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Artists from across Kentucky and beyond come each summer to the Faubush Artist Residency, held the first week in August on the family farm of host artist Sue Burkett in western Pulaski County, to pursue their artistic talents, free from everyday distractions.

The artwork created by the latest participants in the residency program—including a former 2010 residency artist—is the newest exhibit on display at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

The exhibit, entitled “FOUR,” features original works of art from the 2011 Faubush Artist Residency by Somerset artists Sue Burkett and Cece Butcher, juried members of the Sheltowee Artisans; mixed media artists Megan Leong, Kansas City, Mo., and Shannon Maisel, of Allendale, Mich., and guest artist Darlene Hensley-Libbey, a painter and assistant professor of art at Somerset Community College, whose work on display was completed during the previous summer residency.

“We are excited to showcase their artwork at The Center and give the community an opportunity to see and appreciate their creative talents,” said Dianna Winstead, associate director of arts, culture, and events. “All of these women are talented artists and their work is truly unique and special.”

Burkett, a painter who works with mixed media, started the residency program four years ago to give Kentucky and non-Kentucky artists a place to explore their creativity in the visual arts.

“At the residency, artists are encouraged to interact with each other while developing their concepts and creating their work,” Burkett said. “The residency gives artists a secure place to take risks and pursue new projects.”

The public may view the exhibit free of charge through March 28 during normal business hours and extended evening and weekend hours when The Center, located at 2292 South U.S. 27 (at Traffic Light 15) in Somerset, is open for special events.

For more information about the exhibit, or to inquire about purchasing selected pieces in the exhibit, contact Dianna Winstead at 606-677-6000. For more information about the Faubush Artist Residency, contact Sue Burkett through her website at

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