The next Kentucky Life, hosted by Dave Shuffett, highlights how the Bluegrass State is enriched by the contributions of international ideas and individuals. The program features Lexingtonís Headley-Whitney Museum, German artists Herakut, the town of East Bernstadt, Hidden Cave Ranch Bed and Breakfast in Burkesville, and horse trainer Gudmar Petursson in Oldham County. The program airs Saturday, June 1 at 8/7 p.m. and Sunday, June 2 at 4/3 p.m. on KET.
In Lexington, the German artist duo Herakut was invited by local artists and Transylvania University professors Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova to create large-scale public art on downtown buildings. The paintings are part of a childrenís book project that the artists are working on, featuring a young female character named Lily. The two striking murals were completed during a five-day stretch in the fall of 2012 and continue to draw a downtown audience.
East Bernstadt in Laurel County, this programís featured Our Town, is still rebuilding after the 2012 tornado that swept through Kentucky last spring. The town was also one of the first Swiss colonies in Kentucky. In the 1880s, Kentucky began a campaign to attract Western European immigrants to the state in an effort to replace the sizable portion of its population lost to the new westward movement. The Kentucky Bureau of Immigration, the State Geological Survey, and the Bureau of Agriculture, Labor and Statistics sent agents abroad, armed with pamphlets, to entice German, Austrian and Swiss citizens to make Kentucky their new home.
In Burkesville, Jaro and Marion Huurman, a husband and wife from the Netherlands, offer guests a relaxing retreat at Hidden Cave Ranch Bed and Breakfast. On his visit, Shuffett discovers striking homemade wood furniture, delicious and hearty breakfasts, trail rides on rare American Bashkir Curly Horses, and more.
This program also features Icelandic Horse trainer Gudmar Petursson, who has been riding since he was five years old. From his farm in Oldham County, he shares why Icelandic Horses, which first came to Iceland with the Vikings, are now conquering America. For more than 1,000 years, these sturdy horses have been isolated on the island nation; no other horses have ever been imported, so the breed is among the purest in the world today.
In addition, the Headley-Whitney Museum in Lexington was founded by designer George Headley in 1968 and is a showplace for jewelry, artifacts and art from around Kentucky and the world, including his collection of bibelots (French for knick-knacks).
Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers are John Schroering, Shuffett, Valerie Trimble and Wickey.
More information about Kentucky Life, including streaming video, is available at ket.org/kentuckylife.