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Program 411

1. sculptor Delmer Williams
2. rafting the Cumberland
3. the Audubon State Park bird garden
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Grayson County

For more information:
• Delmer Williams, 4567 Millerstown Road, Clarkson, KY 42726, (270) 242-7784

Producer: Donna Ross

Delmer and His Donkeys

Sculptor Delmer Williams

Some work in clay, some in marble or bronze, and some in ... donkey doo. Sculptor Delmer Williams of Grayson County, who believes in wasting nothing, gets a constant supply of environmentally friendly material from his pet donkeys. The unusual bird-shaped sculptures he makes from their droppings are much in demand.

McCreary County

For more information:
Sheltowee Trace Outfitters, P.O. Box 1060, Whitley City, KY 42653, (800) 541-RAFT (7238)

Producer, videographer: Gale Worth

White Water

Rafting the Cumberland River

Much of the Cumberland River has been dammed, diked, and otherwise tamed. But it still has its wild side, as armchair adventurers will learn in the next segment. When not dodging boulders or steering through rapids, rafters can enjoy some fabulous scenery that can only be seen from on the water.

Henderson County

For more information:
John James Audubon State Park and Museum, 3100 U.S. Hwy. 41 North, Henderson, KY 42419, (270) 826-2247

Producer, videographer: David Brinkley

This Garden’s for the Birds

John James Audubon Museum

John James Audubon moved to Louisville (then a frontier town) in 1807 to open a store. Both it and a successor in Henderson failed—partly because the owner was more interested in roaming the surrounding woods to indulge his personal hobby of drawing birds. In 1810, Scottish ornithologist Alexander Wilson came to Louisville to peddle his own bird illustrations, and Audubon realized not only that his own efforts were far superior, but also that it might be possible to make money doing what he loved.

After the family moved to Henderson later that year, they prospered for a time, and John took a sketchbook along on his frequent business trips to further his ambitious project of painting all of America’s birds. But the Audubons lost everything in the Panic of 1819, and they left Kentucky, moving first to Ohio, then to Louisiana. It wasn’t until the 1830s that the publication of Birds of America won Audubon his place in history.

Though it lasted only 12 years, Audubon’s time in Kentucky laid the groundwork for his lasting fame. The John James Audubon Memorial Museum at Audubon State Park in Henderson commemorates the period with a collection of engravings, paintings, personal artifacts—and one of the few remaining complete sets of the four-volume Birds of America portfolios. On Kentucky Life’s visit, we also see a garden dedicated to the Kentucky birds that were among the artist’s best subjects.

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