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Applications now open for Kentucky Arts Council’s apprenticeship grants; work with folk art masters

Folk musician Sue Massek, of Willisburg, has experienced the Kentucky Arts Council’s Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant as an apprentice and a master, which she says has enriched both her playing and teaching of the banjo, her primary instrument. Massek studied under the late Grant County master folk musician Blanche Coldiron in 1995. “I felt so blessed to know her and so happy...

Makings of a Master: Exhibit features live demonstrations of passing down traditions

The egg basket on the left is made by master artisan Lestel Childress. The one on the right is made by Childress’ apprentice Beth Hester. (Photo from KAC)   The Grant County Public Library in Williamstown has the Kentucky Arts Council’s Makings of a Master exhibit on view now through Oct. 22, with a special event planned to celebrate local folk arts masters and apprentices Oct. 7.   The...