What can you make with plastic flowerpots, rope and a little paint?
Members of the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee want people in the community to construct flowerpot art to be displayed throughout the county during the festival, which is set for the week of September 20.
Connie Fields, a member of the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee, was fascinated by the pieces of art she saw on a recent trip to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Flowerpots of different sizes and colors were used to make people and animals. For the elephant figure, a flowerpot was cut down the middle to look more like ears.
“They were the cutest things I have ever seen,” said Fields. “It’s just a simplistic thing that is so cool.”
Fields took several photos of the flowerpot art at Dollywood and presented the idea of doing a similar project in Letcher County at the last Mountain Heritage Festival Committee meeting. Fields said the endeavor is a way to get people of all ages involved in an imaginative project.
“I don’t care if you are nine or 90, with some creativity people can do this,” said Fields.
Fields stressed that the Mountain Heritage Festival isn’t just for people who live in Whitesburg but is for the entire county to enjoy. The committee would like to see at least 25 locations designated in the county where people can travel to look at the flowerpot art.
“Our festival is the Letcher County Mountain Heritage Festival and we want everybody to be able to see them,” said Fields.
Lee Anna Mullins, chairperson of the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee, would like to see businesses, schools, organizations and individuals create artwork and display it in front of their buildings.
Mullins said hair salons could make a lady wearing curlers in her hair. Fields said maybe students at Letcher County Central High School could create their mascot, a cougar, out of flowerpots.
“We want to draw attention to our community,” said Mullins.
The flowerpot art project is in the planning stage and the committee is looking for a non-profit organization or group to assist the committee in starting the art project. A meeting is set for 5 p.m. on August 9 in the banquet room of Pine Mountain Grill for anyone who would like to help with the project or make a piece of art. Those that can’t attend the meeting can email Fields at cdfields@tvscable. com.