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Kentucky Arts Council

July 6, 2016

Sue Massek

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Makings of a Master

Makings of a Master Exhibit
through Aug. 31

Kentucky Arts Council



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Lori Meadows
Dear Stakeholders in the Arts,

A few weeks ago I told you about some exciting news coming this summer. Basketmaker and Governor’s Awards in the Arts recipient Leona Waddell of Cecilia has been selected as a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow. The National Heritage Fellowship is a prestigious distinction given to artists who are nationally recognized with a consistent record of artistic accomplishment, and they must be active at their craft. Recipients are selected based on nominations from the public.

This is an extraordinary honor for Leona, as well as for the Commonwealth. The 88-year-old Hart County native has been making baskets since she was 9 years old and she is a member of the Mammoth Cave Basket Makers Guild. With this award, Leona becomes the fourth Kentuckian to earn a National Heritage Fellowship. The late Appalachian musicians Lily May Ledford and Morgan Sexton were named National Heritage Fellows in 1985 and 1991, respectively, and thumbpicking guitarist Eddie Pennington of Princeton was selected in 2001.

I know Kentucky’s arts community will embrace Leona as she is bestowed this incredible honor.

Leona’s work is just one example of the high-quality craftsmanship in Kentucky. If you want to see work from other superb Kentucky artists, come to Lexington July 10-12 for The Kentucky Market at the Southern Legislative Conference. The Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea have been invited to present this one-of-a-kind curated selection of artwork and specialty items hand-crafted in the Commonwealth. Visitors, both from within Kentucky and from out of state, will find art for the home and office, jewelry and other wearables, toys and dolls, pottery and kitchen items, bath products, gourmet food items, books and music by Kentucky writers and musicians, and more!

The arts community is truly putting its best foot forward to welcome legislators and other delegates from 15 southern states to the Lexington Convention Center. We hope to see familiar faces and also to meet new friends, and show them the outstanding work being done by Kentucky artists.

The Kentucky Market is located in the convention center’s third floor lobby and will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 10, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 11, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 12.

In conjunction with The Kentucky Market, the Kentucky Arts Council will present “Made to Be Played: Traditional Art of Kentucky Luthiers,” which chronicles Kentucky’s rich tradition of instrument making. The exhibit is dedicated to the memory of master luthier, craftsman, instrument inventor and musician, Homer Ledford, and it explores the important role of luthiers in Kentucky music communities.

“Made to Be Played” will be next to The Kentucky Market, and can be viewed any time during the conference.

Lori Meadows
Executive Director


Application Open for Kentucky Crafted Program through Aug. 15
Applications for Kentucky Crafted, the Kentucky Arts Council’s adjudicated marketing assistance program for the state’s finest visual and craft artists, are open through Aug. 15.


Aug. 15
Architectural Artists Directory

Aug. 15
Kentucky Crafted

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

July 4 – Independence Day


Linda Bruckheimer exhibit opens July 9 at
John James Audubon State Park

John James Audubon State Park will host the opening of a photo exhibit by Linda Bruckheimer on July 9.

99 Days of Summer offers fun ideas for Kentucky travelers
The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism announced the launch of 99 Days of Summer, an interactive section of the website with travel suggestions for the 2016 summer season through Labor Day weekend.



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