Makings of a Master Exhibit Adds New Features for Visit in Bowling Green

The Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling folk and traditional arts exhibit, Makings of a Master, will be at Bowling Green’s Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) through Aug. 31, and will feature several pieces of art that are new to the exhibit.

Willow chairs created by master furniture maker George Beard and his apprentice Justin Roberts, both of Murray, a white oak basket made by National Heritage Fellow Leona Waddell of Cecilia, instruments made by master luthier and Governor’s Award in the Arts recipient Doug Naselroad and his apprentices, and a full-size skiff made by the late Raymond Hicks will be added to The Makings of a Master. The exhibit features several display cases housing a variety of musical instruments, tools and artworks made by master tradition bearers, interpretive panels, display photos and quotes, along with a push-button video display.

“We are excited to help tell the stories of so many Kentucky tradition bearers to SKyPAC visitors. Their gallery space will be the perfect place to expand the exhibit and show new works,” said Mark Brown, arts council folk and traditional arts director. “Folk art apprenticeships are all about continuity and change, so it will be amazing to see George’s and Justin’s willow chairs side by side, and study their similarities and differences. We thank all the artists and the Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University for loaning us these beautiful and culturally meaningful works to display.”

The exhibit will be on display at SKyPAC, 601 College St. in Bowling Green.

As part of the exhibit’s visit to Bowling Green, Brent Bjorkman, Kentucky Folklife Program director, will present basket making as a family tradition, 6-9 p.m. CDT July 19, in the SKyPAC lobby. The presentation will feature demonstrations and discussions with basket makers Charles, Charlene and Brandon Long; and Mark and Malinda Childress.

For more information on the “Makings of a Master” exhibit, contact Brown at or 502-892-3115.

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