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Inaugural NorthSide Festival comes to Loudoun House on April 27 to honor folk artist LaVon Williams

The Lexington Art League has announced the NorthSide Festival, a new community arts festival, will be held on April 27 in honor of long-time northside resident and prominent folk artist LaVon Williams. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 209 Castlewood Dr. in Lexington, home of the Loudoun House and the Lexington Art League. The NorthSide Festival welcomes its neighbors and...

Folk and traditional artists can apply for an apprenticeship grant to teach others their art

  Folk and traditional art has a rich history of being handed down from generation to generation, and in recognition of this heritage, the Kentucky Arts Council offers grants to folk and traditional master artists to help them pass knowledge to skilled apprentices.   KAC’s Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant provides up to $3,000 to a Kentucky master traditional artist to...

LaVon Williams: From UK NCAA title team to folk artist renown, he finds his true calling

LaVon Williams exhibit at the Kentucky Folk Art Center. (Photo from Folk Art Center)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Skill with a round ball was the ticket to a college education for LaVon Williams, as it was for many young black men in the 1970s. He was good at it, no doubt. An All-American basketball star at Manual High School in Denver, he was recruited to Joe B. Hall’s University...

LaVon Williams: From UK NCAA title team to folk artist renown, he finds his true calling

LaVon Williams exhibit at the Kentucky Folk Art Center. (Photo from Folk Art Center)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Skill with a round ball was the ticket to a college education for LaVon Williams, as it was for many young black men in the 1970s. He was good at it, no doubt. An All-American basketball star at Manual High School in Denver, he was recruited to Joe B. Hall’s University...

LaVon Williams: From UK NCAA title team
to folk artist renown, he finds his true calling

LaVon Williams exhibit at the Kentucky Folk Art Center. (Photo from Folk Art Center)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Skill with a round ball was the ticket to a college education for LaVon Williams, as it was for many young black men in the 1970s. He was good at it, no doubt. An All-American basketball star at Manual High School in Denver, he was recruited to Joe B. Hall’s University...