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One book – one community
A community-wide read of Ahab’s Wife, written by Sena Jeter Naslund, will be from 6 to 7 p.m. April 17 at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St. A kickoff for the book give-a-way will be Monday. One book per person, no reserves. Registration is requested for seating purposes and notification of any program changes. For more information, contact 633-3803, ext. 11 or email@example.com.
Kentucky Writers’ Day celebration
Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker and six past poets laureate will gather April 24 in the Capitol Rotunda for readings and book signings in celebration of Kentucky Writers’ Day, coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council.
Kentucky Writers' Day is a public celebration of the Commonwealth’s extraordinary literary heritage and is held each year on or around April 24, the birthdate of Kentucky native Robert Penn Warren, the first U. S. poet laureate and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes.
“Kentucky Writers’ Day is an all-star event for fans and admirers of Kentucky literature,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “There is no other event in the state where you have the opportunity to experience this group of distinguished writers who all have contributed to the Commonwealth's strong literary legacy.”
Joining Walker for readings are past poets laureate Maureen Morehead, Gurney Norman, Jane Gentry Vance, Sena Jeter Naslund, Joe Survant and Richard Taylor.
Artists chosen for Governor’s Derby Exhibit
Twenty-seven artists from across the Commonwealth will have work included in the 2014 installment of the Governor's Derby Exhibit coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council as part of the annual Governor's Derby Celebration in the capital city.
The exhibit opened this week and will remain on view until May 5 in the Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capital Ave. The building is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“The arts council is proud to coordinate the Governor's Derby Exhibit each year on behalf of the Governor and First Lady as part of the Derby festivities,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “This exhibit continues to serve as an introduction to working with the arts council for many of the state's artists and is a great opportunity to showcase the wealth of artistic talent that can be found in Kentucky.”
Shelby Artists on Main workshops
Shelby Artists on Main, Inc. announced an Art Speaks! series of art workshops for adults and youth. Thanks to a grant from the Shelby County Community Foundation, Shelby Artists on Main, Inc. has awarded funding to six artists to conduct workshops:
§ Viking Art – a workshop for youth, grades 6 through 12, April 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Shelby County Public Library. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
§ Acrylic/collage Art – a workshop for adults, May 31, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Shelby County Extension Office. Contact JoAnne Jackson at email@example.com to register.
§ Book Binding Art – a workshop for adults, date TBA in June, location TBA. Contact Joanne Price at firstname.lastname@example.org.
§ In the Style of Alexander Calder Wire Sculpture – a workshop for youth ages 9 to 13, date TBA in late summer, location TBA. Contact Rose Flowers at email@example.com.
§ Silk painting – a workshop for mothers and teenage daughters, date TBA in fall, location TBA. Contact Rose Flowers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. James Art Festival poster contest
The St. James Art Festival will have a poster design competition for the 2014 show, which is scheduled for Oct. 3-5 in historic Old Louisville.
The deadline to enter is June 13, and the entry fee is $20. The winner will be selected by the June 30 by the show’s committee and will receive a $2,000 cash prize. All entries will be displayed on the show’s web site. Entries must be original designs.
Limited and open edition posters will be produced by the St. James Court Art Show, which will own the design and related artwork. A smaller version will be produced to use as promotion for the Art Show. The winning image will also be sold in shirt/sweatshirt format at the 2014 show.
Library story hours
Story hours at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th St., will be at 10 a.m. for 2-to-3-year-olds and 11 a.m. for 4-to-5-year-olds on Tuesdays; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for 2-to-5-year-olds on Wednesdays; 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. for “Baby Time,” birth to 2-year-olds, on Thursdays. For more information or to register for Baby Time, contact 633-3803. Registration is not required for the other ages.
State fair concerts set
Lady Antebellum with special guest Billy Currington will open the 2014 Kentucky State Fair Main Stage Concert Series on Aug. 14 as a part of their “Take Me Downtown Tour.” The next night, the “Soundtrack of Summer” Tour featuring rock bands Styx and Foreigner will rock in Freedom Hall.
Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 24 at 10 a.m. for both concerts. Tickets for Lady Antebellum with special guest Billy Currington are $45 and $55 and tickets for Styx and Foreigner are $40 and $50. All prices include Kentucky State Fair gate admission.
The state fair will run Aug. 14-24. For more information about the 2014 Kentucky State Fair, visit www.kystatefair.org.
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