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Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
Kentucky Arts Council

For Immediate Release, April 15, 2016
Contact: Tom Musgrave, tomr.musgrave@ky.gov
502-564-3757, ext. 489

Kentucky-made art and craft available at
Governor’s Derby Celebration

“Horses are my favorite to draw and carve onto the surface. I’m looking forward to picking and choosing equine-themed art to bring.” — Kentucky Crafted artist Michelle Lyn Strader

FRANKFORT, Ky. — (April 15, 2016)— Eleven Kentucky artists will exhibit and sell their work during the Governor’s Derby Celebration, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7, on the lawn of the Old State Capitol.

The chosen artists represent a diverse sampling of more than 300 artists in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program, an adjudicated program that provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through marketing and promotional opportunities and arts business training.

“The Kentucky Derby is a proud Kentucky tradition, and the Governor’s Derby Celebration in Frankfort always draws a crowd,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “With that many people in downtown Frankfort, it’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase the best of Kentucky arts and crafts and provide our Kentucky Crafted artists with another outlet to sell their work.”

Boyd County ceramicist Michelle Lyn Strader, owner of Silver Run Ceramics, is in her first year in the Kentucky Crafted program. An equine enthusiast, Strader moved to Kentucky two years ago and appreciates the opportunity to immerse herself in the Commonwealth’s culture and tradition.

“In my current practice, I use a lot of horse and equine imagery, so I’m excited,” Strader said. “Horses are my favorite to draw and carve onto the surface. I’m looking forward to picking and choosing equine-themed art to bring.”

Below is a list of artists who are exhibiting, listed by name, business name, artistic discipline and county of residence:

  • Roger Ballard, Paul Roger Ballard Photography, photography, Woodford
  • Marti Brown, Made on Magnolia, fiber handbags, Shelby
  • Gary Graham, Gary Graham Wood Art, segmented wood vessels, Fayette
  • Steve Heartsill, Steve Heartsill Ceramic and Metal Design, mixed media 3D, Fayette
  • Eugene King, TG Designs, wood utensils, Powell
  • Tracy Leasor, Candlewicking & Embroidery Creations, candlewicking, Jefferson
  • Sharon Major, Frog Hollow Creations, jewelry, Jefferson
  • Jeannette Rowlett, Jeannette's Jewelry/H & J Associates, jewelry, Madison
  • Audrey Schulz, Audrey Schulz Horses, fiber soft sculpture horses, Jefferson
  • Michelle Lyn Strader, Silver Run Ceramics, ceramics, Boyd
  • Jim Waugh, Seven Oaks Wood Gallery, turned wood vessels, Hardin

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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. The arts council is celebrating 50 years of service in 2016.