Artists to hold rally protesting potential I-75 Connector

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Art exhibit and rally scheduled in September

i-75: marble creek

Guy Mendes' "Marble Creek in Summer," silver gelatin print, is included in the "Marble Creek/Endangered Watershed" exhibition at Ann Tower Gallery

A number of prominent Kentucky artists are joining together to protest a potential road that would link US 27 in Jessamine County to I-75 in Madison County, commonly referred to as the I-75 Connector.

“OFF THE ROAD! A Rally Against the I-75 Connector” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 and will feature prominent Kentucky authors Wendell Berry and Barbara Kingsolver, who will express their opposition to the potential project at the Lyric Theatre, according to a press release about the event. Other Kentucky artists and musicians taking part include Crystal Wilkinson, Richard Taylor, Maurice Manning, Erik Reece, Eric Scott Sutherland, Matt Duncan, the Northside Sheiks and Tee Dee Young.

This will be a rare public appearance for author, essayist and poet Wendell Berry. Barbara Kingsolver, named one of the most important writers of the 20th century by Writers Digest, was awarded the National Humanities Medal. “Those of us who call Kentucky home will have to remember that ‘home’ is not some bigger road to get people through or out of here. It’s the winding creeks and limestone cliffs that nourish the bluegrass. It’s the quiet places that have made us who we are,” Kingsolver said in the release.

The rally follows the opening of an exhibition of photographs by Guy Mendes entitled “Marble Creek/Endangered Watershed,” which will be on display at the Ann Tower Gallery.

The Marble Creek Gorge is home to kingfishers, otters, beavers, egrets, herons, fox and deer, along with an array of flora and other fauna. Mendes believes the area’s waters and ecosystem should never be polluted and destroyed by runoff from an interstate connector road for semi-trucks.

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