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Kentucky Master Artists Awarded Arts Council Grants

HINDMAN, KY – Seven Kentucky master artists have been awarded Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants from the Kentucky Arts Council.

The Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant provides $3,000 to a Kentucky master folk or traditional artist to teach skills, practices and culture to less experienced artists from the same community during the course of a year.

The seven recipients are folk or traditional artists who are considered masters within their community and who have identified an apprentice from the same community who has potential to become a master. Both master and apprentice must be Kentucky residents.

Douglas Naselroad, a Master Luthier from Winchester, KY, has worked to establish the Appalachian School of Luthiery in Hindman, KY, for the past four years.  A previous awardee of the Folk Apprenticeship grant, in recent years, Naselroad received the 2016 Kentucky Governor’s Award in the Arts in the Folk Tradition Category on behalf of the Appalachian Artisan Center’s Hindman Dulcimer Project and in 2017, was awarded the Homer Ledford Award in Luthiery.  He and his apprentice, Kris Patrick, have committed to make at least two instruments in the coming year from Appalachian hardwoods such as Kentucky Black Locust, Black Walnut, and Red Spruce.  The use of sustainable Appalachian hardwoods in instruments made at the Appalachian School of Luthiery is a defining feature of the Troublesome Creek Stringed Instruments label.

Kris Patrick, from Mousie, KY, in Knott County has apprenticed at the Luthiery in Hindman since 2014,  and has already built several “Uncle Ed Thomas” style dulcimers, a tenor ukulele, and a flat iron style mandolin.  With the assistance provided this year by the Kentucky Arts Council Folk Apprenticeship Grant, he hopes to add guitars to his ever-growing list of instrument achievements.

“The folk and Apprenticeship Grant has been key to developing new talent in Luthiery.  It is not only a help, but represents an incredible encouragement and validation to emerging artists,” said Naselroad.

The masters and apprentices who will receive funding include:

  • Cynthia Sue Massek (Willisburg), who will teach Appalachian women’s music to Melody Youngblood (Berea);
  • Lakshmi Sriraman (Lexington), who will teach Bharatanatyam (Indian dance style) to Vasundhara Parameswaran (Lexington);
  • Justin Bonar-Bridges (Ft. Thomas), who will teach traditional Irish music and Clare style fiddling to Emmanuel Gray (Covington);
  • Hong Shao (Nicholasville), who will teach pipa (traditional Chinese stringed instrument) to Leah Werking(Carlisle);
  • Douglas Naselroad (Winchester/Hindman), who will teach guitar making to Kris Patrick (Mousie);
  • Gary Cornett (Louisville), who will teach old time Kentucky fiddling and luthiery to Walter Lay (Louisville); and
  • John Harrod (Owenton), who will teach eastern Kentucky old time fiddle tunes and style to James Webb(Frankfort).

Visit the Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant page of the arts council’s website for more information or contact Mark Brown, arts council folk and traditional arts director, at[email protected] or 502-892-3115.

Information about the Appalachian School of Luthiery at the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman can be found online at www.artisancenter.net .

 

Appalachian Artisan Center hosts Kentucky Arts Council ‘Ways of Seeing’ exhibit

HINDMAN, Ky. — Appalachian Artisan Center (AAC) has been selected as the first of several venues across Kentucky to host the Kentucky Arts Council’s (KAC) traveling exhibit titled “Ways of Seeing.”

“Ways of Seeing” features artwork that depicts an alternate reality. The work is abstract, conceptual, fantasy-based and experimental. Each piece is by an artist who has been accepted into the Kentucky Crafted program or who has been awarded an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the newest exhibit from the Kentucky Arts Council,” says AAC Director of Programs, Jessica Evans.  “Visitors will experience something completely out of the norm from a group of talented artists from all over the state. We want to get people talking about art again!”

A reception for “Ways of Seeing” will be held in conjunction with the Grand Re-Opening Celebration at the newly renovated Cody Building in Historic Downtown Hindman, KY.  The event will begin at 6pm and include music, Studio and Gallery Tours, and refreshments.

“‘Ways of Seeing’ transports the viewer to a different time and place and gives them a sense of otherworldliness,” said Lori Meadows, Kentucky Arts Council Executive Director. “We’re glad to have The Appalachian Artisan Center on board as one of our partner venues for this fascinating exhibit.”

The Appalachian Artisan Center is headquartered at 30 West Main Street and is open 10am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. The “Ways of Seeing” exhibit will run from October 3 to December 22, 2016.

Artists participating in “Ways of Seeing” are:

  •       Trent Altman, Louisville
  •       Lisa Austin, Louisville
  •       Pat Banks, Richmond
  •       Patricia Brock, Louisville
  •       Geoff Carr, Louisville
  •       Bruce Frank, Georgetown
  •       Linda Fugate-Blumer, Lexington
  •       Timothy Gold, Independence
  •       Ellen Guyer, Lexington
  •       Michael McCardwell, Shelbyville
  •       Gary Mesa-Gaido, Morehead
  •       Yvonne Petkus, Bowling Green
  •       Patricia Ritter, Burkesville
  •       Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Lexington
  •       Sandy Sasso, Almo
  •       Karen Spears Springate, Lexington
  •       Deborah Stratford, Louisville
  •       Jenny Zeller, Louisville

“Ways of Seeing” will also travel to the following Kentucky venues:

  •       January – February 2017: Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts, Richmond
  •       March – April 2017: Whitley County Fine Arts, Williamsburg
  •       May – August 2017: Center for Rural Development, Somerset
  •       September – December 2017: Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville Community College, Madisonville

For more information on “Ways of Seeing,” contact Jessica Evans, Director of Programs, by phone: 606-785-9855 or by email: [email protected]

The Appalachian Artisan Center is dedicated to developing the economy of eastern Kentucky through our arts, culture, and heritage.  The Center provides assistance to artists who wish to create and grow successful businesses.

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.

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“into the woods” by Natasha Raichel

Reception:  May 26, 2016, 6:00pm

Appalachian Artisan Center

16 West Main St., Hindman, KY

 

Natasha has always been a traditional artist. From the moment she was able to grasp a pencil or hold a brush, Natasha has spent countless hours honing her craft, until she turned thirteen and found her true passion: photography. Whether she is working in digital art or photography, Natasha’s work is all-consuming, as she devotes every second of the day to either creating or envisioning what she will do next.

Not only is Natasha a proven artist and photographer, but she is emboldened with an entrepreneurial spirit, having turned her love for photography into a business at the age of fourteen, and she has not slowed down since. Natasha is fond of doing fashion and editorial work, but is even more zealous when it comes to her ardor for artistic, conceptual portraits.

Many consider Natasha’s style to be fairytale like, presumably due to its unearthly qualities. However, Natasha’s work weighs in favor of neither the dark nor the light, choosing instead to create not only the princess or the villain, but both, simultaneously. For Natasha, capitalizing on themes of ethereal fantasy grants her as much delight as compiling images that are more dark and mischievous. Longing to live in both of those conflicting, yet coexisting worlds, Natasha craves the whole story and will never be satisfied with just one side of the narrative.

into the woods” will be on display at the Appalachian Artisan Center through June 30, 2016.

 

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