‘Makings of a Master’ Exhibit Visits Butler County, Features Folk Singer Sue Massek

Singer, songwriter and banjo player Sue Massek of Willisburg will perform Nov. 9 at the Butler County Arts Guild in conjunction with the Kentucky Arts Council’s “Makings of a Master” exhibit.

The Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling folk and traditional arts exhibit, “Makings of a Master,” will be in Butler County through Nov. 30.

The exhibit is at the Butler County Arts Guild, 115 W. Ohio St. in Morgantown. Guild hours are Thursday and Friday, 3-7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., all times Central.

“Makings of a Master” contains seven 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.

On Nov. 9, as part of the exhibit, singer, songwriter and banjo player Sue Massek of Willisburg will perform at 6 p.m. CST. Massek has worked as a performing artist for more than a half century, including nearly 40 years of playing and singing with the Reel World String Band. She moved from Kansas to Kentucky in 1976, and she has been affiliated with Kentucky Arts Council programs for more than 30 years. In addition to being a teaching artist and folklorist-in-residence, she has been both apprentice and master artist for the arts council’s Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program. Massek has worked closely with iconic Kentucky artists Lily May Ledford, Clyde Davenport and Blanche Coldiron.

The guild will host a free pre-performance reception for Massek at 5 p.m. The public is invited to meet her and ask questions while viewing the “Makings of a Master” exhibit.

For more information on the “Makings of a Master” exhibit, contact Mark Brown, arts council folk and traditional arts director, at mark.brown@ky.gov or 502-892-3115.

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