RABBIT HASH RESURRECTION
he Rabbit Hash General Store has risen literally from the ashes and reopened for business on April 1. After a massive fire destroyed the property on Feb. 13, 2016, the 185-year-old store was rebuilt with the help of the community and corporate partners. The new building sits in the same spot as the previous structure, and some salvaged flooring, shelving and doors were incorporated in the rebuild. Although the iconic sign on the roof proclaims that the business offers tobacco, sundries, potions and notions—which it does—the old-time general store also has groceries and supplies. It carries antiques and Kentucky-made items, such as pottery, brooms and soaps as well. Rabbit Hash has become a tourist destination and usually features live music on the weekends, either inside the store or in the nearby barn. Located in rural Boone County on the banks of the Ohio River, the tiny town of Rabbit Hash also claims as its mayor a dog, a pit bull named Brynneth Pawltro.
SPOTLIGHT ON PATER
Private Collection, © Andre Pater
enowned Lexington artist Andre Pater and 45 of his iconic works will be at the center of an exhibit, Andre Pater: In a Sporting Light, at the National Sporting Library and Museum through Aug. 13. The museum is located in Middlesburg, Virginia, just south of Washington, D.C. “Light is movement,” said Pater, who remains passionate about his work after more than three decades as an artist. “I love what I do. It’s my enthusiasm that brings light to my paintings.” The retrospective of Pater’s sporting art, plus accompanying exhibition catalog with essays by Lorian Peralta-Ramos and the NSLM’s Claudia Pfeiffer, highlights his mastery of the use of light and understanding of animal anatomy, behavior and motion. The included works represent subjects Pater has explored throughout his career: jockeys in brightly colored silks, splashy racing starts, tranquil paddocks, foxhunters meeting in a beautiful landscape, and hounds with expressive eyes. Pater celebrated his Polish heritage in early works, infusing his historic and Arabian-horse compositions with light and motion. He originally was an architect; drawing and painting equine subjects began as an avocation. He was fascinated by horses and showed talent at an early age. Pater’s focus, style and subject matter evolved when he came to the U.S. in 1981. By 1984, he had dedicated himself to painting full time, and in 1988, settled in Kentucky, the heart of the United States Thoroughbred industry and home of the Iroquois Hunt. “Andre Pater has surged to the head of the pack among today’s contemporary sporting painters. He not only is an unrivaled master, he has the reputation and following to prove it,” notes PeraltaRamos, who is working on the soonto-be-published book, Andre Pater: A Matter of Light. Pater’s compositions often are compared with those of 20th-century British sporting artist Sir Alfred Munnings, who, like Pater, was a gifted draftsman and equally adept at landscape, figurative and animal compositional elements. While stylistic comparisons are inevitable, Pater brings his unique and fresh perspective to the art. His refinement in pastels, in addition to oil, has solidified his rightful place as an Slumber, 2008, oil on board, 12 x 14 inches eminent sporting artist. 6
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B I R T H DAYS 1 Bobbie Ann Mason (1940), Mayfield-born writer best known for her 1985 novel In Country 1 Farah Fath (1984), actress who appeared on the soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1999 to 2007 1 Steve Cauthen (1960), the youngest jockey to win the Triple Crown, in 1978 aboard Affirmed 4 Butch Beard (1947), former professional basketball player and coach from Hardinsburg 6 George Clooney (1961), Academy Award-winning actor, screenwriter, producer and director from Augusta 6 Stephen Gaghan (1965), Louisvilleborn Emmy- and Academy Awardwinning screenwriter 9 Brandon Tyler Webb (1979), Ashland-born winner of the 2006 National League Cy Young Award who retired from Major League Homer T. Smith Baseball in 2013 9 Elmore Smith (1949), former professional basketball player who played for Kentucky State University 10 Homer T. Smith (1927), character, veteran, national treasure and charter subscriber to Kentucky Monthly magazine. 14 Robbie Moriarty (1957), noted jewelry artist based in Louisville 16 Bob Edwards (1947), retired host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition 23 Melissa McBride (1965), Lexington actress best known as Carol on AMC’s The Walking Dead 24 Don Brumfield (1938), Hall of Fame jockey from Nicholasville with more than 4,500 wins, including the 1966 Kentucky Derby 25 Molly Sims (1975), Murray-raised model/actress 25 Tom T. Hall (1936), Olive Hill-born Country Music Hall of Fame singer and songwriter 25 Bill Gatton (1932) entrepreneur and philanthropist, namesake of Western Kentucky University’s Gatton Academy and the University of Kentucky’s Gatton School of Business 26 Paul Patton (1937), Bill Gatton 59th governor of Kentucky, serving from 1995 to 2003 30 Wynonna Judd (1964), Ashlandborn country music star with 14 No. 1 hits