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Kentucky Gallery Featured at Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Sarah Spradlin

Visitors to Kentucky Crafted: The Market will have an additional area to shop in this year – The Kentucky Gallery.

The Kentucky Gallery is a unique, curated shopping experience, featuring the work of 29 artists who are affiliated with one or more arts council programs. All of the work in the exhibit is for sale.

The Gallery builds on the success of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted @ the Breeders’ Cup Festival shop.

“Kentucky Crafted @ the Breeders’ Cup Festival was immensely popular, and we feel confident that adding that same kind of curated shopping experience to The Market will enhance what is already a high-quality exhibition of the best in Kentucky art and craft,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director.

Artists Sarah Spradlin and Tonya Vance, from Paris and Lexington, respectively, are both in their first year as Kentucky Crafted artists and will have work in The Kentucky Gallery.

“This is a fantastic opportunity and I was delighted and jumped on it immediately,” Spradlin said. “So many people go through The Market. It’s good for getting your name out. This is the best thing that could happen with Kentucky Crafted, to give us this wonderful exposure as artists.”

“I’m very excited and honored to be included in this group of artists,” Vance said. “I appreciate the opportunity to get my pieces out there, and for people coming to The Market to see them. It’s great exposure, especially after just being juried into Kentucky Crafted last year.”

In addition to adding a new element to Kentucky Crafted: The Market, The Kentucky Gallery gives an opportunity to Kentucky Crafted artists who would not ordinarily participate in The Market because of the wholesale requirement of booth exhibitors. It gives them the opportunity to see The Market at work from the side of the exhibitors.

“I don’t have enough work to sell wholesale and haven’t done a fair like that before, so this will be really nice to test the waters,” said Vance.

“What kept me from doing The Market as a booth exhibitor is I had been traveling and wasn’t ready to do wholesale,” said Spradlin. “The Kentucky Gallery is a great alternative for me, and I think it will help attract more fine artists to arts council and Kentucky Crafted.”

Also among the artists showing in The Kentucky Gallery is 2015 Governor’s Awards in the Arts honoree Linda Fifield of McKee. Fifield has been a Kentucky Crafted artist for several years, but has never shown at The Market.

“The Kentucky Gallery provides a new way to be represented at a quality art sales event in Kentucky,” Fifield said. “I'm delighted to share a space alongside so many of Kentucky’s most creative and hard-working artists and craftsmen.”

Artists participating in the Kentucky Gallery, listed by name, county and discipline, are:

•             Dobree Adams, Franklin, fibers

•             Wayne Bates, Calloway, ceramics

•             Bill Berryman, Clark, drawing

•             Robbie Cherry, Jefferson, jewelry

•             Gary Cooper, Cumberland, wood

•             Wendy Currier, Fayette, mixed media

•             Steve Davis-Rosenbaum, Fayette, ceramics

•             Louis DeLuca, Madison, woven rugs

•             Brad Devlin, Jefferson, mixed media

•             Wayne Ferguson, Jefferson, ceramics

•             Linda Fifield, Jackson, mixed media

•             Bruce Frank, Scott, photography

•             Lindsay Frost, Jefferson, wood

•             Joanne Hobbs, Nelson, feather trees

•             John Keeton, Clark, wood

•             Eva King, Calloway, paper collage

•             Lori Larusso, Fayette, painting

•             Marco Logsdon, Fayette, painting

•             Robert Love, Fayette, mixed media

•             Joe Molinaro, Fayette, ceramics

•             Joanne Price, Shelby, printmaking

•             Jennifer Reis, Rowan, fibers

•             Patricia Ritter, Cumberland, painting and photography

•             Dianne Simpson, Barren, quilts

•             Sarah Spradlin, Bourbon, painting

•             Tonya Vance, Fayette, felted vessels

•             Jama Watts, Marion, jewelry

•             Russell Weedman, Whitley, painting

•             Maiken Ischiel Young, Trimble, fibers

Kentucky Crafted: The Market is the arts council’s signature event featuring the highest quality art, craft, literature, music and food found in the state. Dozens of Kentucky Crafted and select out-of-state artists, musicians and artisanal food producers make their finest work available to the general public during the two-day event.

The Market will be 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 5 and 10 a.m.-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 and are $10 for one day or $15 for two days. Children 15 and under 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. In 2016 the arts council celebrates the 50th anniversary of its establishment by the Kentucky General Assembly.

(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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