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Kentucky Arts Council

April 14, 2017

Jesse Wells

Constance Alexander

Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Kentucky Crafted:
The Market

Kentucky Writers' Day

Kentucky Writers' Day

2017 Governor's Derby Exhibit

2017 Governor's
Derby Exhibit

Kentucky Arts Council



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Chris Cathers, left, and Lydia Bailey Brown examine the layout of the Kentucky Crafted: The Market exhibit space. Dear Arts Lovers:

Last month I challenged you to share Kentucky Crafted: The Market with friends who had never been before. I hope that you have invited at least one friend to join you April 22-23 at Lexington Convention Center for what promises to be a weekend full of fantastic art, music and food.

Recently, Chris Cathers, program branch manager for the Kentucky Arts Council and producer of The Market, and I had a chat about this signature arts council event. You can read more of our chat in this month’s issue of The Lane Report, but this excerpt may be helpful to you in illustrating the opportunities to find unique pieces and meet the artists who make them.

Lydia Bailey Brown: For the first-time visitor to Kentucky Crafted: The Market, describe the event.

Chris Cathers: The Market is a celebration of all things “Creative Kentucky” and it’s an opportunity for us to showcase the best work of the arts council’s Kentucky Crafted artists. It’s an opportunity for corporate buyers and the general public to find amazing works from many small business owners in the arts who may not sell through wholesale or retail space throughout the year. From the event, these arts business-folks build a network of retail customers and forge long-term corporate relationships.

LBB: How has The Market changed for the creative exhibitor since its beginnings 35 years ago?

CC: The caliber of participating artists has significantly increased over the years. A number of artists came into the juried Kentucky Crafted program as hobbyists or enthusiasts and over the years have evolved into savvy entrepreneurs, developing a business around their art. Some use it as a launching pad to expand their careers. Others use this opportunity to build stable relationships with wholesalers.

LBB: We know that The Market has become a travel destination for many. What is The Market’s reputation outside Kentucky?

CC: Producing the show as a state agency puts us in a unique position. Our reach has gone beyond the typical art and craft show, and people recognize our name throughout the southeast. Lots of other shows have come and gone; there are not that many that can say they’ve been around 35 years. We’ve expanded the show to offer performances, highlight culinary arts, literary arts and even educational activities in our Hands-On area. Really, we produce an arts festival. In fact, the Southeast Tourism Society named Kentucky Crafted: The Market in their Top 20 List of Festivals and Events.

Folks from other states come to visit, not simply to experience and purchase arts, but to learn about our process for jurying artists into the selection and creating such a high-quality tourist-worthy, hometown-feeling experience.

Come out to The Market, and say hello to us!

We also encourage you to visit the Old State Capitol on May 1 in Frankfort for Kentucky Writers’ Day. We’ll be installing a new Kentucky Poet Laureate and thanking the outgoing poet laureate, George Ella Lyon, for her two years of service as Kentucky’s literary ambassador. The day will also feature readings by former poets laureate, a recitation by Kentucky’s state Poetry Out Loud champion Grant County High School senior Haley Bryan and performances by Louisville music group Small Time Napoleon. Kentucky Crafted artist Mike Maydak will create a performance painting throughout the day to commemorate this special celebration. We hope you can join us for that!

Lydia Bailey Brown
Lydia Bailey Brown
Kentucky Arts Council
Executive Director


Governor’s Derby Exhibit Celebrates
Traditions Across Kentucky

Work by 29 Kentucky artists will hang in Frankfort for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit, an annual initiative coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council.

Ideas Gallery a Treasure Trove of Inspiration at
Kentucky Crafted: The Market

When planners for the Owensboro Convention Center wanted to beautify their facility with art, they visited the Ideas Gallery at Kentucky Crafted: The Market to find their artists.

Arts Council Seeking Media Artists for Teaching Artists Directory
The Kentucky Arts Council is looking for media artists to add to its Teaching Artists Directory.

Celebrate Kentucky Writers’ Day Across Kentucky
Kentucky Writers’ Day is May 1, and for Kentuckians who can’t travel to Frankfort for the celebration, the Kentucky Arts Council provides a planning guide for recognizing Writers’ Day in their own communities.

Owensboro Earns Creative District Designation
The Kentucky Arts Council today announced that Owensboro has been named a Kentucky Creative District.

Musical Variety Highlights Kentucky Stage at
Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Diverse musical sounds from 14 musical acts ranging from world music to Kentucky bluegrass will fill the air April 22-23 at the Lexington Convention Center on The Kentucky Stage during Kentucky Crafted: The Market.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market Offers Variety of Hands-On Activities
In addition to featuring dozens of the Kentucky Arts Council’s finest visual and craft artists, Kentucky Crafted: The Market, provides guests the opportunity to make and learn about art firsthand during the April 22-23 event at the Lexington Convention Center.


April 21-23
Kentucky Crafted: The Market

May 1
Kentucky Writers’ Day


May 3
Teaching Art Together

HOLIDAYS (state offices closed)

April 14 – Good Friday
(arts council office closes at noon)

May 29 – Memorial Day


Kentucky Artisan Center honors state's history
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will honor the 225th Anniversary of Kentucky becoming a state in 2017, with the exhibit 225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History.

Celebrate the earth - April Artisan Center demos feature natural materials
The Kentucky Artisan Center will honor Earth Day during the month of April with artist demonstrations showcasing a wide variety of art made from natural materials.



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