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Kentucky Arts Council     Kentucky.gov

Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

Feb. 26, 2016
Media Contact: Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

More than just great art and craft at
Kentucky Crafted: The Market

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Opportunities abound to experience art in its many forms at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, March 5-6 at the Lexington Convention Center. In addition to browsing work by talented Kentucky Crafted artist exhibitors, hearing the sounds of Kentucky musicians on the Kentucky Stage, and tasting samples from Kentucky Proud food exhibitors, make sure you take time to enjoy some of the other areas of The Market.

New to Kentucky Crafted: The Market is The Kentucky Gallery, a unique, curated shopping experience. The Kentucky Gallery features the work of a diverse group of artists who have participated in a variety of Kentucky Arts Council programs. Work by these artists has never before or not recently been seen at The Market. All of the work in the exhibit is for sale.

Exclusively for Market 2016 visitors, the arts council presents “This is 50,” an exhibit celebrating the state arts agency’s 50th anniversary. Works on exhibit revolve around the theme “This is 50” and each piece was open to the interpretation of the artist who created it. See the diverse and creative ways that Kentucky artists have joined in celebration of the arts council’s golden anniversary.

Participants in the arts council’s Architectural Artists Directory will showcase their most creative concepts in the Ideas Gallery. This exhibit is ideal for homeowners and business owners interested in adding a unique architectural element to their homes or places of work. Browsing this exhibit will give guests a taste of the vision these artists can bring to any design-build project.

Children will find something fun to do in the Hands-On Activities area. Create a backpack charm with The Explorium of Lexington. Learn about and participate in bookbinding activities with Frankfort’s Josephine Sculpture Park.

Kids and adults can Get in Touch with Kentucky Traditions and meet master folk artists, hear their stories and try out fun activities inspired by their traditions. On March 5, Cheryl Pan will share dance traditions from Lexington’s Chinese American community and on March 6, Timmy Walden shares Monroe County’s recreational culture of marble games and marble making.

The Market will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 5 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6 at the Lexington Convention Center. Tickets to Kentucky Crafted: The Market, which includes access to all exhibits and activities, are available at the door or can be purchased online and are $10 for one day or $15 for two days. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. For more information about Kentucky Crafted: The Market, visit the arts council’s website.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2016 the arts council celebrates the 50th anniversary of its establishment by the Kentucky General Assembly.

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