weathered, interior lighting and décor, or real dirt and trees. The key to modeling a scene is to make the
scene look as realistic as possible.”

LWTA – Blue Groove Jazz
Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Blue Groove Jazz

Lunch with the Arts: Blue Groove Jazz
Wednesday, August 21 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 per person, at the door

Blue Groove Jazz will play jazz, beginning with the be-bop era, through the current smooth jazz evolution – including playing jazz standards, swing, Brazilian bossa nova and jazz-rock fusion. The Blue Groove quartet consists of Mark Gardner (keyboards), Sam Carr (saxophone), Eben Henson (drums), and Pete McCaffery (bass). 

New York Art Trip
Aug 22 @ 9:00 am – Aug 26 @ 5:00 pm
New York Art Trip

New York Art Trip
Depart: August 22, 2019
Return: August 26, 2019
Trip Leader: Milton Reigelman, Centre College Professor Emeritus

The New York art trip is sold out! We’re happy to add your to our email distribution list to find out about other exciting plans in the works. Contact Kate (
Join the Community Arts Center for an art-lovers trip to the Big Apple. With museums, murals, and more, this 5-day/4-night adventure will give you a taste of the art and culture of New York City. 
Your registration fee includes:
  • Round trip, direct airfare from Louisville;
  • 4-night accommodation on Park Avenue;
  • 1 group dinner;
  • 1 group breakfast;
  • 7-day unlimited bus/subway pass;
  • Entry into the Guggenheim Museum;
  • Entry into the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a private “Highlights of the Met” tour;
  • Brooklyn Mural Tour;
  • Entry into the 9/11 museum, with museum tour;
  • Entry into Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
In a city with so many possibilities, you’ll want to have some time to explore on your own. As we get closer to the trip, we’ll provide you specific details about other activities you might be interested in doing on your own or in small groups in the evening. 
The per-person trip price is $1,695, assuming double hotel occupancy. Single reservations are available for $2,355. Prices assume 21-27 participants. A non-refundable $500 deposit is due by March 17th, with the balance of the trip due by July 15th.
LWTA – Mosaics as Modern Art
Aug 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LWTA - Mosaics as Modern Art

Lunch with the Arts: Mosaics as Modern Art
Tracy Pennington
Wednesday, August 28 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 per person, at the door (students $3)

Mosaics are one of the oldest art forms in the world, with examples dating back to the 3rd millennium BCE. Popular in the Greek and Roman world, mosaics can also be found in catholic basilicas from the 4th century through the Renaissance, in early Islamic architecture (7th and 8th centuries), and in the Byzantine art of the Middle Ages. 

Louisville artist Tracy Pennington of Madcap Mosaics continues the time-honored craft of mosaics, bringing her entirely contemporary spin to the art form. Tracy is the creative mind behind the iconic mosaics at Makers Mark distillery and will be creating an outdoor mosaic installation for the Community Arts Center this fall, working in collaboration with students from the Kentucky School for the Deaf.

Join us for a special Lunch with the Arts event with Tracy. She will share information about the history and enduring appeal of mosaics, and also give a sneak peek of our upcoming public art project, which is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Sign language interpretation will be provided for this event.