The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has funded two projects that will impact Lee County in a positive way. One is for $3500.00 that will be use for a Kentucky River Trailhead Development and Stewardship Project. Beattyville/Lee County Tourism is the recipient of this grant. Dedra Brandenburg is the tourism director. The grant will be used for signage that will include maps and historical river information.
The Pine Ridge Industrial Park has been awarded a $10,000.00 grant to fund a Musical Heritage Center Feasibility Study – Phase II. This study should give the counties of Lee, Wolfe, Powell, Owsley and Breathitt a more thorough picture of how many jobs and how much income is likely to be realized by the completion of the proposed musical heritage complex.
This project consists of recorded “fireside chat” sessions at the Lee County Public Library. Each Tuesday in April, attendees will sit around the fireplace and tell stories about what it was like to grow up in Lee County. Topics to discuss include: farming, town, life, industry, government, religion, technology and more. The Department of Sociology at Eastern Kentucky University will use keyword technology to catalogue these valuable stories and preserve them for the future. They will also be available online to the general public for genealogy research, classroom history enhancement or just for entertainment. If you can’t attend the sessions, hand-held recording devices will be available for checkout through the library. You can record up to ten hours on these devices.
Tuesdays at 6pm, starting April 4th, 2017
Don’t forget the Friends of the Public Library Meeting on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at the library. Everyone is welcome!
If you ask John Paul why he left New Jersey in 2008, he’ll tell you he was in the right state of mind, but in the wrong state. So he left his job, sold his home, packed his dog in the RV and headed West. He passed through Kentucky on his way to settling somewhere in Wyoming, Montana, or one of the Dakotas. After looking around to find a place to put down roots, he realized he couldn’t get thoughts of the laid back attitude and friendly people of th Bluegrass State out of his mind, so he headed back. He contacted a realtor and began looking for the home of his dreams. What he found was a rough hewn cabin in foreclosure. The rustic appearance and huge amount of work required to bring it back to life were an answer to a prayer. He was home.
John Paul has turned his home into a living piece of art. From the leather and wood organizer near the phone to the full size phone booth in his living room, he has paid meticulous attention to every deatail. He calls his decorating style “Down Dating” . He doesn’t update houses, he down dates them. Every nook and cranny, inside and out holds a personal touch that begs to be analyzed. And if he invites you out–and he will–he’s not just being nice. He really loves sharing and showing his home. It’s well worth the trip.
He has exploited all his disciplines as a sculpter in steel, carver, and painter to make his home a true showplace. And if you are looking for a designer to bring to life a rustic or western motif inside or out, he’s got the eye. His art is diverse, but you can tell he has a love for horses, because they are a common theme. All of his design elements are pieces of art that he has for sale. Give him a call and be surprised.
Filed under: Artists
Cheryle Walton A Florida transplant-a long time ago- is a regionally aclaimed artist with showings at the Kentucky Professors Exhibit, Morehead Art Guild, Imaginarium Gallery, Appalachian Artisan Center, and LEEAD art show. She is also a founding member of the Beattyville Arts Guild.
A wife and mother of two college age sons, she taught art for 12 years at the Oneida Baptist Institute. An artist with training from Eastern Kentucky University in painting, print making, ceramics, and drawing, she has worked in mixed media for the last three decades and has developed an interest in using her diverse skills to create art from trash. Part of a growing trend of artists who use materials at hand to inspire and challenge the audience while cleaning up the environment, she has expanded her own artistic endeavers to include teaching classes in Recyclable Art.
Working for a local newspater, the Beattyville Enterprise, she was inspired to start a new series of paintings as she was cleaning up the newspaper office after a fire destroyed it in August 2009. She calls the series “Coal Dust”.
The technique is a mixed media project which uses acrylic and watercolor. It calls for painting the picture in acrylic in flat colors which are outlined in black. The entire painting is then covered in black watercolor and the colors are brought back out of the black with brushes and rags. The beautiful images coming out of the “coal dust” speaks of where and how people of the coal fields of Appalachia live.
She has completed three paintings in the series; “Yellow House”, “Redbud Time”, and “Owsley Outback”. “Yellow House” was juried and exhibited in the Mountain Vision 2010 art exhibition at the Mary B Martin School of the Arts, Reece Museum on the East Tennessee State University Campus in Johnson City Tennessee.
Crystal Cook is a local artist who started on the path to being an artist in High School thanks to the uncompromising support of Bruce Combs her art teacher. A 1996 graduate of Lee County High School, she found herself entrapped in a downward spiraling addiction to drugs. By seeking help to deal with her dependancy, she began the long journey back to finding herself. She remembered decorating her Granmother’s mirror and her father’s advice to “stay busy” and began practicing her art. An accomplished calligropher and cross stitcher, she added jewelery making to her repertoire and found a niche to share the best elements of herself and grow as an artist.
Crystal designs custom jewelery and offers jewelery classes and parties. Using semi-precious stones like Amethyst, Turquoise, Hematite, Shells, Unakite, Sodalite, Cat’s Eye Tiger’s Eye and others, she can create a personal jewelry statement for you or guide you to create your own. From Girl Scout meetings to a girl’s night out, she can set up a class or party to meet your needs. She can be contacted at 606-560-8432.