Artists in Residence

The Carnegie is home to a number of resident artists. 
Each one is committed to the standard of excellence the facility represents within the community.


Rhonda Wilford, owner of Beyond the Image            

Rhonda Wilford is a well-known visual artist and also owns Beyond the Image frame shop on the third floor of the Carnegie.  Rhonda has the unique ability to work with clients on what matting and framing will complement their item best.  Her skills as an artist allow her to utilize the most effective frames and mats.   

CeCe Butcher, painter and art instructor            

CeCe Butcher has an excellent reputation for instructing children, teens and adults in the rudiments are drawing and painting.  Her studio is in the basement and she is often seated at the drawing board with an aspiring young artist.  Her students have won numerous ribbons at the Kentucky State Fair, as well as other honors and awards throughout the Commonwealth.  She also paints and exhibits her own work throughout Kentucky and beyond.  


Gibson-Ragle Publishing Co. Author/Publisher Katheryn Ragle

Resident Writing Teacher, Author and Publisher, Katheryn Ragle serves the community by helping the young and elderly to become published authors. Or if they have a manuscript ready for publishing, Mrs. Ragle can make that dream come true by processing their book for marketing and helping to advertise their books on various websites and get them sold in local and out-of-state bookstores. Go to for more information or at Ragle. It's never to late to fulfill your dreams of becoming a published author whether you are 7 or a 100 years of age. Mrs. Ragle helps children of all ages to publish their writings and illustrations for the public to view. Thereby encouraging the children to believe in themselves. Gibson-Ragle Publishing Company's office is inside the Carnegie Community Arts Center just off the Yellow Umbrella Gift Shop. Open Tues. - Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Call 606-341-0976 for more information.                                                                                                                                                            



The McNeil Voice Studio (and School of Music)     

The McNeil Voice Studio not only provides quality vocal and performance instruction, it also houses instruction in violin and guitar.  Studio A and Studio B are both housed in the basement of the Carnegie. For more information, visit   Can can like MVS on facebook, follow on twitter, and read the studio blog.

Maria McNeil, owner of the McNeil Voice Studio and vocal instructor

Studio A: Miss McNeil has been teaching for ten years.  A graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston, she has performed on the East Coast – not only in Boston but also in New York and other East Coast venues.  She taught voice at Passim in Boston for eight years until recently moving to Somerset, Kentucky.    She currently gives private voice lessons, as well as a six-week group course titled “Singing 101.”   

Bill McNeil, violin instructor and well-known regional performer

Studio B:  Bill McNeil gives private violin lessons and also is introducing a six-week group course titled, “Introduction to Reading Music.”   McNeil performs with Pleasant Company – a traditional American and Celtic Folk ensemble, as well as with numerous Contemporary Christian praise and worship teams.  He has performed in Thailand, Rumania and Israel, as well as throughout Kentucky and Tennessee. 

John McQueary, guitar instructor             

Studio A: John McQueary, guitar instructor, also is known in the Somerset area and throughout Kentucky.  He is the guitarist for Pleasant Company and is known for his musical contributions and performances in a number of churches in Somerset and Lexington.  He also is the owner and producer of Red Shed Records.


Flashback Theater Co.

Flashback Theater Co. is a producing theater company in residence at the Carnegie. Flashback Theater Company’s mission is to explore our present relationship to the world through the lens of our past interactions as a community and through the passionate pursuit of theater that speaks to the soul.  The Company is Somerset’s first semi-professional producing theater company.  Go to for more information.

Sommer Renae Schoch, Producing Artistic Director of Flashback Theater Co   

Sommer Renae Schoch  was actively involved in the creation and ongoing operations of Lake Cumberland Children’s Theatre before she left to attend Northern Kentucky University after graduating from Russell County High School in 2007. At NKU, she majored in Theater Arts and minored in Entrepreneurship. During this time, she also worked in theater production, designing and stitching costumes for several productions at NKU, the Commonwealth Theater Company, and the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center. Throughout this time, however, she always knew her real dream was to begin a professional theater back in Somerset. With that in mind, she found an Arts Administration Master’s degree program at the nearby University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, or CCM. Over the summer of her program at CCM, she interned in the leadership office at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Her time under the leadership there inspired her immensely, and pushed her to develop the concept for what is now Flashback Theater Company.

Follow Sommer on Twitter or read and subscribe to her blog.