to discuss Harlan Hubbard
Wallis to speak; Canida to show original oils
BEDFORD, Ky. (February 2006) As part of its
growing cultural programming for the region, the Trimble County Arts
Council will present an evening of celebration for the countys
most notable author and artist, the late Harlan Hubbard.
To do so, the council has invited nationally known novelist,
poet and essayist Wendell Berry, 71, of neighboring Henry County to
speak on the Hubbard legacy during a one-hour program Feb. 11 at the
library in downtown Bedford, Ky. The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. to
6 p.m., however an exhibit of a dozen or so original Hubbard oil paintings
will be on display at the library all day. The collection is owned by
Madison, Ind., dentist Dr. Robert Canida and his wife, Charlotte. He
will be available to discuss the paintings and his collection.
At the evening event, Berry will be joined by author Don Wallis of Yellow
Springs, Ohio. Wallis owns the Vevay, Ind., weekly newspaper. Both men
have written extensively on Hubbard.
We wanted to kick off the new year with a bang, and we are delighted
to have Mr. Berry and Mr. Wallis join us for an evening in Trimble County,
said Vickie Eldridge, the Arts Councils president. She expects
a large crowd of nearly 80 people to attend.
A University of Kentucky graduate with bachelors and masters
degrees in English, Berry has written more than 50 books of poetry,
essays and novels and has taught creative writing at UK. His 1990 book,
Harlan Hubbard: Life and Works, explores Hubbard as an artist
and includes many photos of Hubbards paintings, some of which
can be viewed locally in the Ohio Valley.
Photo by Don Ward
Canida of Madison with his Hubbard painting titled Fleetwood.
He has taught at Georgetown College, Stanford University,
New York University before spending a year in Europe. Upon returning
to Kentucky, he taught for a time at UK and most recently has been teaching
Shakespeare to high school students in Louisville. He and his wife,
Tanya, have lived on their Port Royal farm since 1964 and raise sheep
and keep a garden using horse-drawn plows. Berry writes during the day
with a pen or pencil and Tanya transcribes it with a Royal manual typewriter.
Wallis, whose family owns and operates the Madison Courier in Madison,
Ind., wrote the 1989 book, Oyo: An Ohio River Anthology
and also edited the 1994 Shantyboat Journal, a collection
of Hubbards writings. Wallis also has contributed an afterward
in the latest editions of Hubbards Payne Hollow: Life on
the Fringe of Society.
The 6-year-old Trimble County Arts Council meets quarterly at 7 p.m.
at the Trimble County Public Library and invites visitors to join the
group. Annual membership dues are $20. Future meeting dates are set
for April 10, Sept. 11 and Oct. 9. (The July meeting has been moved
Several additional events are being planned this year.
On March 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Paul Hassfurder of Madison
has been invited to present a slide show program on Payne Hollow, which
he inherited from Harlan Hubbard upon his death in 1988. This free but
tentative event will take place at the library.
The councils second annual Historical Photography Exhibition
is scheduled to hang at the library during the month of March. A reception
is set for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 11. Photos must have been taken prior
to 1980. The show is open to anyone in Trimble County and surrounding
counties in Kentucky and Indiana, but only four entries total per person
are allowed. Entries should be matted and framed up to 16x20 in size.
The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. on Feb. 24.
For an application, call Penny Pennybaker at (502) 268-5033.
The councils annual High School Art Show for Trimble
County art students is scheduled for April with an reception from 2
p.m. to 3 p.m. April 23. The categories include three-dimensional, two-dimensional
and paintings (oils, watercolor, acrylic). The show is judged, with
winners receiving cash awards.
The councils seventh annual Adult Art Showcase is
scheduled to open May 20 with a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the
library. This years theme is Art and All that Jazz.
This is a judged event.
The councils annual Photography Exhibit is scheduled for
October, with more details to be finalized later.
For more information about the Trimble
County Arts Council or its events, contact president Vickie Eldridge
at (502) 732-0345, Penny Pennybaker at (502) 268-5033 or the library
at (502) 255-7362. For more information on Harlan Hubbard, visit the
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