The Makings of a Master Folk Art Apprenticeships at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History [Visual Art]

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Master Artist and Apprentice: working and learning together side by side. The results of that are on exhibit in The Makings of a Master.

The Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort Kentucky shows the journey from apprenticeship to master craftsman and documents 20 years of Kentucky Folk life through art, video interview, and demonstrations.

The museum exhibits are filled with folk traditions. Stories and tales from the past as Antebellum Kentucky’s Baptist preacher, Elijah Craig’s Bourbon making process and by the year 1810 Kentucky had over 2,200 distilleries which produced over 2.2 million gallons of whiskey.

Artifacts from the battle of Perryville, the largest battle fought on Kentucky soil, where 800 men were killed or wounded in one day.

Dottie Dare, a volunteer at The Thomas D. Clark Center, told of going to the Kentucky State University, in 1963, and the only way to get there being 1000 steps up.

Some of the Master/Apprentice works are the Pipe and Snare Drum: The Master-Ed White , Apprentice-Franklin Lewis; The Easter Alfombria: Master-Church of Annunciation in Shelbyville Kentucky- Apprentice-Jose Neil Donis; the Stool and Chair: Master-Terry Ratliff, Apprentice-Barbara Church; and finally the John boat: Master-Raymond Hicks and Apprentice-Sarah Hicks and Jr. Hammond.

The hours and times for the Thomas D. Clark History Center are as follows:

Regular Schedule:
Wednesdays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. EST
Thursdays: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

ADMISSION:
Adults: $4
Youth (6-18): $2
Children (5 and under): FREE
KHS members: FREE
Veterans: $3
AAA members: $3
The Martin F. Schmidt Research Library: FREE 

 

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