Grant funding from the Kentucky Arts Council will be used for a multi-day event showcasing five master artists from across multiple mediums in the performing arts, according to Johnson County Cooperative Extension Office Family Consumer Sciences Agent Brenda Cockerham.

According to Cockerham, the first event will take place on June 28 at the 404 Downtown Pavilion featuring master painter Robert Clark.

“He does breathtaking paintings of thoroughbred race horses,” says Cockerham. “He has a book out which is astoundingly impressive called ‘A Brush With Greatness.’”

The event will start at 9 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. and is open to the public, Cockerham said. At 4 p.m., a meet and greet with the artist will be held for those in attendance.

Cockerham also says the event will be hosting a mentor program with the master artist and the program will be limited to 10 local artists.

“We are so pleased to be able to bring five truly fantastic artists to Johnson County to work with our local artists as well as meet and greet the public. Thanks to a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council, we have been able to extend these artistic opportunities to our citizens at no charge to them,” said Cockerham.

Cockerham said, after being trained by master artists, our local artists will design artistic experiences for anyone and everyone to participate in. These experiences will be free to all those who are 55 and older.

“Our second opportunity on June 28, is for absolutely anyone who is interested in learning how to write a play,” says Cockerham. “Mitzi Sinnott comes to us with tremendous energy and vision as to how to take your ideas and turn them into plays- I believe she will also provide a session on protecting your intellectual property as well.”

Later this summer, the Johnson County Extension Office will be showcasing a master artist in textile and stained glass, with a master clay artist possible for the fall. Seating is limited, so those interested can call the Johnson County Extension Office for more information at, (606) 789-8108, or email Cockerham directly at, bcockerh@uky.edu.