By John Maruskin
The Bluegrass Drawing Society has a show in the Clark County Public Library’s Rose Mary Codell Brooks Community Room that will be on display throughout March during regular library hours when the room is not in use.
The next time you come by, make a point to stop and see the show. It is so good, in fact, that you should make it a point to come by the library just to see the show.
There’s a variety of styles and mediums on display in this show. Karen Steed shows marvelous skill rendering life-like pictures of people, animals, and vegetables with graphite. There’s a wonderful picture of a duck decoy humorously titled “Great Pretender.”
Bill Berryman creates a palpable feeling of cold in his picture, “Winter’s End,” and there is a romantic narrative quality to his drawing called “At the end of the lane.”
Denise Knoebel presents a swell series of gloriously jubilant and colorful dancing tables and chairs, done with Sharpie laundry markers (talk about being creative with common objects) and watercolors.
Christopher Newman uses digital sketch and oil painting techniques to create photo-realistic images of the Clark County Courthouse and a barn. He also has an homage to Johnny Cash that all the Man in Black’s fans will admire.
This Friday, March 15, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., you can meet the members of the Bluegrass Drawing Society at a reception in the Library Community Room. Come in, view the work, enjoy some light refreshments and talk to the artists. A great way to enjoy an early spring afternoon.
Wednesday, March 13, at 10 a.m., Clark County Community Education will be presenting a program about free and low-cost sports for children. Representatives from Clark County Public Schools, Parks and Recreation, the YMCA and Civitan will discuss sports children can participate in free or at low cost. This meeting is free and open to the public. It meets budget class requirements for Clark County Community Services. No registration is necessary. If you have questions, please call 744-5034.
Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. and evening at 6:30 p.m., the Library’s Kentucky Picture Show series continues its presentation of new, first rate movies. This week’s film, directed by Wes Anderson, was one of the top comedies of 2012. It features an all-star ensemble cast including Bruce Willis (who is a marvelous comic actor when he’s not portraying a killing machine), Bill Murray and Frances McDormand. The story concerns a young boy and girl who fall in love and run away together. Their town mobilizes to search for them and is turned upside down — which is not such a bad thing. Need the title? Call the library; choose phone option 4 for the movie hotline.
On Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. till noon, Hallelujah! With only five days until the vernal equinox, it’s tomato starting time. Library Director Julie Maruskin will be offering her fantastic heirloom tomato-starting workshop in the library’s Community Room. If you like to garden, and especially if you like to raise tomatoes, you must attend this meeting, not only to get a free tomato start and packs of heirloom tomato seeds, but also just to meet up with other local and regional gardening aficionados. This is the annual start to the gardening season. Come by to have fun and pitch the bull with your gardening friends. Gardeners can cultivate stories as well as plants.
Whether you’re interested in fine arts or artisan tomatoes, the library is the place to grow your interests.