Eastbridge Arts Festival at The Maple Mount
September 8 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m..
September 9 -10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The first Eastbridge Arts Festival @ The Mount brings full circle a love for the visual arts that is woven into the fabric of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph.
Ursuline Sisters from Louisville came to western Daviess County in 1874 to open St. Joseph Academy for girls (“Mount” wasn’t added to the title until a few years later). The “First Annual Catalogue” for St. Joseph Academy in 1881 shows that some of the classes taught included calligraphy, zephyr flowers, bead and basket work, card making, embroidery and crochet.
The love of sharing the beauty of handmade items has been a constant for the Ursuline Sisters, including the beautiful quilts that are still raffled off monthly, each of them hand sewn.
Consider how many people have gained an appreciation for art just through the efforts of three current Ursuline Sisters.
- Ursuline Sister Mary Diane Taylor retired this year after 51 years as an art professor at Brescia University. In all but last year, she served as chairwoman of the Division of Fine Arts. Before her time at Brescia, she started the art department at Owensboro Catholic High School and taught there three years, before spending the next four years teaching art at Mount Saint Joseph Academy.
- One of her students was Ursuline Sister Larraine Lauter, who also taught art for several years. Between the two, they have made their mark on several churches and chapels in Owensboro. Sister Mary Diane made the stained-glass windows at the renovated Precious Blood Church, and Sister Larraine did the glass work at the Brescia Chapel. She also painted the stars on the ceiling of the Owensboro Health Healthpark Chapel.
- Sister Emma Cecilia Busam taught art at Owensboro Catholic High School from 1971-82. She carved the Ursuline Coat of Arms that hangs in the lobby of the Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center, and a multi-piece carving of the Coat of Arms that hangs at Brescia University. In 1982, she taught art classes in the morning to stay-at-home parents whose children were in Owensboro Public Schools, and in the evening, she taught art to professional people who needed to relax. She taught art at Mount Saint Joseph Academy in the afternoon.
There are countless stories that could be shared about the impact the Ursuline Sisters have had on the appreciation of art in Owensboro and beyond. It’s one of many reasons that the beauty of Maple Mount feels like a homecoming for the Eastbridge Arts Festival @ The Mount.
- The title is Eastbridge Arts Festival @ The Mount.
- The dates are Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- The Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph have partnered with Studio Slant to host the former East Bridge Arts Festival that was in downtown Owensboro. The event will be on the grounds at Maple Mount where the Mount Saint Joseph Picnic was held for 46 years.
- The event features artists selling their own creations.
- We are still accepting vendors.
- There will be food vendors on hand, we are still accepting vendor applications.
- The Ursuline Sisters will be selling some of their handcrafted items, plus quilts and homemade jams and jellies.
- The love of sharing the beauty of handmade items has been a constant for the Ursuline Sisters since they arrived in Maple Mount in 1874. That continues today with the beautiful quilts that are still raffled off monthly, each of them hand sewn.
- The Ursuline Sisters have touched thousands of lives as art teachers through the years.
- Betsy Mulins, Mount Saint Joseph’s Development Director and the founders of Studio Slant and the East Bridge Arts Festival, Christy Chaney and Katherine Thomson worked together to help make this partnership possible.
- Christy Chaney, founder of Studio Slant and the East Bridge Arts Festival, tells a wonderful story of winning an Ursuline Sister quilt as a child and how it opened her world to the beauty of art.
- The drawing for the winners of the Mount Raffle to benefit the retired Ursuline Sisters will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9. The prizes are $10,000, $3,500, $1,000, a handmade quilt worth $1,000, $500 cash, $250 and $100.
- Raffle tickets are $5 each and can be purchased on the Ursuline Sisters website – ursulinesmsj.org – or by mailing a check to the Ursuline Sisters Raffle, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356. Or you can contact any Ursuline Sister.
- Eastbridge Arts Festival @ The Mount contact information:
Address: 8001 Cummings Road
Maple Mount, KY 42356
Phone Number:(270) 973-1810
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph contact information:
Address: 8001 Cummings Road
Maple Mount, KY 42356
Phone Number:(270) 229-4103
Email Address: email@example.com