The 40th anniversary of the Mountain Workshops, when visual journalists document small-town life in the Kentucky and north-central Tennessee region, took place from October 19-24, 2015. The group of students and professionals attending this year focused on Frankfort - see the video summary of the initiative at https://player.vimeo.com/video/143788759. The creative work of the Mountain Workshops participants can be found at their website - http://www.mountainworkshops.org - and you can see the list of photo essays below:
- Born into bourbon: Tour guide Freddie Johnson is the third generation of his family to work at Buffalo Trace.
by Michael Noble, Jr.
- Morning Pointe major: A decorated Air Force veteran scoots into his new life in assisted living.
by Alexander Ledet
- Every kiss on the nose: With her loving nature, a veterinarian acknowledges animals as part of the family.
by Alyssa Pointer
- Stronger and taller: As a resident of a homeless shelter, one woman finds family and strength.
by Andrew Seng
- Ballet with her boy: Shannon Gale and her son are most thankful for each other.
by Bridget Bennett
- Ella enchanted: Ella Lemley-Fry, 14, experiences the world differently while growing up on an organic farm.
by Brittany Greeson
- Girl at a crossroads: After being caught shoplifting, 16-year-old works to turn her life around.
by Gabrielle Lurie
- A little bit of home: Melissa Mitchell, 37, a large animal vet, finds balance in her passions for work, farm and family.
by Elizabeth Frantz
- Conserving generations: Brent McCarty, 31, is passionate about his work at a wildlife education center.
by Daniel Rader
- Always cleaning & singing: A solitary window-washer sings because he's happy and wants to share his joy with others.
by Dale Peacock
- Home away from home: Kings Center provides an after-school safe haven for Frankfort and Franklin County children.
by Christian Lee
- J. R.'s world: Call John Robert Zinner when he’s not home.You’ll hear the voice of a proud show lamb farmer, almost drowned out by more than 100 High Bridge Hampshire ewes.
by William Kolb
- Zero to five kids: Mary-Margaret Dohn and Roger Pollard adopted five biological brothers.
by Tess McEnroe
- Going at a gallop: A Frankfort preteen keeps her cool as she copes with life in the middle school rat race.
by Teresa O'Brien Nguyen
- Keeping them close: At the Quarles' family farm, love is passing down the family business.
by Stephanie Aaronson
- A lingering loss: Despite terrible tragedy, David and Margery have shown incredible resilience.
by Shweta Gulati
- Born to run: Champion thoroughbreds and a middle-school track star thrive on Buff Bradley's Indian Ridge Farm.
by Scott Ball
- Heart of a community: Pic-Pac grocery store caters to people from all walks of life.
by Sally Wegert
- Grave sites and sights: Frankfort Cemetery has evolved into a scenic destination and community icon.
by Patricia Lombardi
- Ageless flirt: At 87, entertainer and ladies' man Arnold Clark still doesn't miss a beat.
by Nick Wagner
- Personable goats: A farm family that turned to goats says there's no going back.
by Nicholas Pfosi
- Clay heart: As custodian at Elkhorn Elementary School, James Clay is more than just a man with a broom.
by Michelle Gustafson
- Finding a good fit: A shoe repairman balances his dedication to love and to craft.
by Michael Clark
- Hard-work harvest: Migrant workers help owner Dick Mucci at one of Franklin County's last tobacco farms.
by Michael Cirlos
- Adelia's treasure: Virginia Hensley, 85, is a crowd favorite at Adelia's – a local bakery where she works.
by Harrison Hill
- Sharing Safety: A family man trains dogs to protect those in harm's way.
by Meg Kumin
- Space for tradition: John Wheatley restores classic vintage cars, and his 14-year-old daughter is starting to join in.
by Jennifer Du Puis
- For love of land & family: The Jones family works together to continue their legacy at Happy Jack's Pumpkin Farm.
by Maura Friedman
- A love of L.I.F.E.: An animal shelter founder has devoted her life to saving those who cannot help themselves.
by Jennifer King
- The whole picture: A third-generation candy maker balances the business legacy with other pursuits and passions.
by Matthew Merchant
- Helga goes to school: Therapy dog Helga makes reading fun for students at Collins Lane Elementary School in Frankfort.
by Joan Lederer
- Hair days: At age 70, Charlie Long is the oldest barber in Frankfort.
by Matthew Lunsford
- Man bikes dog: A well-loved dog brings people in the community together.
by Joshua Newell
- Customers become friends: At Flobie's salon, customers get hugs and keep stylist Flo Casey going on.
by Logan Riely
- A port in a storm: Soup kitchen and men’s shelter a haven for 600 people a year.
by Jovelle Tamayo
- Farm family bonds: At Goldfinch Farm, the Wilson family learns, grows and loves.
by Laura McClintock
- Hearts, hands and horses: Working with horses helps students develop strength and confidence at the Stewart Home School.
by Judy Heidrich
- Compelled to create: Frankfort artist Doris Thurber uses art to empower women.
by Kim Walker
- No jacket required: The mayor of Frankfort is known to many as Bill.
by Justin Gellerson
- Cultivating life: Susan Hutcherson builds a successful business and life on a strong family foundation.
by Kelsey Kimberlin
- Hard liquor, hard times: Reams of red tape won't stop Ross Caldwell's small-batch distillery on a Franklin County farm.
by Justin Gilliland
- Casa Fiesta family: For José Chavez, Casa Fiesta isn't work, it's home.
by KC McGinnis
- Quiet confidence: A high school football player doesn't let stereotypes define him.
by Katie Klann
- Pasture to pastor: A pastor and owner of A Little Bit of Heaven farm, James Bondurant's life revolves around horses
by Katie Roberts
- The heart of Bald Knob: The last country store in Franklin County offers small talk, laughter and friendship.
by Kayla Macomber
- More than music: Stephanie Wallace’s students have a band full of friends and a teacher they know cares about them.
by Patrick Witty
- Starting again: After four years in the Marine Corps, Dylan Burdick faces a new battle: building a civilian life.
by Alicia Savage
- Bringing history to life: Russell Hatter sheds light on dark aspects of Frankfort’s past that are still relevant today.
by Celine Fang
- Where I needed to go: Mark Lyon Thornewill says being open to change has kept him young
by Catrin Einhorn
- The future of farming: Outgoing and ambitious, 15-year-old Molly Mitchell is a very proud cow girl.
by Yalonda M. James
- Taking the lead: A comma separated Laura Glasscock from corporate drudgery to pursue her passion for journalism.
by Sean Ryan
- Finding his rhythm: Six-year-old Jack Atchley had trouble speaking — until he wanted to sing Beyoncé songs.
by Madeline Lear
- Chasing the light: April Cole overcame personal tragedy through photography and community service.
by Betina N. Garcia
- Dinner and a show: Spicy fare and strong opinions are both served up at Chef Rick Paul’s White Light Diner.
by Christine Rucker
- Surviving childhood: Betty Lawson has faced hunger and fear, and she’s determined not to let them defeat her students.
by Andree Kehn
- For more than coffee: Audrey Hammond makes mugs that hold memory and comfort.
by Jessica Glazer
- Breathing into peace: Charlie Pearl opens his heart with each step forward.
by Sara Corce
- Rhythm of the day: Will Renshaw relishes precision—and the beauty he makes of it.
by Stephanie Strauss
- A hunter’s pride: Denny LeCompte learned to hunt deer as a boy, and he enjoys the challenge as much as the kill.
by Zack Hubbard
- What was: Frances Ringer lost her true love when she was 15. She still wonders about what might have been.
by Rachel Wedding McClelland
- Living in a landmark: Ed and Sue Stodola love the beauty and openness of their Frank Lloyd Wright house.
by Ed Cottingham
- Art & monument: Melanie VanHouten transformed a farm into a sculpture park. It’s a monument to her grandmother.
by Alyse Young
- The idea keeper: At Poor Richard’s Books, Lizz Taylor has offered wisdom new and vintage for more than 30 years.
by Lauren Nolan
- Investing in the land: Charlie Jones is happiest trading a lawyer’s suit and tie for a farmer’s jeans and barn coat.
by Marie De Jesus
- Depend on me: Tiffany Armstrong takes pride in taking care.
by Christena Dowsett
- Working the wire: Orthodontist Craig Wiggins takes joy in the craft of improving people’s smiles.
by Colleen Cambier
- Bourbon Time: Frankfort's Buffalo Trace Distillery crafts many varieties of bourbon, some distilled more than 20 years.
by Brooke Warren
- Frankfort, Finding Time: On workdays Frankfort bustles with capitol business. After hours the city's vivacious warmth rewards those wise enough to linger.
by Emilie Milcarek
- Back To School: Mountain Workshops' sponsor Dataseam provides an opportunity for K-12 educators in specific Kentucky school districts to participate and observe during our week-long event.
by Dataseam Teacher Workshop
Interested in participating next year? Read more and sign up at http://www.mountainworkshops.org/about/.