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Drawn to water: Beshoar painting Frankfort’s pristine waterways

Betty Beshoar considers herself to be a private artist and would much prefer being tucked deep in the Peaks Mill woods near Elkhorn Creek to sitting out in the open near a trailhead at Lower Cove Spring Park where we caught up with her one particularly humid day toward the end of summer. “This is outside my comfort zone,” she explained, in between greeting afternoon hikers and curious late-lunchers who wandered over to check out the painting taped to her easel. A self-taught landscape artist, Beshoar has always been drawn to water. At first, it was the Kentucky River,...

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Animal lover brings pop of color to downtown Frankfort

It’s no secret that local artist Jacqueline Keough is an animal lover. Her West Main Street studio bears the name White Cat, after Lola — her feline companion on most days. Lola, who travels back and forth with Keough, is both the studio namesake and mascot. “She likes to ride in the car,” she said. “This is her safe place from the other dogs and cats. It’s her domain.” The walls of the space are lined with brightly painted pet portraits in unexpectedly vivid colors one doesn’t normally associate with animals, but that seems to capture each animal’s character...

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Woodwork worth a thousand words

Andy Faris is a man of few words. Which suits him just fine — his woodworking mastery and craftsmanship speak volumes. In the spring, one of his creations — a 94-inch by 40-inch oak cutout of the state complete with the City of Frankfort and logo — was installed behind the front reception desk at City Hall. In fact, the 53-year-old, who has worked in the maintenance department for the city for the last 20 years and currently serves as building maintenance foreman, hung the piece himself with a couple hands of help from a few Frankfort firefighters next...

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Pinball wizards

Tucked away on a dead-end street in Indian Hills, the Lucios’ home holds a basement secret. Down a flight of carpeted stairs and around a tight corner sits a home arcade featuring several classic pinball machines complete with flashing lights and sound effects. Amid the attention-getting catcalls from the games, Tony Lucio tells the story of how repairing and playing pinball together has brought his family closer. It all began at an open house in Northern Kentucky that the Lucios — Tony, his wife, Anna, and daughters Bethany, 14, and Beverly, 11 — attended a few years back. After...

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Get outdoors this summer with Frankfort Parks, Rec and Historic Sites

Searching for something to keep the kids entertained over summer break? The Frankfort Parks, Rec and Historic Sites offers a variety of activities for children of all ages to enjoy — including two brand new programs Art in the Parks and Environmental Adventures in the Park, which is geared specifically for grade school-age students. In partnership with Josephine Sculpture Park, local families are invited to participate in the once-a-month program, which will meet on the first Sunday of each month through August and alternate parks and feature an art project that kids can make and take home. After brainstorming...

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