Arts bulletin board: Aug. 15, 2014

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Matthews book reading

William E. Matthews will talk about his memoir Editor, Actor, Ballplayer, Spy at a program and book-signing hosted by the Shelby County Public Library on September 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hudson Room. Editor refers to his journalism/publisher career that started in 1962 and Spy reveals events during his time with the CIA. Matthews will share other tidbits from the book, a copy of which he will donate to the library at the program. He will offer his memoir for a special rate of $23, along with a one-time sale of $10 for “A Living History – Shelby County, Kentucky, 2011 and Historic Kentucky Postcard Art – 1900-2013 – Shelby, Henry, Spencer Counties published in 2013.


Sutherland to have

poetry reading

Eric Sutherland will be reading poetry from his latest book "Pendulum" on Saturday at 6th and Main Coffee House.  Sutherland is a native of Shelby County and now resides in Lexington. For more information, contact the Sixth and Main Coffeehouse at Kathryn@6amcoffee.com.


New 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:

  • In the Style of Alexander Calder Wire Sculpture– a workshop for youth ages 9 to 13, from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 6. To register, contact Rose Flowers at 502-648-8136 or rkflowers@gmail.com.
  • Collage 102, Beyond the Basics– A workshop for all age from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Shelby County Extention Office. Explore different techniques of getting paint on your canvas using paint drips, smudging and using things you find around the house. All supplies included. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Shelby County Extension Office. To register, contact JoAnna Jackson at joannajksn@gmail.com.
  • Nesting Boxes Art –A workshop for fourth grade to adults, from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 18 at the Shelby County Public Library. Warning! This art activity is addictive! The workshop will teach participants to make nesting boxes from paper. To register, contact the Shelby County Public Library at 502-633-3803.
  • Simple Book Binding II –A workshop for ages 18 and up, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Shelby County Public Library. Create soft-cover blank books demonstrating how handmade books can make any project special. Beginners are welcome to attend this second class where we will create a Japanese side stab binding and an accordion book. To register, contact Joanne Price at contact@snickleprice.com or call 763-300-6004.
  • Hand Painted Silk Scarf Making –a workshop for teens and adults, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office. Students will have the opportunity to design their own pattern, or choose a design offered by the instructor. You will learn about design, color and using silks, inks, dyes, and resists. Supply fee of $20. To register, contact Rose Flowers at 502-648-8136 or rkflowers@gmail.com.
  • Let's 'Tangle: The Art of Zentangle –a workshop for ages 18 and up, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office.  The Zentangles method is an easy-to-learn and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Materials will be provided. "Zentangle" is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at www.zentangles.comwww.zentangles.com. To register, contact Stephanie Allison at 502-647-1719, or E-mail sallison@twc.com.


Museums offer free admission to active military

Thirteen Kentucky museums are offering free admission to active military members and their families this summer as part of the Blue Star Museums initiative. The window for free admission runs through Labor Day, Sept. 1.

A collaboration of the Department of Defense, the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and thousands of museums nationwide, the Blue Star Museum program was started five years ago as a military appreciation effort aimed at connecting military families to cultural resources in communities where they've moved or are based.

Currently, participating Blue Star Museums in Kentucky are:

Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green.

  • Eloise B. Houchens Center, Bowling Green
  • Historic RailPark & Train Museum, Bowling Green
  • Behringer-Crawford Museum, Covington
  • Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Lexington
  • Frazier History Museum, Louisville
  • Historic Locust Grove, Louisville
  • Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville
  • Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, Maysville
  • International Bluegrass Music Museum, Owensboro
  • Owensboro Museum of Science and History, Owensboro
  • Hopewell Museum, Paris
  • East Kentucky Science Center, Prestonsburg

For questions regarding a specific museum's policy, visitors should contact the museum directly.


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.