You better now sing. You better now draw. You better now paint, and act, and all.
The Kentucky Arts Council is coming to town.
The state’s preeminent organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts is making its way to Somerset this week, and the community is ready to put its best foot forward.
“The Kentucky Arts Council meets four times a year and they like to travel to different places,” said Janice Turpen, a member of the council from right here in Somerset. “This is the first time they’ve ever been to Somerset.”
The visit has been a couple of years in the making. After being appointed to the council by Gov. Matt Bevin in late 2016, Turpen said she came in and “immediately said, ‘I want you all to Somerset and see how beautiful it is.'”
“Bill (Turpen, her husband) and I, we love showing off our town, our community, our home,” she added. “… When I applied for the board, one thing I really wanted to do was promote the arts in the Lake Cumberland region. I’ve always worked in the arts. When I taught in school, I taught art appreciation and music appreciation. I’ve worked with Lake Cumberland Performing Arts, on that board, and on the board of the Cornelia Dozier Cooper Endowment. I’ve always had a passion for the arts.”
The members of the council will be here Thursday, September 12, and Friday, September 13, and will take in a variety of performances and presentations by some of the community’s best and brightest artistic talents while here.
That includes a reception at Congressman Hal Rogers’ house at 5 p.m. Thursday, where operatic performer and McNeil Music Center instructor Amanda Balltrip will provide music along with youthful vocalists Madison Harmon and Chase Cimala, both of whom have already made a name for themselves at a young age performing at local opportunities. Meanwhile, Somerset High School drama instructor Heather Massey…