“The Former Students of Father Randall Art Exhibit”, hosted by the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library, is drawing rave reviews from all observers.
“I didn’t know we had so many talented artist here in Letcher County,” said Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft. “Who would have thought that our little town of Whitesburg would have become the cultural center of eastern Kentucky?”
More than 70 paintings are now on exhibit with very diverse subject matter ranging from landscapes and seascapes to portraits, still life and historic scenes. The mediums include oil, acrylic, watercolor and pencil drawings. All of the artists speak fondly of their memories of Father Edward Randall, who gave free art lessons at St. George Catholic Church in Jenkins for more than 25 years. Not only were the budding artists able to fill a void in their lives by learning to express themselves artistically, but they also built lasting friendships with Father Randall and classmates.
On Friday, April 24, the library staff and the Friends of Letcher County, who organized the event, will have a reception and reunion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artists, observe this remarkable collection of art and enjoy refreshments. Feel free to come early and stay late.
Lina Tidal, director of Letcher County Libraries, has graciously extended the event to April 30, because to its popularity. Friends of Letcher County is a group consisting of Doris Adams, Bessie Shepherd, Ked Sanders and numerous volunteers who are devoted to promoting worthy events to make Letcher County a better place to live.
The group recently organized the Festival of Quilts and is actively promoting the Heritage Quilt Project. On May 9 the group will partner with the Letcher County Relay for Life Committee and produce the Spring Fling at River Park in Whitesburg. The event will feature live music, arts and crafts, novelties, various forms of entertainment for the kids, and food booths. All profits will benefit the American Cancer Society.