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John Brooks Unknows Through Painting and Poetry
The newest addition to our studio visit series profiling the work of Kentucky artists, contributing writer Miranda Lash visits the studio of artist and poet John Brooks. He finds that the use of collage in his art practice allows for freedom from prior painterly constraints and also, like in his poetry, the creative use of white, empty space and ambiguity. New poems by Brooks are published for the first time in this piece. The studio visit series is supported through a generous grant by the Great Meadows Foundation.

Letters of Acceptance: One Chapter Closes, Another Opens
The Lexington-based duo is now a full-fledged rock 'n roll band. Contributing writer Brian Powers explores the music of LOA's stylistically diverse third EP, the first with a full band, and discusses the new direction with band members. The bonhomie between the members of LOA shines through on their newest recording.
The Spirit of Gurdjieff Lives on in Two Guitars
Guitarists Bert Lams of California Guitar Trio and Fabio Mittino bring their tour of shows in homes and small venues to Frankfort. Walter Tunis finds that the repertoire for the tour is the music brought to life by philosopher, spiritual teacher, and writer G.I. Gurdjieff. The duo believe that the repertoire presents an opportunity to play evocative music that appeals to many people whether or not they are familiar with the Gurdjieff's teachings.
Arts Tasting Menu
The latest edition of our selections of art and cultural delicacies finds some worthy museum shows in the region. A show at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville brings to light the work of a virtually unknown African-American artist of the 1930's from Louisville's West End. KMAC Museum in Louisville exhibits ceramics and works on paper by Picasso on loan from the Musée Picasso in Antibes, France, and shown for the first time outside of Europe. The work of highly influential African-American artist Romare Bearden, one of this country's preeminent collagists of the twentieth-century, is on exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum beginning in February.

The studio visit piece on John Brooks by Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum is the latest in the series of profiles of Kentucky artists and their work. Funding by the Great Meadows Foundation is supporting this series for several more years. We really look forward to continuing these in-depth pieces about Kentucky artists. For previous pieces go to the "Arts" section on our website's top menu.

Pencil in March 14th for the next installment of our mini-conference event, Critical Mass. CMIV will take place in Lexington and we will reveal the location and agenda as we firm up plans for this free event. Hope to see you there.

Now is a great time to pledge to support arts and cultural organizations with your patronage and dollars. And UnderMain appreciates every one of your eyeballs that land on our website, our Facebook page, and this newsletter. We will be working on upping our social media game in 2020. Help us out by letting others know about UnderMain. Folks can subscribe to our bi-weekly newsletter on our website. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and you can also donate your tax-free dollars in any amount on the website

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