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Carroll Co. Library Art Showcase

Carroll Co. library
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5th Annual May Art Showcase on tap

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

(May 2002) CARROLLTON, Ky. – The May Art Showcase kicks off a wide variety of cultural experiences at the Carroll County Public Library from May 1-31. This is the fifth year for this showcase, said library director Jarrett Boyd.
The works of local artists represent various mediums – painting, sculpture, jewelry and three-dimensional art. A reception is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, to formally introduce the artists to the public. Carla Van Hoose will provide musical entertainment.
“I began singing as a child. When I was in first grade, I sang all the way home from school,” Van Hoose said.

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Wanting to perform in the Carrollton area, she contacted Boyd about performing at the reception. Van Hoose has family ties to Carrollton.
Van Hoose described her music as “Americana. That is a mix of traditional, folk, blues, bluegrass and a little rock-n-roll to spice things up.”
“Old Times and Memories,” her first CD, is currently receiving play on National Public Radio. Released in 2001, it was recorded in Louisville at Melody Hill Studio.
Each song on the CD tells the story of an unforgettable character or human relationship. “I like to play music that tells stories about characters and music that makes people ‘remember when’ or connect to the feeling in the song,” she said.
The library has scheduled several other upcoming events. On May 8, the “Wednesdays at One” series continues with a performance by Wild Carrott. This group includes Pamela Temple and Spencer Funk.
A Kentucky Humanities Council Program will be presented at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 13. A. Gwynn Henderson will be speaking on “The First Kentuckians: Prehistoric Indians.” Henderson has been a staff archeologist and education coordinator for the Kentucky archeological survey since 1995. The Kentucky Heritage Council and the University of Kentucky’s department of anthropology jointly administer the Kentucky archeological survey.
She said she decided at age 13 to become an archaeologist after reading a story about Pompeii in a book her parents gave her. Henderson has worked on archeological projects in Mexico, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and West Virginia.
Since the mid-1980s, Henderson said her research has focused on the prehistoric farming peoples of central and northeastern Kentucky. Henderson said this talk is a compilation of many years experience in studying prehistoric Kentucky life ways and people. She pointed out that
Indians grew corn and other crops, lived in villages and buried their dead in cemeteries, similar to the white settler’s way of life.
Henderson’s talk dispels the myth that Indians weren’t permanent residents of Kentucky before the settlers came. “Indigenous people lived here for 12,000 years,” Henderson said.
In 1992, Henderson published a book, “Kentuckians Before Boone,” which is routinely used in Kentucky fourth-grade classrooms. A permanent exhibit based on this book is on display at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salato Environmental Education Center in Frankfort.

• For more information on these events, call the library at (502) 732-7020.

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