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Kentucky Arts Council

Tom Musgrave

‘Makings of a Master’ Exhibit to be Featured at
Francisco’s Farm Art Fair

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 9, 2018) — The Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling exhibit “Makings of a Master” will be highlighted at the Francisco’s Farm Art Fair May 19-20 on the Midway University campus in Midway.

“Makings of a Master” 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 will be on display in the university’s Anne Hart Raymond Center. The campus’ main entrance is at 512 E. Stephens St.

This will be the first ever visit of “Makings of a Master” to Woodford County.

The exhibit will be part of a new section of the festival that will shine a light on Kentucky’s folk and traditional art. The arts council is providing support to Francisco’s Farm for an area that features booths for folk and traditional artists to demonstrate and sell their work.

The decision to bring “Makings of a Master” to the longtime annual event, now in its 14th year, was to make visitors aware of Kentucky’s traditional art forms, said Helen Rentch, chairman of the Francisco’s Farm Art Fair artist liaison committee.

“We do this fair as a public event. We immerse ourselves in an art environment,” Rentch said. “We want to use ‘Makings of a Master’ to heighten the awareness of these things that have roots right here in Kentucky, and to support those folk and traditional artists so they can persevere.”

That philosophy carries through to Francisco’s Farm organizers, who collaborated with the arts council to bring some of Kentucky’s finest folk and traditional artists to the fair

“We wanted to bring those master artists here so they would get more exposure and so that the community would also be exposed to their work,” Rentch said. “Some people haven’t seen folk art, and we’d like to help broaden the experience our visitors have.”

The arts council will present an onstage interview with some of the folk artists at the fair, May 19 at 1 p.m. This narrative stage will take place in the amphitheater just outside the Anne Hart Raymond Center, giving visitors a chance to hear some of the stories surrounding these rich artistic traditions. There will be a brief question and answer period and time to interact with the artists afterward.

For more information on the “Makings of a Master” exhibit, contact Mark Brown, arts council folk and traditional arts director, at or 502-892-3115.

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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.