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Kentucky Arts Council

April 15, 2016

Mitzi Sinnott

Mitzi Sinnott
March/April Featured Artist

Derby exhibit

Governor's Derby Exhibit

Where I'm From: A Poetry Place

Where I'm From:
A Poetry of Place

Derby Blanket call

Calling all schools!

Master Folkart Exhibit

Makings of a Master Exhibit
through May 31

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Lori Meadows
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.

Lori Meadows
Executive Director


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.


April 25
Kentucky Writers’ Day


HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

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.

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