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Kentucky by Heart: Mercer County native Matthew Jouett was prolific artist renowned for portraiture

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist In the realm of visual arts, Kentucky has a celebrated history of noted painters. Names like John James Audubon, Ray Harm, Paul Sawyier, and Frank Duveneck are ones that may quickly come to mind. But there is one individual, Matthew Jouett, who may surpass all mentioned if you agree with the opinion of folks at the Jack Jouett House Historic Site, in Woodford County. Matthew...

Everyday Heroes: Mary Lynn Collins a fierce supporter, true friend of Kentucky’s libraries

The statewide Friends of Kentucky Libraries has seen remarkable growth since Mary Lynn Collins took over as the group’s president in 2009. (Photo provided)   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Mary Lynn Collins received her love of books and libraries honestly–from her mom and dad, who made literacy a priority as she was growing up. A few years back, when she was helping...