Arts Council
Banjo player Gibson, apprentice Haywood, kick off ‘Makings of a Master’ in Hindman

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 04, 2015  
Contact Information:  Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council’s “Makings of a Master” exhibit will travel to the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman Nov. 5, greeted by the old-time string sound of banjo master George Gibson and his apprentice John Haywood.

The duo will perform at 7 p.m. to help open the exhibit and also kick off the second annual Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming, Nov. 5-8 and the artisan center’s Museum of the Mountain Dulcimer exhibit.

“Makings of a Master” will be on display through Dec. 31.

“We’re excited about doing this in conjunction with the opening of the Museum of the Mountain Dulcimer, which we’re curating here,” said Josh Mullins, artisan center executive director. “And there are several master/apprentice pairs from around the area, like George Gibson and John Haywood, who can help add to the exhibit as well.”

Mullins said he expects a large draw of dulcimer enthusiasts from six states during the dulcimer homecoming, and that the artisan center will encourage school groups to visit “Makings of a Master” during its stay in Hindman.

“We’ll schedule those visits so that they can also see local artists practicing their craft alongside the exhibit,” Mullins said.

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.

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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