Arts Council
Dates set for 34th annual Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 07, 2015  
Contact Information:  Tom Musgrave
Communications Director
502-564-3757, ext. 489

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky art, craft, literature, music and artisan food will return to the Lexington Convention Center in March 2016 for the 34th edition of Kentucky Crafted: The Market, the Kentucky Arts Council’s signature arts event for wholesale buyers and the general public.

The Market will be March 5-6 at the Lexington Convention Center, 430 W. Vine St., Lexington. It will be open to registered wholesale buyers only on March 4.

Kentucky is one of few states in the nation to sponsor a show of this kind for its art and craft businesses. The Southeast Tourism Society has named it a Top 20 Event for more than 15 years.

“The Market is such a great opportunity for the public to see a wide variety of art, and to be able to take home original, Kentucky-made work,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “This is the largest gathering of Kentucky Crafted artists under one roof, and I guarantee there is something for everyone.”

Artists at The Market represent a broad cross section of disciplines. Market visitors will see paintings, sketches, wood carvings, unique furniture, sculpture, metalwork, literature, music and many other examples of art and craft made by artists in the Kentucky Crafted program and selected out-of-state artists. A variety of Kentucky Proud food vendors will also sell their culinary creations.

The Market also features performances by Kentucky music groups on the Kentucky Stage. Take a break from shopping at the artists’ booths, sit down and enjoy the sounds of bluegrass, blues, jazz and other distinctive Kentucky sounds.

The Market will be open to the public 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 5 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 6. Tickets are $10 for one day and $15 for both days. Children 15 years of age 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. The arts council, along with the NEA, is celebrating 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.

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