Holidays evoke lots of memories for people - for some people it’s gathering for dinner with families. For others it’s gift-giving (and receiving, of course). For some it’s more physical memories - Santa, decorated trees, tinsel, menorahs - all sorts of holiday artifacts. Some of us prefer holiday art of the more edible variety, which - of course - means gingerbread houses. If you’ve ever labored over the intricacies of constructing a house from gingerbread and icing, then you’d be missing out if you didn’t attend the Gingerbread Village Project’s display at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Not only is each item in this amazing display of gingerbread architecture up for auction, but all the proceeds are being given to charity as well, giving you the chance to get a great centerpiece and do some holiday giving as well.
The gingerbread houses are each unique works of art, and the entire thing was put together by Mason Berry and Greg Donley of Hilldon Foods. The display last went up in 2009, and since then the two have been busy trying to get Hilldon to a good place so they can focus on other business endeavors, like the Gingerbread Village Project, which is making its return this year for the first time. The houses are made by different businesses, children and Greg as well, and are all being auctioned off for charity. This year, they’ve chosen to partner with OneLov, which Mason told me “provides art and inspiration to inner-city kids that otherwise wouldn’t have access or encouragement to be artistic.” OneLov was formed by Louisville native Scott Beaver, and while much of the work they’re doing is in southern California, Beaver still loves Louisville and would love to open a chapter to make a difference locally as well. As Mason told me, “we’re hoping that the gingerbread house proceeds will speed this process up.”
If you want to see the display, you’ll have to hurry - the display is up at the Kentucky Center for the Arts until Friday the 13th. The lobby is open for viewings from 10AM - 6PM and later in the evening if another event is going on, so make sure you check out their website to be sure they’ll be open if you want to attend later on in the day. Bidding is being done through the Gingerbread Village Project’s Facebook Page, which also has full rules, etc. for the contest. The display will come down, but bidding will still be open until 10PM on the 14th of December, so get your bids in now to have an awesome piece of local, fun and edible holiday art!
Photos Courtesy of Mason Berry
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