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Kentucky Arts Council

May 4, 2016

Diane Earle

Diane Earle

Derby exhibit

Governor's Derby Exhibit

Where I'm From: A Poetry Place

Where I'm From:
A Poetry of Place

Master Folkart Exhibit

Makings of a Master Exhibit
through May 31

Kentucky Arts Council



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Lori Meadows
Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

Kentucky Writers’ Day was, once again, a great success, and I want to thank each of you who participated, either with us on April 25 in Frankfort, or in your own communities. Those of you who came to the Capitol to celebrate heard Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon read a new “Where I’m From" poem that reflected on her first year traveling the state as Kentucky’s literary ambassador. For those who weren’t in Frankfort, we’ve posted that poem on our blog. Give it a read!

Right now it’s Kentucky Derby week in the Commonwealth, and with the momentum created by American Pharoah’s sweep of the Triple Crown last year, we know Derby fever will be higher than ever. If you can’t make it to the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs, come to the Governor’s Derby Celebration, May 7 in downtown Frankfort. 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.

Visitors will be able to shop for Kentucky-made art in the Kentucky Crafted sales tent on the Old Capitol Lawn. Sixteen 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 across the Commonwealth that are participating in our annual Derby Blankets project.

In addition to being Derby week in Kentucky, May 1-7 is also National Travel and Tourism Week. Art reflects inspiration and there are plenty of sources for it on Kentucky’s backroads, walking trails and in state parks. We encourage you to discover your inspiration and share it on social media with the hashtags #kyarts50 and #TravelKY.

Lori Meadows
Executive Director


Owensboro pianist Diane Earle named arts council’s featured artist for May, June
Diane Earle, a Kentucky Wesleyan College music professor and artist in residence, was named the Kentucky Arts Council’s featured artist for May and June. Earle, of Owensboro, has been playing piano for more than 50 years and has made a name for herself as a performer and teacher.

Kentucky-made art and craft available at Governor’s Derby Celebration
Fifteen Kentucky artists will exhibit and sell their work during the Governor’s Derby Celebration, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7, on the lawn of the Old State Capitol.

Governor’s Derby Exhibit now open in Capitol Rotunda
This year’s Governor’s Derby Exhibit, coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council, is on display until May 7 in the State Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.



May 17

June 30
Specialists With Arts Tactics

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

May 30 – Memorial Day


‘Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans’ on exhibit at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
A new gallery exhibit “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans” continues through Sept. 10 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, showcasing the work of 20 Kentucky printmakers.

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