Saturday, September 22, 2012

DIANA a Celebration, EXHIBIT AT THE FRAZIER MUSEUM

"DIANA: A CELEBRATION"

An exhibit showcasing the life of Diana Princess of Wales just opened at the Frazier History Museum.  Over 7,500 square feet of displays in nine galleries will house the exhibit and feature family jewels, personal mementos, paintings, rare home movies and of course some of the fabulous designer dresses she wore and her famous royal  wedding gown. The exhibit is on permanent display every summer at Diana's ancestral home,  the Spencer family's Althorp Estate in England.

Two diamond tiaras and Diana's family jewels will also be on display. Curator, Graeme Murton, said "They are exceptional. I've never seen diamonds like them." He and Nick Grossmark have been traveling around the world with the exhibit for more than decade. They are the only people allowed to handle the wedding dress and its lavish 25 foot train. They wear white gloves to protect the material from the acidity in their hands.

This very special exhibit is open through January 13 the Frazier History Museum, located at 829 West Main Street in Louisville. For more information on this exhibit and the rest of the permanent collection at the museum go to www.fraziermuseum.org or call 502-753-5663.d

Thursday, September 6, 2012

KENTUCKY FOLK ARTISTS

COLLECTING KENTUCKY FOLK ART
 
There are many Kentucky folk artists scattered around the state. Generally they are located in pretty remote areas. But you can also find their creations at exhibits and in galleries in the state and nationally. Morehead University has a great gallery showcasing different artists and also a permanent collection on display. Another great spot is the Kentucky Artist Center near Berea Kentucky. Here you can see and purchase any kind of craft produced in Kentucky.

I especially have fallen in love with the work of a husband and wife team from London Kentucky. Lonnie and Twyla Money create the most whimsical of critters, with fanciful shapes and bright color combinations. Lonnie carves the animals and Twyla paints them. Recently I purchased some new additions to my collection. The calico cat looks like our inn cat Baby, right down to the chipmunk in her mouth! The purple turtle is a guest favorite and sits on the buffet watching the cookies. To take a look at more of their work you can check out this website:
www.moneysfolkart.com