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First Lady Bevin Meets With Derby Exhibit Artists

“In chatting with the artists and seeing the dedication to their work, I felt their connection with Kentucky and their passion for art,” Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 10, 2017) — Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin visited with artists featured in the Governor’s Derby Exhibit on April 26. Twenty-one of the 28 artists selected to be in the exhibit came to the Capitol Rotunda that day for a special meet-and-greet hosted by the Kentucky Arts Council.

“We’re very fortunate here in the Commonwealth to have an array of artists such as this represented in an exhibit honoring the Derby,” Mrs. Bevin said. “In chatting with the artists and seeing the dedication to their work, I felt their connection with Kentucky and their passion for art.”

The Governor’s Derby Exhibit is an annual show coordinated by the state arts agency.

“Mrs. Bevin was truly curious about each piece, and it was a joy spending a part of the afternoon with her, watching her engage with the artists,” said Lydia Bailey Brown, arts council executive director. “We are so grateful to her for her time. I know it meant a lot to the artists to tell their stories and explain their work to her.”

Artists included in the exhibit, their county of residence and title of artwork include:

  • Bill Berryman, Clark, “The Piper”
  • Bill Burton, Daviess, “Keeneland Fall Meet”
  • CeCe Butcher, Pulaski, “Tribute to Bill Monroe”
  • Robert Clark, Scott, “Mine That Bird’s Derby”
  • Laura Eklund, Carter, “Kentucky Sky”
  • Darryl Halbrooks, Madison, “Natura Morta 5”
  • Jerielle Hanlon, Fayette, “Kentucky Agate and Cloud Abstract”
  • Marilyn Holmes, Jefferson, “I Too Sing America”
  • Frederica Diane Huff, Jefferson, “A Kentucky Girl and Her Horse”
  • Robert Hunt, Madison, “Kentucky Derby Story”
  • Shirley Jeter, Fayette, “Tradition”
  • Betty Liles, Christian, “The Apple Barn”
  • David Neace, Jessamine, “Earth 1946”
  • Kevin Osbourn, Clark, “The Rock Bridge”
  • Ken Page, Kenton, “The Maestro Takes a Walk”
  • Linda Pierce, Christian, “Troop Train”
  • Fran Redmon, Franklin, “In For the Cure”
  • Cassandra Russell Dossett, Jefferson, “My Old Kentucky Saddler”
  • Marcheta Sparrow, Franklin, “Intensity – Expression of a Kentucky Champion”
  • Wayne Stacy, Franklin, “Faith Abandoned”
  • Paula Stone-Buckner, Montgomery, “The Queen’s Court”
  • Jason Sturgill, Fayette, “Face Shielded from the Sun Floating Slowly Down the River”
  • Billy Tackett, Boone, “Pearl Bryan”
  • Susan Tolliver, Jefferson, “Surging Ahead”
  • Patty Trujillo, Jefferson, “Uncle Damon”
  • Connie Vice, Oldham, “Worthington’s Garage”
  • Amy Welborn, Oldham, “Mimosa Sunrise”
  • Angela Wells, Jefferson, “Abe’s Last Garden”

Work in the Governor’s Derby Exhibit can be viewed on the arts council’s website.

First Lady Glenna Bevin and artist Fran Redmon
Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin, right, discusses artwork with Fran Redmon of Franklin County. Redmon was one of 28 artists whose work was on display in the Capitol Rotunda as part of the Governor’s Derby Exhibit.

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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.