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Tom Musgrave

Artist Presentations Accompany
‘Makings of a Master’ Exhibit’s Visit to Boone County

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 25, 2018) — The Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling folk and traditional arts exhibit, “Makings of a Master,” will be in Boone County through Aug. 31.

The exhibit is at the Boone County Public Library Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington.

“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 library does a lot of exhibits. They help us engage with our audiences,” said Kate Sowada, the library’s community events liaison. “The arts are a great way to engage with the community, make them aware of what else is out there for them.”

During the exhibit’s stay in Boone County, three artists, all recipients of the arts council’s Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant, will demonstrate and discuss their craft during separate presentations.

Fort Thomas master quilt maker Patricia Brennan kicked off the series on June 8, discussing how she makes artistic decisions in her craft, as well as values like resourcefulness, inventiveness and building symbolic meaning into each quilt. She also talked about her journey into quilt making and how she helps continue the tradition through teaching new quilters of all ages.

On July 27, Lexington choreographer and dancer Lakshmi Sriraman, a master of the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam, will perform along with her apprentice Vasundhara Parameswaran, and answer questions about Indian dance, its cultural meaning, costumes and the music that accompanies the movement.

Nicholasville musician Hong Shao, a master at the pipa, a Chinese stringed instrument, concludes the presentation series on Aug. 16. She will discuss the techniques of pipa playing and the stories and culture surrounding the 2,000-year-old instrument’s characteristic sound. She will perform and demonstrate playing techniques and styles with her apprentice, Leah Werking.

Each artist’s presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time on their respective days.

“I think the artist discussions and presentations will help build awareness and bring the exhibit to life,” Sowada said. “To have artists come and talk about their own experiences will add that layer to it.”

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

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.

Lakshmi Sriraman

Caption: The Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling exhibit “Makings of a Master” will be at the Boone County Main Library through Aug. 31. On July 27, as part of the exhibit, classical Indian dancer Lakshmi Sriraman will share her traditional art form. Sriraman is one of a series of artists who will make presentations during the exhibit’s stay in Boone County.

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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.