Artist Open House comes as Plumb Place pushes for 'clean slate' financially in 2020 Featured

Artist Open House comes as Plumb Place pushes for 'clean slate' financially in 2020 KVOE News file photo

Art from stone to blown glass to paintings and more will be on display as the 16th annual Artist Open House fills Plumb Place this weekend.

Organizer Peggy Lyon has been part of each open house, and she enjoys the interaction she has with other local and area artists.

Hours are 5-9 pm Friday and 1-8 pm Saturday.

The open house comes as Plumb Place continues to receive -- and solicit -- donations to secure its long-term future after rough financial times earlier this decade. Director Mary Richardson declined a taped interview, but she tells KVOE News Plumb Place has received around $20,000 since late October, when concerns were mentioned about the facility's possible closure with over $50,000 in missing funds from 2014 to 2017 still under investigation by Emporia Police.

Six weeks ago, Plumb Place was grappling with about $30,000 in past due amounts and another $15,000 in expenses to get through the rest of this year. Residents donated the money to pay for the November and December expenses, thus triggering a nearly $82,000 grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to fund operations for next year.

Plumb Place has raised about $5,000 to clear what she calls high-range contracts from years past. Another $30,000 is needed to fully clear the accounts. With Plumb Place not securing a so-called Solutions Grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation as hoped, she is encouraging people to donate by the end of the year so the facility can start 2020 with a clean financial slate. To do so, call the office at 342-1613, go online to, find Plumb Place on Facebook or use Paypal with the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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