Student art featured at airfield, new cycling tour highlights the arts 

ARTS COMMISSION

News release 

What do the Louvre and Boyle County’s own Stuart Powell Field have in common? Visitors from all over the world can experience wonderful art in person.

Thanks to the community spirit of the staff of the airport, 14 students representing art programs across Boyle County will have a piece of art on exhibit in the new terminal, beginning today (Friday, March 30). 

Airport manager Christian Barker and assistant Nick Barker were more than willing to work with the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County to present these pieces by students ranging in age, from kindergarten to high school. Art teachers from each school were asked to select one piece from those recently exhibited from their school at the Youth Arts Fair. 

While each piece is exceptional, the works were chosen for their representation of particular skills taught at each grade level.

Stuart Powell was a great supporter of the arts in our community. In recognition of his many contributions he was named the Arts Citizen of the Year in 2016 by the Arts Commission. It is truly fitting that the building which bears his name will be host to a wonderful collection of art from children all across the community he served.

Stuart Powell Field is located at 420 Airport Road in Junction City. Nick Barker said those who want to view the art can stop by anytime during business hours, which are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 

Tune up your bikes and get your helmets — Tour D’ville begins April 7

On a trip to Austin, Texas, local bike and fitness enthusiast Rick Serres decided to see the sites of the Texas city the way he would enjoy it best — by bike. The experience was more than fun, it was a great way to take in local color and learn about some of the highlights of the town which were not often picked up by regular tourist.

On returning to Danville, Serres thought he would duplicate the concept, but with a twist. He has organized the Tour D’ville. The bile tour will take visitors, locals, family and friends on a leisurely ride through the heart of Danville, beginning at Weisiger Park and ending at the Beer Engine parking lot. 

Along the way, riders will pass by 13 of the most significant and picturesque spots in town. The route is 12.5 miles, but with five built in stops for conversation and rest, the entire trip is comfortably paced for a wide range of ability levels.

To add more local color, each month Tour D’ville will feature and benefit an arts group.  Riders who choose to participate are are asked to make a voluntary contribution to the art program of the month. Tours begin at 3 p.m. each first Saturday, except May which is at 1 p.m. No registration is necessary.

Serres says there’s no fee for the ride, but the donation part is encouraged. 

“They can either hand off whatever they want to give to the arts organization of the month to me, or they can go directly to that group and say it’s for the ride,” Serres said. He said caps are available at Danville Bike and Footwear if cyclists want to purchase them to commemorate the ride. 

It’s a great way to get out of the house, get some exercise while seeing the sights and supporting the arts. 

Arts groups benefited each month by Tour D’ville

• April – Community Arts Center

• May – Arts Commission

• June – Pioneer Playhouse

• July – Soul of Second Street Festival

• August – Boyle County Public Library

• September – West T. Hill Community Theatre

• October – Scarlet Cup Theatre

For more information on Tour D’ville, email or call Rick Serres at rick@bluegrassbiomedical.com or (859) 533-0862. 

Bobbie Curd with The Advocate-Messenger contributed to this story.