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Tom Musgrave

Kentucky Arts Council Honors Kentucky Crafted: The Market Exhibitors
with Awards, Recognizes Purchase Award Sponsors

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 24, 2017) — Exhibitors at last month’s Kentucky Crafted: The Market received awards in categories ranging from booth design to customer service.

“So many artists go the extra mile to create an engaging guest experience, which adds to the overall quality of The Market,” said Lydia Bailey Brown, Kentucky Arts Council executive director. “We wanted to introduce a series of awards to recognize their efforts and to encourage other artists to strive for those innovation in the coming years.”

Laura Poulette, owner of Meadow House Studio in Berea and a first-time exhibitor, took Best of Show honors. Best of Show is based on a combination of artistic excellence of product and booth design.

Best Booth Design went to Louisville’s Hound Dog Press, owned by Nick Baute and Robert Ronk. Hound Dog was honored for having the highest quality presentation and merchandise display.

Caroline Zama, owner of Star Bird Pottery in Louisville, earned the Excellence in Accessibility Award, which highlights an exhibitor with the best design, promotional materials and ease of access for people with disabilities.

In addition to those three categories, the arts council added several other award categories for this year’s Market.

The “You Light Up My Life” Award went to Sharon Haines, owner of Natural Accents in Park City. The award recognizes the most effective use of booth lighting.

Berea’s Gallery 123 earned the “Congeniality” Award. The gallery’s artists, Justin Burton, Jonathan Dazo, Gina Dittmeier and Tim Wade, demonstrated the most positive and consistent engagement with Market guests.

Paul Buhrmester, owner of SnP Crafts in Bowling Green, a first-time exhibitor at The Market, took honors as “Social Butterfly.” The award recognized Burhmester’s use of social media not just during The Market, but in the days and weeks leading up to the Market to promote not only his products, but the event itself.

The “Brand Ambassador” Award went to Chad Balster of Louisville, another first-time exhibitor. The owner of Chad Balster Glass, in addition to promoting his own work at the show, was judged to be the artist who best upheld and fostered public understanding of the Kentucky Crafted brand.

Each of these award categories was adjudicated by members of the arts council staff.

One award was put to a vote of Market guests, and proved extremely popular – the “Everything is Awesome” Award. The winner of this award, Elizabeth Worley of Lexington, owner of Handwoven Baskets by That Kentucky Lady, was recognized by a vote of Market guests for providing the best overall customer experience.

In addition to awards that recognized the artists, The Market was proud to be supported by two purchase award sponsors. Fourshee Building Supply in Cadiz, recognized the work of Fred Wiesener, owner of Wiesener Studios in Maysville.

“Being a native Kentuckian, I am fond of Kentucky artists and those who choose to create in Kentucky,” said Paul Fourshee of Fourshee Building Supply. “Mr. Wiesener is a unique artist. I’ve been watching his work for several years, and this was a good opportunity to support him.”

The Kentucky Arts Council’s Executive Director’s Award, went to Lexington artists Steve Heartsill, owner of Steve Heartsill Ceramic & Metal Designs, and Melisa Zimmerman, owner of Melisa Beth Ceramics. Heartsill and Zimmerman collaborated on a unique piece, which garnered the executive director’s award.

“These two artists worked together, embracing the spirit of the Kentucky Crafted brand, and benefiting from the high level of artistry each of them brings to their individual work, to create a lovely collaborative piece that is very much a Kentucky treasure,” said Bailey Brown.

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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.