Folk art masters, apprentices exhibition moves to Cadiz museum
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Explore Kentucky's artistic and cultural traditions and the relationships between the people who contribute to their legacy at "The Makings of a Master: Kentucky Folk Art Apprenticeships" exhibition Oct. 17–Nov. 4, at the Janice Mason Art Museum in Cadiz.
Kentucky's rich cultural traditions can be traced back to the state's wealth of master musicians, dancers, craftspeople and other artists who create and teach within their communities. Featured in the Kentucky Arts Council exhibition are more than 60 folk and traditional arts apprenticeships documented by the Kentucky Folklife Program between 1993 and 2011.
"Kentucky's folk traditions have shaped our state's heritage from our earliest days," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. " 'The Makings of a Master' offers a glimpse into the past and examines the artists who work to preserve our traditions today."
The exhibition weaves stories, artifacts and visual components together to give visitors a look at such traditions as old-time string music, storytelling, Chinese dancing, square dance calling, basket making and thumb-picking guitar styles. Visitors explore the relationships between master folk artists and their apprentices and the culture they share through art, video interviews, live concerts and demonstrations.
A free concert featuring master guitarist Eddie Pennington, a National Heritage Fellowship recipient, and his apprentice, Alonzo Pennington, will be held in conjunction with the exhibition from 5-7 p.m. CST Nov. 2, at the museum.
The Janice Mason Art Museum is located at 71 Main St., Cadiz. The exhibition is free and open to museum visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities 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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