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.

 

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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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Witches among us.

I am watching Salem on Netflix while working on art. The show is very inspiring and filled with such imagery. This is the perfect time of year to begin the series.

I have noticed though that some of my sculpts are beginning to be affected.

 

I hope it is of my own doing.

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Is it wrong that I will put this girl in the oven to bake? To dry her of course! And at a low temp.

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And so this happened…

Earlier this year when I attended Kentucky Crafted: The Market, two kind gentlemen introduced themselves to me and asked me to talk about my art a little bit. Over the years, I have become comfortable engaging the folks who come into my booth and I am actually delighted to talk about my love of making my work. For a person who works from home, it can be quite fun to have people peek into your little world.

As it turns out, these fellows, Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton produce a show which airs on KET (Kentucky Educational Network), locally, and RFD-TV, nationally. It is called Bluegrass and Backroads. When Bob and Matt asked if I would be interested in having them come to my studio to film a segment, I shuddered on the inside. While flattered by the offer, on-camera interviews terrify me. Something just happens when fancy lights come on and red buttons flash. It’s not a good look for me, my mind goes blank. I asked if I could think about it. I knew it would be so stupid to turn them down but the thought of doing it made me die a little on the inside. They took my information and a business card. As soon as they left the booth, my husband looked at me like I was crazy, then said, “You have to do it. You know you have to do it.” Always the voice of reason, (and…I knew I had to do it), I chased Bob & Matt down, gave them the thumbs up, told them I was in and tried to choke down the nerves.

Last Thursday, Bob and Matt came to my home studio to interview me and watch me work on my art. Of course, as soon as the lights came on, I got really nervous. The kind of nervous that makes your voice shaky and crack a little. The kind of nervous that makes you forget all about the things you should have said or the cool things you could have told. But after talking to them a while, things evened out & I think they got a good interview. PLUS, they’ll edit it all down to about six of my best minutes. I think I did six good minutes at least! And thankfully, Matt took pictures throughout the day. I’m happy to have them to document this occasion! And I’m happy I chased them down and said yes!

Sometimes you have to do things outside of your comfort zone.

And so, the day before Bluegrass & Backroads showed up in West Liberty to film, I erased the Prince quote from my porch chalkboard and changed it to this. For Me. For you if you need it.

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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud, was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anais Nin

Pics from the filming! Thanks so much to Matt Hilton for taking these.

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Bluegrass & Backroads, presented by Kentucky Farm Bureau, will air in the fall. Check back for an announcement for the specific air date.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market — My latest work.

These are some of the newest pieces I’ve created for Kentucky Crafted: The Market. I’m so happy with how they turned out! Visit me in Booth 256 to see these works in person.

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For more information about Kentucky Crafted: The Market, this weekend in Lexington, Ky, please visit this page.