Coming Up! Wicked Wonders Halloween Art Market

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This year, Lexington Arts & Recreation has decided to make a whole day out of the Thriller Re-enactment and Halloween Parade that occurs every year in downtown Lexington. This amazing event will be made even spookier by the addition of the Wicked Wonders Halloween Art Market which will be located at the 5/3 Pavilion in Cheapside Park on Main Street in Lexington. ( 251 West Main Street, Lexington, Ky). I look forward to displaying my own Wicked Wonders and participating in what may become an annual Halloween art show! And Zombies, I’m looking forward to all the Zombies!!! Click the ad above for more information about the day’s festivities.

Bluegrass & Backroads

I really like the title of this show. One of my favorite things about country living is traveling the backroads on a pretty day. Kentucky really is a beautiful state, and the rolling fields, deep caverns, creeks, lakes and rock formations can be breathtaking. I think the title of this show is an appropriate description of Kentucky.

Tucked along those backroads and rolling fields, sprinkled here and there, are unique and interesting people. Many folks think that isolation helps spur creativity in our people. To some degree this is true, I think. Growing up, all of my family members had projects we were constantly working on…piddling as we called it. I have piddled my whole life. In fact, I really never felt comfortable calling myself an artist until I was in my 20′s. So removed from the “art world” was I, that I simply said I piddled with making things.

I’m glad my folks encouraged all that piddling.

The episode that I filmed back in May (you can read more about that experience here) is coming up this next weekend on KET and RFD-TV. Although hesitant to participate at first because of my own shyness and perhaps, stage fright, I’m so glad Bob and Matt encouraged me to share my artwork on their program. It really was such a great experience and has helped me overcome some of that stage fright to a degree.

I encourage you to watch Bluegrass & Backroads. There are some interesting things happening in Kentucky, at the hands of interesting makers and these two fellows work very hard to scout the best and most interesting makers and bring their stories to you.

You can visit this link for a list of air dates on KET, (Kentucky Educational Television). I am episode #1305, just scroll down and look for Rebecca Miller Campbell or see dates below.

 

Rebecca Miller Campbell; Cathedral Basillica; Jack Crowner; Blessings in a Backpack

26:40 | #1305 | First Airs: October 15, 2016

  • KET2: Saturday, October 15 at 4:30 PM ET
  • KETKY: Sunday, October 16 at 7:30 AM ET
  • KETKY: Sunday, October 16 at 11:00 PM ET
  • KETKY: Tuesday, October 18 at 12:30 PM ET
  • KETKY: Tuesday, October 18 at 2:30 PM ET
  • KET: Wednesday, October 19 at 12:00 AM ET
  • KETKY: Friday, October 21 at 7:30 AM ET
  • KETKY: Sunday, December 11 at 11:00 PM ET
  • KETKY: Tuesday, December 13 at 12:30 PM ET
  • KETKY: Tuesday, December 13 at 2:30 PM ET
  • KET: Wednesday, December 14 at 12:00 AM ET
  • KETKY: Thursday, December 15 at 8:30 PM ET
  • KETKY: Friday, December 16 at 7:30 AM ET
  • KETKY: Sunday, December 18 at 7:30 AM ET

Bluegrass and Backroads will also air nation-wide on RFD-TV. You have have that channel, my episode, Season 13 Ep 5, will air October 19th, at 5:30 PM ET.

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I hope you enjoy the little glimpse into what my day to day life in my studio looks like. I love making these little creations and I LOVE being able to share them and my process with you! Thank you for helping me realize that piddlers and artists are many times one and the same!

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The Devil Made Us Do It

I’d like to personally invite you to attend the opening reception of, The Devil Made Us Do It, Depictions of Satan in Kentucky Folk Art. Curated by the Kentucky Folk Art Center, this exhibit examines how the character of the devil has been portrayed by generations of self-taught artists from Kentucky. My own carefully made piece, “The Root of All”, will be included in the exhibition. I encourage you to come look at the piece for yourself. Photos really do not capture the detail of my imaginings of Satan.

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The opening reception will be on Thursday, September 29th from 5:30-7:30 P.M. If you can’t attend the reception, “The Devil Made Us Do It”,  will be up through Monday, November 28, 2016. For more information, visit the Event page on Facebook,  or call the Kentucky Folk Art Center at 606.783.2204.

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Sampling Hot Sorghum…(the Importance of Festivals in eastern Kentucky)

It is festival season in eastern Kentucky. Around this time of year you can visit the Apple Festival, the Honey Festival, the Chicken Festival, the Swift Silver Mine Festival, Wool Festival and even the Woolly Worm Festival. It seems that most tiny eastern Kentucky towns have some reason to celebrate this time of year.

In Morgan County, where I currently live, we host the Sorghum Festival. If you’re not familiar with sorghum, it’s a sticky sweet substance similar to molasses. Folks from this region have lots of different ways to use it. My husband, who grew up in West Liberty, uses it as his primary sweetener. When I’m spooning tablespoons of honey into my oatmeal, he’s adding a dollop of sorghum. It is also delicious in cookies, barbecue sauce, chili and even craft beer! In fact, Vogue Magazine, just named Sorghum the new quinoa in the Aug. 2016 issue.

My favorite part of our local sorghum festival is, you guessed it, the sorghum.

Danny Townsend, a local sorghum grower, demonstrates all weekend the making of sorghum the old fashioned way. And that way involves a mule-driven mill that grinds the sweet cane into a syrup. That syrup is then transferred to vats and boiled down into a bubbling, thick, rich substance that pairs best with a homemade cathead biscuit.

All weekend long, while I demonstrate painting, stuffing or just chat with visitors to the sorghum festival, I see folks walk by with cut cane stalk, dipping it into a styrofoam cup with a sampling of fresh-made sorghum. That image makes me smile! Oftentimes, those folks might be dressed in bib overalls with a red bandana sticking out the pocket. When I visited my first Sorghum Festival with my husband, I couldn’t help but notice all the people in bibs! Apparently, this is part of the Sorghum tradition as well–old fashioned dress, little girls in braids, even the Sorghum queen (crowned during the Friday night football game), wears an old time prairie dress. This is a charming tradition, one that I hope carries on well into the future.

Under the tent, you’ll find entrepreneurs of all sorts, professional artists and home crafters alike. Small festivals in eastern Kentucky are a necessity. In areas where the economy is struggling, festival season allows folks to earn extra income for the year. In West Liberty, it is especially critical since the tornado of 2012 destroyed most of our retail shopping establishments. This event allows Morgan Countians and others to shop in county, to shop with our neighbors and support their efforts. Festivals also allow burgeoning artists the opportunity to put their work in front of the people, to really see if entrepreneurship is something they would like to seriously undertake. It is the first step for many artists before investing in and branching out to other, more well-known art fairs.

It was my first step in the public art sales arena. And I am thankful to have been allowed to take that first step in what has become an art career.

So, this weekend, I’ll have my dolls and homemade ornaments set up at my hometown festival. I won’t be wearing bibs, but I will be supporting my community with my art and with my dollars as I shop and eat local this weekend! And I’ll be smiling at all you little ones in your bibs, sampling hot sorghum and partaking in old traditions and maybe making some new ones.

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(To find me under the Big Top on Main Street, look for city Hall and follow the sidewalk down to Helton’s Tax Service. I’ll be in that area, next to good friend and one of my favorite artists, Pam Oldfield Meade.)

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