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Kentucky Crafted: The Market Set For March 7-8

The Lane Report

The largest collection of Kentucky artists under one roof will gather for Kentucky Crafted: The Market, March 7-8 at the Lexington Convention Center.

Now in its 33rd year, The Market is the Kentucky Arts Council's signature event of the year for artists under the Kentucky Crafted brand to display and sell their work to a broad base of consumers and wholesale buyers. More than 200 Kentucky Crafted and selected out-of-state artists will exhibit their work for sale at The Market.

March 6 is the designated day for registered buyers to place wholesale orders directly with more than 200 Kentucky Crafted and selected out-of-state artists. The wholesale day is open exclusively to those buyers, including qualified business owners who sell products in retail venues and galleries.

Among the participating artists are 14 who are new to the Kentucky Crafted program and who have never before exhibited at The Market.

"Buyers come to The Market to enhance their own retail offerings. When we increase our own corps of Kentucky Crafted artists, it translates to more artwork for our buyers to choose from," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "The continued growth of this event proves its popularity among artists, buyers and the public."

Returning to The Market for the fourth consecutive year is the Kentucky Stage, a daily showcase of Kentucky musicians performing a variety of styles. Complementing Kentucky Stage will be the debut of Music Scenes, an exhibit of visual art that will interpret musical feeling onto canvas.

"Four years ago when we partnered with the Lexington Convention Center, we introduced Kentucky Stage, and this year we want to augment that experience with Music Scenes," Meadows said. "We look forward to seeing what kind of work Kentucky artists submit for inclusion in this new exhibit for The Market."

Music Scenes is open to any Kentucky artist who wishes to submit. For more information on Music Scenes, contact Kate Sprengnether at:  kate.sprengnether@ky.gov or 502- 564-3757, ext. 471.

The Market doors open to the general public March 7-8. Hours for The Market are:

March 7, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

March 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for a one-day ticket or $15 for two days. Children under 15 are admitted free with a paying adult.

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.

(story provided by Kentucky Arts Council)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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