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‘Bello Morte’ art exhibit examines the dark side
This young lady was having her hair sprayed blue before also getting a butterfly tattoo painted on her cheek.

By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

In conjunction with the Halloween season, “Bello Morte,” an art exhibit featuring the macabre, is currently on display at the Mountain Arts Center, in Prestonsburg. The exhibit features the works of members of the regional art group Kentucky Art Tribe, founded by local artist Donna Williams. The art group has nearly 300 members throughout southeast Kentucky. The exhibit will remain on display through October 31. To learn more about the Kentucky Art Tribe, a non-profit linking rural Kentucky artists with opportunities in the arts, email Donna Williams at You may also find Kentucky Art Tribe on Facebook.

And a fine time was had by all!
The Queen of Hearts (Nancy Price) and Alice (Christina Lauterwasser ) oversee a lively game of croquet.

An “Alice in Wonderland” themed event was held Friday afternoon at the historic Stafford House. Those attending were treated to a tea party, a game of croquet, a card game, a painting activity, and were told the story of how the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” came to be. The event was sponsored by the Johnson County UK Extension Office and the Rt. 23 Cultural Heritage Network. To schedule a tea party, or a tour of the Stafford House, call Brenda Cockerham at 789-8108.

PES faculty ‘Kiss the Pig’ for Cystic Fibrosis

Paintsville Elementary Teacher, Bridgette McClure was voted by students to kiss the pig for cystic fibrosis awareness.

Say ‘cheese’! Area camera club growing

What makes a prize-winning photo? How do you reduce glare? How best to capture a misty morning? These questions, and more, are likely to be heard at a meeting of the The Eastern Kentucky Camera Club. The club meets every second Thursday of each month, at 6 p.m., in the Paintsville Recreation Center to discuss and critique the work of club members. Members critique photos based on seven basic factors: focus, clear subject in the photograph, composition, lighting and exposure, color, what makes the photograph different or special, and emotion and mood. The cost to join the club is $20 for a single membership or $25 for a couple for a yearly membership. The club has members from as far away as Hazard and the Ashland area. You can view photos of members of the club on or you can also visit Eastern Kentucky Camera Club on Facebook. The next meeting will be held on November 13 at 6 p.m.

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