New Artwork Donation

Thanks for these awesome new additions to the Carnegie, donated by Jeremy Scrimager, Kay Kay Stonecypher, Jared Rhodus and Emily D. “No Reason #1 and #2″


Support your local artists by coming in and seeing what’s going on. Ongoing exhibit is “Somerset Exposed” featuring local photographers.


Chicken & Grinnin’ at “Tunes at Noon”

The theme this month for “Tunes at Noon” is CHICKEN & GRINNIN’; however, there will be plenty of “picking & grinnin” during this month’s event. The Carnegie Community Arts Center and Somerset Burger King will sponsor a light lunch and live entertainment on Friday, September 26, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm in the Federal Room. The well-known Sorghum Sisters will perform a tribute to Bob Wills. The public is invited to attend for a cost of only $5.50.

The Sorghum Sisters have entertained crowds at the Carnegie several times in the past.

This duet consists of Mary Ann Callerman and Marlene Petersen, who have known each other for years and deliver a sweet harmony which fans compare to “sweet sorghum.” The “Sorghum Sisters” decided to take the name, the “Sorghum Sisters,” and have been singing together ever since.

Callerman is originally from Illinois and Petersen is from Montana. They met at the Newcomers Club in Somerset, and began singing together in 2005 at the old Pisgah Schoolhouse; they now perform at the Carnegie, as well as with the Lake Cumberland Jammers and Cumberland Productions.

The Sorghum Sisters have sung at Renfro Valley and have also been backup singers for many Nashville singers. Their genre is mostly Country.

Callerman has performed throughout the region with her Patsy Cline shows. She captures the essence of Cline’s mellow, soft voice, and tells the famous singer’s life story as she sings some of the favorite Cline songs.

Petersen sang for “The Sweet Adelines,” an Acapella group who travel throughout the United States, She has sung in Branson, Missouri, as well as many venues around the area. The Sorghum Sisters enjoy getting their audiences to participate in their performance.

The audience at Tunes at Noon will also enjoy a fresh lunch of tender Chicken & Biscuit, Macaroni Salad, Cookies, and Coffee & Lemonade. The food is always good and tasty, and just the right amount for lunch.

The Carnegie Community Arts Center is located at 107 N. Main Street in Somerset. Reservations are not required, but it is suggested to reserve group tables of six.

For more information or to reserve a table, call 606-677-0333.


Blues, BBQ & Arts Festival – Saturday, September 13

Somerset’s very first “Blues, BBQ & Arts Festival” will be held at the Judicial Center Plaza in downtown Somerset on Saturday, September 13, from 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

The Lake Cumberland Blues Society, in conjunction with the City of Somerset and the Carnegie Community Arts Center, will provide an exciting day of activities for children and adults. The Festival will be free to the public, with the Blues Bands starting at 2:00pm.

Shaun Murphy at Callahan'sMusic Hall - PhotoThe headliner for the Festival is award-winning Shaun Murphy of Nashville, Tennessee, voted as Best Female Blues Artist and Best Contemporary Blues Album of the Year (2013) by Bluesblast Music Awards. Murphy has performed and toured with Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, Bruce Hornsby, Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey, to name a few. She has also performed with The Moody Blues, and has made television appearances with Herbie Hancock and John Hiatt. She was also a member of the legendary band, “Little Feat,” for some 16 years.

Murphy was noticed by Motown Records early in her career, along with Meatloaf. She was known as “Stoney” at that time. The two were signed by Rare Earth Records, a division of Motown Records as “Stoney Meatloaf.” After the pair split, Murphy remained under contract for a period of time.

While living in Los Angeles, she began recording and touring with Eric Clapton. She also sang, recorded and toured with such notables as Michael Bolton, Coco Montoya, Alice Cooper, Maria Muldaur, as well as Bob Segar and The Moody Blues, described as a “blue-eyed soul singer,” She is credited for singing backup vocals for Bob Seger’s tour, which resulted in Seger’s live album “Nine Tonight.” Murphy will definitely make her mark in Somerset by giving meaning to “Singing the Blues.”

Lightnin Rod & the Thunderbolts - Color PhotoThe next outstanding group will be Lightnin’ Rod and the Thunderbolts. The band is headed up by Rod Wilson, local Award-winning Recording Artist and band leader. His band consists of Roy Edmiston, Drummer, Shannon Link on Bass, Joe Kleycamp on saxophone and, of course, “Lightnin’ Rod” on Guitar and Vocals. In addition, Bob Hopps will be joining the band and playing keyboards. Hopps played with the Fifth Dimension and The Association. He also participatged in music sessions for Capital Records, and toured with Merle Haggard and Vern Gosnin.

Wilson has received acclaim around the world, and won the Gold Artist and Grinde Awards for his music and vocals. He has had two Number 1 chart-toppers in two different musical genres. In 2004, his song, “Dreamful of Blues,” was Number 1 MP3 song in the General Blues category. This song was from his CD, “All-American Blues.”

His “Sugar and Spice” Music Video was used for the 2010 NME (First for Music News) Award Show.

Wilson has shared the stage with members of The Allman Brothers, Bob Segar, the Steve Miller Band, Cher, Stevie Nicks, Boz Scaggs, Steppenwolf, Chuck Berry, Robert Cray, Mitch Ryder and many others. In 2004, with the release of “All-American Blues,” radio stations around the world were playing Wilson’s music. After “All-American Blues” became popular, another release, “After the Storm” (2008) was picked up by radio stations in many countries and received great reviews and airplay. “After the Storm” was mastered by Robyn Robins, the former keyboard player with Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, who has over 60 Gold and Platinum albums to his credit.

Wilson has appeared on television and radio throughout the U. S., and has worked on projects for Van Morrison, U2, and the Bee Gees.

TERABLU is a London, Kentucky band that has been performing for many years on stages throughout the United States. Tera Seville has been singing a variety of music since the age of 7. At the young age of 14, she shared the stage in Kingsville, Texas with the legendary singer/songwriter and Grammy winner, Sammi Smith on Smith’s Number 1 hit, “Help Me Make It through the Night.” Tera spent several years in Nashville and entertained at The Nashville Palace and many other venues before moving to California.

Once in California, Tera made the rounds entertaining at piano bars, clubs and on stage with orchestras singing the “Old Standards” and “Big Band” music. She won 1st place in the Super Star Contest in Southern California.

This talented entertainer has appeared on TV and radio. She has performed in Denver, Colorado at “Top Blues” venues and major festivals. Known as “Sass with Class,” she delivers the Blues with her band, TERABLU, in a way that will delight the audience with her interaction with the musicians and other “Blues Lovers.” Shaking her hair and moving all over the stage, this talented singer will have you laughing and singing along with her.

Jimmy Seville is Tera’s husband and plays the guitar for TERABLU. He has an extreme knowledge of music and has been playing for over 20 years. He has an ability to “rock your inner soul” with Blues that will set the listeners on fire. His energy on stage is contagious, and his fans advise onlookers to “watch his fingers to see if you can follow them playing, as he is sure to give a performance that will blow your socks off.”

The TERABLU Band will be accompanied by Travis Bertram, an outstanding local drummer who plays at the “Open Blues Jam Sessions” that are held every other Thursday night at the Carnegie. He is a great addition to the band, and will entertain the audience with his talent. TERABLU sings songs that are representative of the original Delta Blues of yesterday and the stories that are the basis for them.

The “Thursday Kinda’ Blue” Band consists of a group of outstanding local musicians who jam together and have been playing around Pulaski County for years. Doug Holsomback is a guitarist and vocalist, Ron Mace plays Bass; the well known “Sears Family Band” (David on guitar and keyboards, Landon on fiddle and Tammy, singer) will thrill the crowds with a variety of songs. Jimmy Eastham, City Councilor, is also a guitarist, who will also play and sing; Jeff Taylor will get “down and out” with his throaty Blues voice. Once Taylor gets into the song, fans have said “we feel like we are on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.” Local musician, Travis Bertram, will be playing the drums. This band will surprise guests at the Festival with their varied styles of ”Playing and Singing the Blues.”

The schedule for the bands is as follows:

2:00 pm – Thursday Kinda Blue
3:30 pm – TERABLU
5:00 pm – Lightin’ Rod Wilson and the Thunderbolts
7:00 pm – Shaun Murphy

The Festival will have activities for children, art by local artists, BBQ by several different Master Chefs, funnel cakes, string potatoes, cotton candy, souvenirs, CDs and more. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, coolers, friends and family, and plan to have a fun day in Somerset, Kentucky. Again, this festival is free, with over 20 vendors participating.

Sponsors and donations are needed, and all inquiries should be directed to Diane Giddens at the Carnegie Community Arts Center, 107 N. Main St., Somerset, Ky. – 606-677-0333.


Grand Opening of “The Cellar” and the “Grande Piazza”

January 30th, 2014 from 5:30 until 7:30pm at the Carnegie Community Arts Center.

Stuarto’s Olive Oil Company

DSC_0768Join in the tasting of amazing olive oils, balsamic vinegars and sea salts. You will be attending an information presentation by Stuart Utgaard and given the opportunity to learn the art of paring the oils and vinegars.

The Carnegie is excited for Somerset to have these products available for purchase and ordering at “The Cellar”.

“The Cellar” and the “Grande Piazza” have a unique atomsphere for private parties, luncheons and meetings. The ambiance takes you away to an inviting European setting.

Flavor and Presentation

Chef Dustin West invites you to sample selected Hors d’oeuvres as he introduces himself and the availability of his services at the Carnegie. There will be menus displayed as a few options for luncheons or dinner parties.

Chef Dustin is a graduate from Culinary school and enjoys the creative art of cooking.

DSC_0774Please help welcome him to the Carnegie Family.


$5.00 – Members
$10.00 – Non-Members

To RSVP, contact the Carnegie by any of the following methods.

Telephone: 606-677-0333
Beyond the Image: 606-679-8276
Carnegie Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carnegieky


Market on Main Winter Market

Join us for the first winter market! Come stock up on local, farm-fresh meats, cheeses, granola, honey, wine, eggs, soaps, produce, crafts, and more. Cedar Creek Farm will also be making pizzas from scratch using ingredients from their farm, so grab dinner while you are out. Ronnie Murphy will be providing our musical entertainment this month. The Market is at the Carnegie from 5-7 pm on Thursday the 14th.


Rachael Rhule Photo

Carnegie to host Rachel Rhule Exhibit

Rachael Rhule PhotoThe Carnegie Community Arts Center will host an Art Exhibit by Rachel Rhule beginning Thursday, September 26, 2013 and going through October 29. A reception in her honor will be held from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 26 in the Federal Room. This event is free to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Rachel, a Eubank resident, is a very talented, articulate and professional artist. Her artwork is colorful and whimsical, and the viewer is drawn into the paintings by Rachel’s use of color and unusual focus on her subject matter. Her exhibit will consist of photography and watercolor paintings. Prints will be available for sale.

“Sometimes I think I was born with a pencil in my hands. Although making things has always been a great enjoyment, it wasn’t until 1998, my first summer in Kentucky, that I discovered what art really is. My father and brother were working on putting up hay in one of our barns, and I decided my task for the day would be drawing the scene in front of me. Once I was finished, my father made a comment on how well everything was proportioned. Looking up curiously, I asked what proportioned meant, and that was it. I was hooked on art.” This was the beginning of Rachel’s career in art.

Rachel Rhule - OctoIn the fall of 2007, Rachel moved to Chicago to attend Olivet Nazarene University. She enjoyed many experiences there, as well as a high level of education, which allowed her to cultivate her creative skills. During this time, Rachel matured into a professional artisan and teacher.

Rachel now works as a freelancer across the Southeast, operating as a graphic designer, photographer, teacher and visual artist. She also collaborates with a variety of galleries, with which she assists in organizing, promoting and hosting art exhibitions and events.

This talented young artist says: “I give thanks to God every day for the opportunities I have been blessed with. This includes my recent connection with the Carnegie Community Arts Center. I feel truly blessed to be connected with such a group who believes in giving younger generations the chance to discover their talents and develop skills they may otherwise have never known.”

Rachel Rhule - BalloonsThe “Greet and Meet” reception will give adults and children a chance to talk with an energetic, positive and exciting young artist who will inspire all who are interested in pursuing visual arts to follow their dreams.

Rachel will be teaching workshops at the Carnegie for children and seniors during the holidays. More details will be available at a later date.

The Carnegie Community Arts Center is located at 107 N. Main St., Somerset, Ky. The Carnegie is a non-profit 501(C3) arts organization, and relies on donations and rentals to provide the community with events, exhibits, performances and classes. The Carnegie is for rent at affordable prices for weddings, receptions and private parties. It is opened Tuesdays through Fridays from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. School tours are available upon request. For further information, call 606-677-0333.


Young Actors Studio Update

SOMERSET, AUG. 28 — The Carnegie Community Arts Center is excited to announce our collaboration with the Young Actors Studio and their fall session of on-camera acting classes for film and television with professional actress Emma and mom, N.C. Lyle.

emma_rayne_lyleEmma Rayne Lyle, her stage name, has been acting in films for the last five years. The mom and daughter duo continue to work in Los Angeles, New York and the Southeast Markets while residing in Pulaski County and are excited to be sharing the world of acting on camerawith Somerset and Pulaski County. You may recognize Emma from her television roles on Law & Order, The Mentalist or perhaps one of her films: “I Don’t Know How She Does” as the daughter of Sarah Jessica Parker and Greg Kinnear or maybe “Why Stop Now” playing Melissa Leo’s daughter and Jesse Eisenberg’s little sister. She’s also played the daughter of another native Kentuckian, Michael Shannon.

Students that attend the On Camera Acting Class at the Carnegie will have the chance to audition for real acting roles, understand how to get an agent and learn more about working and acting in the film and television industry. The on-camera class is one of the first classes we will be offering at the Carnegie Community Arts Center. At the end of the session, we will have a mini film festival and invite family and friends to watch the films we have created during the session.

Classes are only $12.50 per class and meet Mondays starting September 16th. The classes are broken-down by age group: Grades K-5 – 4:30pm-5:30pm, Grades 6-8 – 5:30pm-6:30pm and Grades 9-12 – 6:30pm-7:30pm.


Pulaski Youth in Film

We are so excited about this! The Carnegie will be hosting Pulaski Youth in Film. Acting lessons will begin on Monday, Sept 16 at 5:30. From Pulaski Youth in Film:

“Ever dreamed of being a television or movie actor? Students that attend our class will have fun and learn the art of on-camera acting. Our teacher’s and past students’ credits include working with the Weinstein Company, Warner Brothers, CBS, NBC, IFC, Focus Features, Sundance and many more. The on-camera class is one of the first classes we will be offering with a focus upon specific on-camera acting techniques, as well as creating real, naturally believable characters. At the end of the session, we will have a mini film festival and invite family and friends to watch the films we have created during the session.”

Call the Carnegie for more information or click here to see their website.



Lonnie Hill and the Keytones – September 14, 2013

Lonnie Hill and the Keytones

Nashville’s Lonnie Hill & the Keytones will perform one night only at the Carnegie Community Arts Center, 107 N. Main St. in downtown Somerset. This talented stage, radio and Tv star and his band will sing and play traditional country and western music on Saturday, September 14 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 and children under 7 get in free.

“Lonnie Hill is a fresh taste of great country music the way it should be. When I turn on the radio to a country station, Lonnie Hill is what I like to hear. In a world over populated with compressed pop country, Lonnie is giving people something worth listening to,” states Josh Ayers, WHAY 98.3FM Radio, McCreary County.

Hill, who was born and reared in Alabama, started performing with his band, The Dixie Heartbeats, when he was a teenager and then toured all over the south with the Dave Osborn Band. He moved to Nashville when he was 29, and in 2003 co-wrote his first song, “Merry Go-Round of Love.” Darrell Williams of NBC affiliate WAKM-AM, Franklin, Tennessee played it on air, and promptly got requests from other stations, who then picked it up. Continue reading


Pleasant Company – August 23, 2013

1095000_553840447984419_782790383_nThe well-known group,”Pleasant Company,” will have a concert on Friday, August 23rd at 12:00 pm at the Carnegie. A Chicken or Tuna Salad will be served with all the trimmings. Reservations are required. Tickets are $5.50 (includes lunch and performance), Guests will be entertained with the beautiful sounds of the violin, piano, flute, hammered dulcimer, bass and guitar. If you like classical Irish, Scottish, English and American folk music, there is no finer ensemble around. Call 606-677-0333 and ask for Diane. Limited seating, so make your reservations as soon as possible.