Spotlight on the Arts — April 2013

‘Aerial America’ TV series to include Kentucky Quilt Trail

Film crews and producers of the documentary series “Aerial America” for the Smithsonian Channel are scheduled to fly by helicopter across Kentucky for five days in late April or early May to document parts of the Kentucky Quilt Trail. The crew will capture the special patterned squares through exciting helicopter visuals.

The Kentucky Quilt Trail project features quilt squares painted on a wide variety of canvases, such as barns and floodwalls.
The Kentucky Quilt Trail project features quilt squares painted on a wide variety of canvases, such as barns and floodwalls.

It’s the largest aerial high-definition project ever undertaken in the United States, capturing the unique history, iconic landmarks and most beautiful natural features of each state.

Since its debut last year, the series has shown the volcanoes of Hawaii, the mansions of Rhode Island and the coastal highways of California. Ten new episodes this summer on Sunday nights at 8 are showcasing, among other spots, the Civil War landmarks of South Carolina; the origins of Boeing, Starbucks and Microsoft in Washington State; and the route of Henry Hudson’s expedition in New York. The Kentucky episode’s air date has not yet been announced.

Learn more about “Aerial America” at http://bit.ly/aslSJM.

The Quilt Trail project has taken deep root in Kentucky. The first square in Kentucky was painted and hung in Carter County by local volunteers with support from the Gateway Resource Conservation and Development Council. The project spread as a grassroots movement with each community introducing its own twist, painting quilt squares not only on barns, but also on floodwalls, craft shops and restaurants.

The Kentucky Arts Council’s a book, “Kentucky Quilt Trails: Views and Voices,” features stunning photographs of the quilt trail.

For more information, visit http://1.usa.gov/14ybqyX.

Sarabande Books wins the 2013 AWP Small Press Publisher Award

Louisville-based Sarabande Books has been named winner of the inaugural Small Press Publisher Award from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.

Sarah Gorham, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Sarabande
Sarah Gorham, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Sarabande

“This is a rare and much-needed prize and we’re very grateful that AWP has chosen to create it,” said Sarah Gorham, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Sarabande. “Books get lots of prizes. Editors get a few. But independent presses get even fewer than that. The honor is also a collective one. We all know an independent publisher is a tidy sum of many parts and many people.”

Sarabande Books was founded in 1994 to publish poetry, short fiction and essays, and to serve as an educational resource for readers, students, and teachers of creative writing. Its first titles appeared in 1996, and the press currently has more than 160 titles under contract or in print, many of them prize-winning.

AWP serves nearly 50,000 writers, 500 college and university creative writing programs, and 125 writers’ conferences and centers. Its new Small Press Publisher Award is an annual prize for nonprofit presses and literary journals that recognizes the important role such organizations play in publishing creative works and introducing new authors to the reading public.

Arts Events Around the State

Kentucky Writers’ Day
Capitol Rotunda, Frankfort
11 a.m. April 24
artscouncil.ky.gov
(502) 564-3757

How Small a Thing Can Be Pleasing Exhibit
The Living Arts and Science Center
April 19-May 25
lasclex.org
(859) 252-5222

Mounting Toward Zenith / Descending And Disappearing — A Matthew Ronay exhibit
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville
kentuckyarts.org
(502) 589-0102

The Music of the Who
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts | Whitney Hall, Louisville
8 p.m. April 27
kentuckycenter.org
(502) 562-0100

Stomp
SkyPac, Bowling Green
7:30 p.m. April 23-24
theskypac.com
(270) 904- 1880

Janice Miller demonstrates folk painting
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 27
kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov
(859) 985-5448

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