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  Kentucky Arts Council

Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

Jan. 12, 2016

Media Contact: Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

Chinese music, rolley hole marble making
will highlight ‘Makings of a Master’ in Franklin

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A classical Chinese music performer and a marble maker will highlight the opening event for the Kentucky Arts Council’s “Makings of a Master” exhibit, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central time Jan. 16 at Gallery on the Square in Franklin.

The “Makings of a Master” exhibit is on loan from the arts council and contains seven display cases housing a variety of musical instruments, tools and artworks made by master tradition bearers, interpretive panels, display photos and quotes, along with a push-button video display. The exhibit opened in Franklin on Jan. 4 and will remain at Gallery on the Square through Feb. 28. The gallery’s hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Hong Shao, one of the artists listed in the arts council’s Performing Artists Directory, will perform music on the pipa, a traditional Chinese instrument. Timmy Walden will demonstrate the marble making process, as well as how to shoot marbles and play games like rolley hole.

“After the holidays are done and everything has settled down, it’s a great time to have something engaging at the gallery, and we’re really excited to have ‘Makings of a Master’ come to Franklin,” said Barb Thomas, Gallery on the Square director. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for folks to participate in a really high quality exhibit here in Kentucky, an exhibit where people can interact and participate in it. We want to engage our community with the art, not just have them look at it.”

Thomas said the selection of the demonstrators — Shao and Walden — was deliberate.

“It’s neat to have something different,” she said. “I’m sure a lot of people don’t know about marble making or rolley hole, for instance. Hong Shao is interesting for our community because we have two visiting Chinese teachers each year at Franklin-Simpson High School. They teach Chinese language, culture and traditions. It’s become something our community is more conscious of and aware of.”

For more information on the “Makings of a Master” exhibit, contact Mark Brown, arts council folk and traditional arts director, at or 502-564-3757, ext. 495.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council, along with the NEA, is celebrating 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.

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