Revisiting Payne Hollow

Authors to discuss Harlan Hubbard

Berry, Wallis to speak; Canida to show original oils

By Don Ward

BEDFORD, Ky. (February 2006) – As part of its growing cultural programming for the region, the Trimble County Arts Council will present an evening of celebration for the county’s most notable author and artist, the late Harlan Hubbard.

Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry

To do so, the council has invited nationally known novelist, poet and essayist Wendell Berry, 71, of neighboring Henry County to speak on the Hubbard legacy during a one-hour program Feb. 11 at the library in downtown Bedford, Ky. The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., however an exhibit of a dozen or so original Hubbard oil paintings will be on display at the library all day. The collection is owned by Madison, Ind., dentist Dr. Robert Canida and his wife, Charlotte. He will be available to discuss the paintings and his collection.
At the evening event, Berry will be joined by author Don Wallis of Yellow Springs, Ohio. Wallis owns the Vevay, Ind., weekly newspaper. Both men have written extensively on Hubbard.
“We wanted to kick off the new year with a bang, and we are delighted to have Mr. Berry and Mr. Wallis join us for an evening in Trimble County,” said Vickie Eldridge, the Arts Council’s president. She expects a large crowd of nearly 80 people to attend.
A University of Kentucky graduate with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, Berry has written more than 50 books of poetry, essays and novels and has taught creative writing at UK. His 1990 book, “Harlan Hubbard: Life and Works,” explores Hubbard as an artist and includes many photos of Hubbard’s paintings, some of which can be viewed locally in the Ohio Valley.

Robert Canida

File Photo by Don Ward

Robert Canida of Madison with his Hubbard painting titled “Fleetwood.”

He has taught at Georgetown College, Stanford University, New York University before spending a year in Europe. Upon returning to Kentucky, he taught for a time at UK and most recently has been teaching Shakespeare to high school students in Louisville. He and his wife, Tanya, have lived on their Port Royal farm since 1964 and raise sheep and keep a garden using horse-drawn plows. Berry writes during the day with a pen or pencil and Tanya transcribes it with a Royal manual typewriter.
Wallis, whose family owns and operates the Madison Courier in Madison, Ind., wrote the 1989 book, “Oyo: An Ohio River Anthology” and also edited the 1994 “Shantyboat Journal,” a collection of Hubbard’s writings. Wallis also has contributed an “afterward” in the latest editions of Hubbard’s “Payne Hollow: Life on the Fringe of Society.”
The 6-year-old Trimble County Arts Council meets quarterly at 7 p.m. at the Trimble County Public Library and invites visitors to join the group. Annual membership dues are $20. Future meeting dates are set for April 10, Sept. 11 and Oct. 9. (The July meeting has been moved to September).
Several additional events are being planned this year.
• On March 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Paul Hassfurder of Madison has been invited to present a slide show program on Payne Hollow, which he inherited from Harlan Hubbard upon his death in 1988. This free but tentative event will take place at the library.
• The council’s second annual Historical Photography Exhibition is scheduled to hang at the library during the month of March. A reception is set for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 11. Photos must have been taken prior to 1980. The show is open to anyone in Trimble County and surrounding counties in Kentucky and Indiana, but only four entries total per person are allowed. Entries should be matted and framed up to 16x20 in size. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. on Feb. 24.
For an application, call Penny Pennybaker at (502) 268-5033.
• The council’s annual High School Art Show for Trimble County art students is scheduled for April with an reception from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 23. The categories include three-dimensional, two-dimensional and paintings (oils, watercolor, acrylic). The show is judged, with winners receiving cash awards.
• The council’s seventh annual Adult Art Showcase is scheduled to open May 20 with a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the library. This year’s theme is “Art and All that Jazz.” This is a judged event.
• The council’s annual Photography Exhibit is scheduled for October, with more details to be finalized later.

• For more information about the Trimble County Arts Council or its events, contact president Vickie Eldridge at (502) 732-0345, Penny Pennybaker at (502) 268-5033 or the library at (502) 255-7362. For more information on Harlan Hubbard, visit the website: www.HarlanHubbard.com.

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