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Nashville gallery to exhibit woodcarvings by former UK basketball player LaVon Williams

Exhibit of LaVon Williams at the Kentucky Folk Art Center. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   Former University of Kentucky basketball player LaVon Williams is an accomplished woodcarver and folk artist whose work is in a permanent collection at Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center.   Tomorrow, an exhibition of Williams’ work will open in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, at The...

Work begins on Isaac Murphy Memorial
Art Garden, a trailhead for the Legacy Trail

  A memorial for the most successful jockey of all time is officially under construction in Lexington’s East End neighborhood. Today, Mayor Jim Gray joined community leaders, representatives from Blue Grass Community Foundation and state officials in breaking ground at the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden.   “This park, which was once the site of Isaac Murphy’s home, will honor the...

Where Are They Now: ’79-’82 ‘Cat Bo Lanter following entrepreneur path to F5 STRONG

Former University of Kentucky Basketball player Bo Lanter has started F5Strong, a sportwear line. (Photo provided)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Bo Lanter is a born entrepreneur. He exhibited his entrepreneurial spirit early on when he left the Midwestern State University basketball team in 1978 after his freshman year, having decided he would take his chances as a walk-on for the University...

2013 Review: People matter – we love telling you about their interesting, purposeful lives

Everyone has a story and we have set out to tell as many of them as we can. Our “people” stories distinguish us – whether they are stories about accomplished people, purposeful people, celebrated people or the people next door. These stories resonate with other people, too – and inspire, touch, amuse, instruct and expand our lives.   Here are “people’ stories you...

Judy Clabes: Do yourself a favor and head
to Day in the Country at Ky. Folk Art Center

With Morehead State University graduation behind them, the good folks in Morehead are gearing up for another influx of visitors Saturday to another special annual ritual – A Day in the Country, Kentucky’s original folk art fair.   A true Kentucky gem, the Kentucky Folk Art Center offers the annual event which will draw more than 50 folk artists from 10 states, making it one of the largest...

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...