Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 1, 2013

Reception for student art show tonight in Grayson

The Independent

GRAYSON — The Grayson Gallery & Art Center will present the third annual “What is Your Anti-Drug?” Carter County Students Art Show, in partnership with the Carter County Drug Free Coalition. 

“Community and area visitors to the Grayson Gallery have expressed an overwhelming interest in art shows and programs for youth ever since the gallery opened in 2011,” gallery coordinator Dan Click said.  “As part of the response to this interest, the gallery has hosted two prior county-wide student exhibits like this as well as programs such as a celebration of the Girl Scout 100 year anniversary and two summer sessions in the arts for children.”

The 2013 “What is Your Anti-Drug?” art show began by seeking entries of art created by Carter County students, Click said. More than 75 pieces were selected and a preview was Oct. 25 during F!nal Fr!day Art & Antiques Walk.

Opening reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the gallery and will feature live music by young singers and musicians from Carter County: Mallory Aronhalt, Madison Harrison and Tiffany Porter will perform individually throughout the evening. An awards ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m.

The Carter County Drug Free Coalition as organized in November 2006 when a committee charged with the task of finding why school test scores were low determined that youth substance abuse was a major contributing factor.

The group then convened a community meeting to review the latest school survey data. About 60 community members attended the first meeting and were asked to sign up to be a part of a drug task force and begin efforts to address the identified problems.

From the beginning, the focus of the group was what infrastructure to put in place and what strategies, programs or efforts would make a difference.

For more information, email  Shelly Steiner at ssteiner@pathways-ky.org.