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
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
“Made to Be Played” will be next to The Kentucky Market, and can be viewed any time during
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.
Architectural Artists Directory
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 www.kentuckytourism.com website with travel
suggestions for the 2016 summer season through Labor Day weekend.