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Program 713

1. fantasy artist Larry Elmore
2. Middlesboro Golf Course
3. Hart County crafters
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Grayson County

For more information:
• The Larry Elmore web site has more about the artist and galleries of his work.

Producer, videographer: Gale Worth
Editors: Gale Worth, Dan Taulbee

The Art of the Fantastic

Fantasy artist Larry Elmore

His artwork takes fans and game players to amazing worlds filled with bizarre creatures, both of which exist only in the imagination. But in real life, Larry Elmore is basically a small-town boy who’s stuck close to home, and an artist whose work is often inspired by the landscape around him.

The converted garage where Elmore paints is in Leitchfield. In that Grayson County studio, he creates the paintings that have made him one of America’s best known fantasy artists. If you’ve ever played Dungeons and Dragons (or known someone obsessed by it), then you’ve come in contact with his creations. In the 1980s, Larry worked for the company that created that role-playing game, painting much of the artwork for it.

These days, Elmore is a free-lancer, with clients across the country. Kentucky Life host Dave Shuffett stops by the studio to see him at work and to find out how a young man from a small Kentucky town made his own artistic fantasies come true.

Bell County

For more information:
Middlesboro Country Club, Haywood Road, Middlesboro, KY 40965, (606) 248-3831

Producer: Duncan Hart

A Story with Holes in It

Middlesboro Country Club

It may not be as storied as Augusta or Pebble Beach, but the Middlesboro Country Club has one distinction neither of those venues can claim: It’s America’s oldest continuously operated golf course. And its setting in the mountains around the Cumberland Gap does make for some spectacular backdrops.

The town itself was laid out by British emigrants, as its wide streets and vestiges of Tudor architecture will attest. The nine-hole golf course, built in 1889, also shows their influence. During this visit, Dave “Tiger” Shuffett learns about other clues to Middlesboro’s beginnings while playing a round.

Hart County

For more information:
• Creations from the Hart, 113 Main St., Munfordville, KY 42765, (270) 524-4438

Producer: Barbara Deeb

Crafting a Collaboration

Creations from the Hart

Individual artisans who decide to try to earn a little money from their creations soon run into a dilemma: The time required to promote and peddle your wares is time you have to subtract from actually making them. Organizations like the crafters’ co-op featured in this segment offer a solution.

Creations from the Hart (named for its location in Hart County) was started by several local artisans who pooled their resources and shared their labor to establish a gift shop and coffeehouse where all their work can be sold. Shop owner Donna Seymore shows us around and tells us how the cooperative arrangement works in this visit.

Fayette County

For more information:
The Arboretum, 500 Alumni Dr., Lexington, KY 40503, (859) 257-6955

A Quiet Walk

University of Kentucky/Lexington Arboretum

This edition ends with a “music video” featuring flora and fauna at the arboretum jointly administered by the University of Kentucky and the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government. Kentucky’s official state botanical garden, this 100-acre urban oasis offers a two-mile paved walking/jogging path, a stand of native woods, an education center, and a special children’s area. You’ll find a more extensive tour of the arboretum, featuring birdhouses created by local artists as a fundraiser for that children’s addition, in Kentucky Life Program 1417.

SEASON 7 PROGRAMS: 701702703704705706707708709: Along U.S. 60

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