Saturday, March 12, 2011


Kentucky Folklore Program Director Bob Gates from the Kentucky Arts Council has invited me to do a presentation and book signing on the Food Stage at the 29th Kentucky Crafted, The Market in Louisville. I will be doing the presentation at 2:00 p.m. Sat. March 19th. This is such an honor for me! Stop by, as I will be preparing actress Reese Witherspoon’s favorite recipe.

I am doing a couple of blogs on contributors to the Kentucky cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities,” who are also participating in The Market.

One of the contributors is artist Gary Bertram from Georgetown, KY. He will be at Booth 410 at the Kentucky Crated Market. He is such an incredibly talented artist.

Drawing has been one of Gary’s passions since he was a child, but he didn’t become a professional artist until later in life. He has spent the past twenty nine years working as either a teacher, a minister of music, or an associate pastor. However, during his college years, he started doing portraits of people, and for the last twenty years has been doing them on commission. Then in 2001, Gary became interested in wildlife portraiture, and in short order began exhibiting in some of the most elite wildlife art shows in the country, including the Safari Club International and the Southern Wildlife Festival, where in 2006 he won the coveted "People’s Choice Award." Gary has won numerous first place awards, including "Best of Show" and "Best of Professional" in many of the regional art shows.

Gary has also produced equine art of such high quality that it is registered with the Saddlebred Museum at the prestigious Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, as well as with the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, Kentucky. In 2010, the Kentucky Arts Council nominated Gary to the Southern Artistry Organization. These artists are nominated based on the quality of their work by their state arts agencies, and is designed to spotlight the talent of the South's most acclaimed artists. Gary is also an associate member of the "Oil Painters of America.”

When coming to Kentucky
Crafted Market be sure to
stop by Gary’s Booth 410
and my Booth 714 as well.

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