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Kentucky Arts Council

Tom Musgrave

Kentucky Crafted Artists will be in the Spotlight at
Governor’s Derby Celebration

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 26, 2018) — Sixteen Kentucky artists will exhibit and sell their work during the Governor’s Derby Celebration, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5, on the lawn of the Old State Capitol.

The chosen artists represent a diverse sampling of more than 350 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.

Jewelry maker Jeannette Rowlett of Berea is a Kentucky Crafted artist who has participated in the Governor’s Derby Celebration for several years. She said she enjoys the opportunity to get out of her studio and show her work and network with the other artists under the tent.

“It’s just like a homecoming. It’s a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere that people can view art in,” Rowlett said. “The people who come seem to appreciate that, and it motivates them to purchase art. That kind of atmosphere is something I hope will continue.”

Artists who are exhibiting, listed by name, business name, artistic discipline and county of residence:

  • Richard Adams, Wooden Tricks, wood, London
  • Roger Ballard, Paul Roger Ballard Photography, photography, Versailles
  • Marti Brown, Made on Magnolia, fiber art, Shelbyville
  • John Andrew Dixon, Dixon Design, 2-D mixed media, Danville
  • Jennifer Dunham, It’s in the Cards, graphics/2-D mixed media, Versailles
  • Amy Henson, Rock Bottom Soap Co., natural/organic, London
  • Tracy Leasor, Candlewicking & Embroidery Creations, fiber art, Louisville
  • John Leeds, Leeds Jewelry, jewelry, Richmond
  • Alisha Martin, The Bad Button Bespoke Corsets, fiber art, Frankfort
  • Kathleen O’Brien, Kathleen O’Brien Studio, graphics/2-D mixed media, Harrodsburg
  • Lacey Roberts, The Painted Lace, fiber art, Frankfort
  • Jeannette Rowlett, Jeannette’s Jewelry/H&J Associates, jewelry, Berea
  • Shawnna Southerland, Shawnna Carney Southerland, fiber art, Berea
  • Suzanne Spencer, SMS Originals, fiber art, Louisville
  • Jason Sturgill, Xenosketch: The Art of Jason Sturgill, graphics/2-D mixed media, Lexington
  • Jim Waugh, Seven Oaks Wood Gallery, wood, Cecilia

In addition to the Kentucky Crafted tent, visitors will see Derby blankets submitted by Kentucky students. Picnic tables on the Old State Capitol grounds will be fitted with horse heads and tails, and the canvases, or “Derby blankets,” will be placed over the tabletops like a blanket over a horse. Blankets were sent in from schools across the state to be on display for visitors to the Derby Celebration to see and enjoy.

For information about the Kentucky Crafted program, contact Dave Blevins, arts marketing director, at 502-892-3120 or

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