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Campbellsville University’s Chowning Art Shop to hold Christmas Open House Nov. 9

Campbellsville University’s Chowning Art Shop to hold Christmas Open House Nov. 9
This flower by Joan McKinney is on display in the Chowning Art Shop at Campbellsville University’s campus. (CU Photo by Matthew Billiot)

By Ariel C. Emberton, student news writer, Office of University Communications
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University’s Chowning Art Shop, located at 503 N. Columbia Ave., is holding its annual Christmas Open House, Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy fine artwork, according to Terri Miller, president of Campbellsville University’s Patrons of the Visual Arts.

The Chowning Art Shop has been open for business since August 2012 and there has been a Christmas Open House every year since then.

The open house will feature “one of a kind art at great prices,” Miller said. They decorate the shop for Christmas each year and have more seasional items offered. “A wonderful display of holiday and regular items from our talented students, alumni and faculty” will be available at the art shop according to Miller.

The art shop is named after Dr. John Chowning, former vice president for church and external relations, who now is serving as executive assistant to the president of the university for government, community and constituent relations, and his family.

The Chowning Art 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, who serve as volunteers to work the shop.

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

Some of the artwork on display and for sale 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.

Miller said it is important for people to support local artists, and she feels it is “equally important to recognize and put a spotlight on those who have wonderful God given art talents.”

“Come on in and get a jump on your Christmas shopping, especially for those who have everything or the hard-to-shop-for person. Instead of getting that special someone something that will sit in a closet, get them something that will enrich not only their wall space but also their lives,” Miller said.

Among the artists whose work is for sale are: Carolyn Ogden, Cora Renfro, Billie Sue Kibbons, Charlotte Humphress, Davie Reneau, Azucena “Susie” Trejo Williams, Linda J. Cundiff, Lana Carol Houk, Henrietta R. Scott, Jo Ann Harris, Cheryl Magers, Jaime Renfro, Renee Renfro, Larry Parker, Steve Flinchum, Hugh Leachman and Stan and Joan McKinney.

For more information about the event, contact Miller at terri@jessieinsurance.com.

Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 14,000 students offering over 100 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs. The university has Kentucky based off-campus centers in Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset, Hodgenville and Liberty with instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville. Out-of-state centers include two in California at Los Angeles and Lathrop, located in the San Francisco Bay region.  The website for complete information is www.campbellsville.edu.

Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.