Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,
Kentucky Writers’ Day is just around the corner and we hope you will join us in
Frankfort, 10 a.m. April 25, in the Capitol Rotunda to celebrate Kentucky’s literary tradition. Poet Laureate
George Ella Lyon
will read from her work and talk about her first year as Kentucky’s literary ambassador. Past poets laureate, including
Frank X Walker, Richard Taylor, Joe Survant, Sena Jeter Naslund, Gurney Norman and Maureen Morehead will also
read from their work.
The most exciting two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby, is also upon us, and the Kentucky Arts Council is
honored, once again, to have a key part in the annual Governor’s Derby Celebration. The
Governor’s Derby Exhibit is currently on display in the Capitol Rotunda through May 7.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit is open to the public.
On Derby Day in Frankfort, visitors will be able to shop for Kentucky-made art in the Kentucky Crafted sales
tent on the Old Capitol lawn. Eleven artists from the arts council’s adjudicated Kentucky Crafted program will
display and sell their work. After you’ve gone shopping, relax at one of the many picnic tables on the lawn,
adorned with canvases decorated by students and submitted by schools from all across the Commonwealth that are
participating in our annual Derby Blankets project.
Looking ahead, May 1-7 is
National Small Business Week, and we’d like to encourage you to visit and shop at one of the many
small businesses that participate in the arts council’s
Kentucky Crafted Retailer program. Kentucky Crafted Retailers offer a wide variety of
merchandise and actively promote the Kentucky Crafted brand. Not only do these small businesses form the
backbone of their respective arts commerce communities, they provide a viable market in which Kentucky artists can thrive.
Kentucky Writers’ Day is April 25
Kentucky’s Writer Day is Monday, April 25, 2016 at 10 a.m., at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. Writers’ Day
is an annual event, organized by the Kentucky Arts Council, which celebrates the Commonwealth’s strong
literary history. It is observed on or around the birth date of Kentucky native Robert Penn Warren, the
first poet laureate of the United States and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes.
Thumbpicking guitarist highlights ‘Makings of a Master’ exhibit in Beaver Dam April 29
Alonzo Pennington will be the featured performer during the Kentucky Arts Council’s “Makings of a Master” exhibit’s
stay in Beaver Dam through May 31. Pennington will perform a free concert Friday, April 29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
central time at the Ohio County Artists Guild, 101 N. Main St. in Beaver Dam.
Kentucky Writers’ Day
May 30 – Memorial Day
Berea Welcome Center Carvers demonstrate April 16 at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques
on Saturday, April 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Marta Dorton still finds surprises in monoprints April 23 at Kentucky Artisan Center
Marta Dorton, of Lexington, will demonstrate monotype printmaking on Saturday, April 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Her print, "Communicado" is part of the gallery exhibit "Great Impressions"
on display through Sept. 10, 2016.
Making baskets scores points for artistic couple - April 30 at Kentucky Artisan Center
Making a basket doesn’t just refer to shooting the basketball through a rim in Kentucky. It is also an
art form. Demonstrating their unique style of basketry, David and Donna Glenn will take discarded pieces of
wood veneer and weave them into an array of beautiful baskets on April 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
New Artisan Review application
deadline April 30
Three times a year the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea holds review sessions to consider works and products by
Kentucky artisans who are not juried members of the Kentucky Arts Council programs or the Kentucky Guild of
Artists and Craftsmen. Applications for the next review are due April 30.