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See the future through an African-American lens: The art of Aton on display at Grand Gallery

Though mostly known for his metropolitan murals, Woodford County native Ayé A. Aton also painted hundreds of smaller pieces, some of which are on display in the Grand Gallery, located in the Grand Theatre, through the end of March. Born Robert Underwood in 1940, Aton briefly studied at Kentucky State University before heading to Chicago where he became part of the Afrofuturism movement, a reimagining of a future filled with arts, science and technology seen through an African-American lens. “Thanks to the recent ‘Black Panther’ movie there has been a resurgence of interest in Afrofuturism and this exhibition provides...

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‘Beautiful bodies’: New dance troupe to present powerful Valentine’s Day ballet

This Valentine’s Day treat your sweetheart to a force to be reckoned with. A little bit provocative, but quite powerful, the newly-formed Gale Force Dance — Frankfort’s first ever professional dance troupe — will present two performances of “Beautiful Bodies.” The 10 female and one male dancers, ranging in age from their early 20s to 60-ish, will perform a wide variety of dances to familiar love songs, in a show that is certain to entertain both seasons and novice dance lovers. “We’re aiming to create a show that is easy and pleasant to watch. Something everyone can completely understand,” said...

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Periwinkle Interiors is one-of-a-kind shop

One glance around Periwinkle Interiors on West Broadway and it becomes blatantly obvious — this is like no other shop in town, which is just the way designer and owner Terri Bennett wants it. Most every item in the store, which opened in mid-October in the building which formerly housed the Irish Sea Celtic Shop, has a story behind it. “I try to get things people can’t find,” said Bennett, whose Danish and mid-century modern style is distinctive. “I look for pieces with a unique or well-designed aesthetic to it.” On her way to show off wooden screens made...

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Bob McWilliams always finds time to fulfill passion for painting

Bob McWilliams still remembers the feeling he experienced after his first-grade teacher complimented his drawing of a bird nesting in a tree. It is one of the many reasons why he has always been drawn to art. No matter how busy his life became with a full-time job in state government, wife and children, McWilliams carved out time for his passion. “When the kids were little, I would paint on the kitchen table after they went to bed,” he recalled, adding that he eventually ended up painting amid the family’s Christmas decorations in a room above the garage. “My...

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Investing in Frankfort: Mike Davenport is city’s biggest cheerleader

Mike Davenport may be the capital city’s biggest cheerleader. Driving around Franklin County, it’s difficult to find a project that Davenport hasn’t had a hand in. Whether building residential developments, office condominiums, an industrial building or professional office park, the self-made Frankfort man has repeatedly said “yes” when it comes to the betterment of the city. In 1993, when Frankfort Regional Medical Center came calling to ask him to develop land near the hospital for doctors and professionals to live, Davenport said “yes” and subdivisions sprung up. When asked by county leaders to construct a road linking the hospital...

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