Rome artist will get TV time

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Zingg episode to air this summer

By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

ROME - Rome native and gourd artist Jennifer Zingg will be featured on the Kentucky Educational Television program "Bluegrass and Backroads," to be aired on Evansville's WEHT-TV, broadcast channel 25 "most likely by late June or early July," she said in an e-mail message to The News.

For those who didn't already know her and her work, The News reported on her gourd-decorating activities in May 2004 after finding her working in the Old Courthouse Museum in Cannelton during that year's Dogwood Festival.

She had moved to Kentucky in 1992 to study art at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, and now operates the Jennifer Zingg Studio & Gallery in downtown Frankfort.

She also teaches a variety of art classes to children, hosts art exhibits and sales featuring the artwork of other Kentucky artists and teaches middle-school art at Good Shepherd School.

"Bluegrass and Backroads" is viewed nationally and in three European countries, Zingg said, and her artwork will be featured in Episode 615.

It airs at 1 and 11 p.m. Wednesdays and 5 a.m. Thursdays on RFD TV via DirecTV satellite service. Dish Network viewers should tune to Channel 9409 the same days and times.

People who can receive WBKI-TV, broadcast Channel 34 out of Louisville and Lexington, Ky., can view "Bluegrass and Backroads" at 11 a.m. Sundays.

"Because each station airs Bluegrass and Backroads at different times, we would not be able to tell you exactly when your program will air in your area," program representatives Matt Hilton and Bob Shrader wrote in an e-mail message to Zingg.

The artist, whose work can be seen at www.jennysgourds.com, also reported that she was selected by the Kentucky Arts Council to create the 2009 (Kentucky) Governor's Awards in the Arts, to be presented in October.