Around Town: Late Danville artist profiled on KET

April 11, 2004|ANNABEL GIRARD

Rudy Ayoroa, an internationally known artist, who made Danville his home for more than 20 years, will be profiled on "Kentucky Life" this month.

Ayoroa, a native of Bolivia, died in October. The program can be seen at 8:30 p.m. April 24 and 4:30 p.m. April 25, both on KET1.

His works are in collections in a variety of museums including, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.; The Library of Congress; The Museum of Modern Art of Latin America in D.C.; Museum of Modern Art in Bogota, Columbia; National Museum of Fine Arts, La Paz, Bolivia. His works are also in private collections.

His later works reflected an interest in the Civil War. He did a series of 30 paintings, including one of the Battle of Perryville. A statue of Gen. George H. Thomas stands in Lebanon, Ky., where Thomas recruited troops.


In 1980, Ayoroa had a one-man show at Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts. That exhibit featured his kinetic art as well as paintings and prints. The notes for the exhibit said his art "combines the brilliant color imagery of the painter with the architect's sense of ordered form."

Pleasant Hill Craft Fair, Brass Band Festival are top summer events

Top summer events include the Pleasant Hill Craft Fair in August and The Great American Brass Band Festival in June.

The Top Ten events for each season are selected by "a panel of impartial judges" for the Kentucky Tourism Council.

Criteria for selection include popularity of the event, its impact on the local tourism economy as well as cultural and historical significance.

Repair Affair is on Saturday

Saturday is the date for this year's Repair Affair in Danville. That's when volunteers pitch in to help homeowners who are elderly or disabled and unable to do needed repairs or work on their houses.

If you can hammer, rake or assist in similar jobs and would like to volunteer, contact Trina McFarland at Centre College, 238-5479.

Ten houses will be worked on. Lunch will be provided for volunteers.

Streckers featured on KET

KET's "Mixed Media" that airs later this month will feature the Strecker family.

Chris Strecker is a functional potter who worked in Harrodsburg until she moved to Lexington last year. She has founded a group, Clay Artists, in Lexington.

Daughter Erika Strecker is a blacksmith and sculptor based in Lexington. She along with Tony Higdon have been selected to create a 40-foot tall sculpture to stand in front of the new Transportation Cabinet building in Frankfort.

Daughter Zoe Strecker works in a variety of media to construct sculptures. She and her husband, potter Mike Frasca, live in Mercer County.

The program can be seen at 8 p.m. April 20 on KET1 and at 6 p.m. April 24 on KET2.

Story about Danville in Kentucky Explorer

"Old Town Danville: The Cradle of Kentucky Prestige" is one of the stories in the April issue of The Kentucky Explorer, a magazine filled with articles about Kentucky's history and heritage.

The article about Danville was written by Homer Dye Jr. in 1919 and includes a picture of Main Street in the early 1900s.

Danville has many hats in the article including, "the seat of original Kentucky aristocracy." Dye writes about Centre College and its distinguished body of alumni and the city's role in the formation of the state.

"Danville has been associated with the distinctive brand of aggressive politics that long has characterized Kentucky." He notes that Centre has had more graduates in both houses of Congress than any college except Yale University.

He also notes that the dead from both the North and South are buried in Danville.

Despite all the comings and goings Dye described, he ended by saying "Danville is a quiet, thoughtful town."

Proud grandparents

Grandparents Dick and Gay McGuire can be proud of their 8-year-old grandson.

Sean Belisle led his ice hockey team to the championship of the Capital Amateur Hockey Association in Columbus, Ohio.

He led the league in scoring and was named to the league's All Star Team for the second consecutive year.

He is a third-grade honor student and the son of Don and Sharon McGuire Belisle of Grove City, Ohio.

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