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Showcasing local talents during Art with a Heart

Art and Music community event
Art and Music community event
Photograph taken by Danielle Coots

A local church will be offering a weekend of local art and music called “Art with a Heart” starting August 1-3. Whether your talent is sketching, painting, glass art, pottery or even knitting, showcase that talent during this special event. Whether you play blue grass music, country, alternative, or folk, show the community of Bellbrook what you have. This three day event is focused around what the community can bring to others. The Bellbrook United Methodist Church located at 47 E. Franklin St. is bringing the community together as one and celebrating togetherness during this special event. Donations of monetary and canned goods will also be accepted for local charities during this three day event.

“Music is God’s grace and gets to the deepest parts of us quicker than anything else,” Pastor Darryl Fairchild said. “It gets into our spirit, to our hearts and moves us. It can console us when we are sad, lift us, inspire us and make us happy. That was one of the reasons we chose music and we wanted to invite others to come enjoy it with us.”

From Friday to Sunday the focus will be different but the meaning the same- togetherness. A common saying around the church is, “If you don’t like the music, wait ten minutes” because it will change. The church prides itself in its diverse style and genre of music and is excited to add the diversity of the local community.

“Whatever talents people have, they are accepted and necessary for the church,” the church’s music director, Kathy DeGruchy said. “It helps people connect to the church and gives them connect, have a place and help them become part of the family. The purpose of this event is to help people connect with the church so their faith can grow.”

As far as the arts, the church has a variety of talents such as writers, poets, painters, etc. and bringing in the talent of the community just adds to the complexity of the event and adds a new level of connection to all.

“So far, in the art submissions, we have photography, cross-stitch, woodworking, stepping stones, greeting cards,” art director, Margie McKinney said. “I’m expecting to receive a lot more.”

The event will kick off on Friday night from 7 p.m. -9 p.m. with “Listen & Look.” The evening will focus on the art. The gallery will be open for all to view. Witness the talents of the community and enjoy a recital of music performed by area musicians with free refreshments to follow.

Saturday from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., “Listen, Listen, Look” brings the excitement of learning a new craft by art professionals. The afternoon focuses on learning a new talent with art workshops taught by Margie McKinney (K-6) and Clara Coleman from K-12 Galleries of Dayton (7- Adult). Reserve your spot quickly, spaces are limited.

Sunday brings a close to the weekend event with “Listen, Learn, Look, Lunch.” What better way to end a celebration than a family-style lunch and great music? Join the pastor for a 10 a.m. worship service with special music woven into the liturgy. Stay after for a family-style lunch with more local music performances, sing-along and jam session.

Monetary or canned good donations will be accepted throughout the weekend to help benefit that Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Family Resource Center and Ministerial Association Food Pantry.

For more information or to register, contact the church at (937) 848-2909 or visit website,

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