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New season premiere of Kentucky Muse explores The Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen

For Release: 2013-09-06 08:54:00

Viewers will learn the rich history of a longtime Kentucky institution and meet some of the artisans who make up its membership when Kentucky Muse presents “Of Hands and Hearts: The Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen.” The program premieres Monday, Sept. 30 at 9/8 p.m. on KET.

To tell the story of the guild, KET introduces artists of various ages and media, providing a sense of individual works and perspectives of guild membership. Interwoven into these profiles is a history of the guild, which at one time sponsored a craft train that traveled the state. Today, it has become a living, growing organization fostering careers of both longtime members and young artists.

The program provides a picture of what drives these artists and craftspeople individually, as well as the importance of an artisan community connection provided by being a member of the guild.

The visually stunning documentary shows off the artistic process, showcasing artists at work in their studios. It also makes a visit to the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea and the fall craft fair. Interviews include:

--Young jewelry maker Carrie Blackburn of Winchester, who uses the lost-wax technique to cast sterling silver

--Traditional basket weavers Gin Petty and Janet Northern, both lifetime guild members

--Potter Matthew Gaddie, who operates a wood-fired kiln on a farm in Bardstown

--Acclaimed stained glass artist Dan Neil Barnes, who calls the guild an “eternal flame” that plays a vital role in career development for artists.

Kentucky Muse is a KET production, and “Of Hands and Hearts: The Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen” is produced by Matt Grimm.

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Contact: Abby Malik



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