Holiday shopping begins with several local art sales and festivals around the region this weekend. Murray Art Guild's director Debi Danielson joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good because tonight, tomorrow and Sunday the Miller Center on Murray's Courthouse Square features the cornucopia of items available in its annual Holiday Sale, featuring a variety of mediums crafted by local artists.
It’s the start of the holiday season. The countdowns to Thanksgiving and Christmas have officially begun, and families will soon be gathered round dining tables to share stories and laughter. It’s that deep significance of the family table that prompted the founders of Heirloom Table Home in Hopkinsville to start designing and building beautiful dining tables of their own.
Paducah author Pamela Whinnery has collected recipes from Tennessee and Kentucky celebrities and published them in two cookbooks. On Sounds Good, she explains how she went about collecting the recipes from Academy award winners, to well-known musicians, to Olympic medalists. Whinnery splits the proceeds of sales of the cookbooks with non-profits, large and small and previews the event Monday at WKCTC.
Janice Mason Art Museum in Cadiz is showing "People and the Land: Elsa Bekkala Paintings" through November 29. The artist is of Sami- Finnish descent and was born on a farm in Keweenaw Bay, Michigan. After two decades of living in New York, she had settled into her Studio 1898 in Lafayette, Kentucky in Christian County near Ft. Campbell, where her sister Ellen Francis is the mayor. Kate Lochte meets Elsa Bekkala on Sounds Good and learns about her unique artistic medium: painting on copper.
The Kentucky Arts Council features Murray artist Eva King on its website for the month of August. Eva King cites American artists Ellis Wilson, Jacob Lawrence and Jonathan Green her influences. She has painted local scenes for years, inspired by the countryside through which she enjoys running, but has recently turned to a new medium: cut paper. Kate Lochte speaks with King on Sounds Good.
Today on Sounds Good, Ballard County native Kelsey Waldon performed live in WKMS Studio A. Rolling Stone Country recently named her among the "10 New Artists You Need to Know." Tracy Ross speaks with Kelsey about her hometown, Monkey's Eyebrow and how she got started, also the inspiration for some of her songs.
Hear the conversation and Kelsey's acoustic session:
Kentucky Arts Council's executive director Lori Meadows visits Sounds Good to talk about the Council's efforts this summer to get younger people involved in its creative industries study and strategic plan. These are two surveys on their site, which seek input in shaping the future of arts in the Commonwealth, from classical arts to folk and traditional arts in all disciplines.
Madisonville and Bowling Green are hosting "Uncommon Wealth," a traveling exhibit of work by Kentucky Artists who have received the Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship over its 30 year history. Brad Downall, Director of the Glema Center at Madisonville Community College, speaks with Kate about the exhibit on Sounds Good.