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Limited edition bourbon features painting from local artist

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A Nelson County artist has been chosen to have her art emblazoned on bottles of bourbon as part of a limited edition of Maker's Mark.

Oil painter and landscape artist Mary Hagy's rendition of a winter scene at the Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto was chosen to grace the label of a limited batch of 150,000 bottles of the bourbon.

The scene is one in a series of four that Hagy created depicting the effects of the four seasons at the distillery. The original winter landscape used on the bottle was actually painted in 1980.

 "Someone had suggested to me that I do something that represents Marion County," Hagy said. "I wandered around and took pictures of different places. [The distillery] is such a beautiful place."

Prints of the painting were an immediate hit ("I sold 800 in one weekend," Hagy said) and soon customers were telling her she should make versions for the other seasons as well. Hagy said the popularity of the prints can be traced to the connection many people in Marion County and the surrounding area feel to the distillery and its namesake product.