FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Crafted: The Market, March 7-8 at Lexington Convention Center, is known for being the only place the public can see so many Kentucky artists together and purchase their work. The Kentucky Arts Council also provides several other activities at The Market that celebrate creativity in the Commonwealth.
New to The Market in 2015 is "Music Scenes," an exhibit that examines the relationship between visual art and music. This exhibit is located near the Kentucky Stage, allowing Market guests to see artists' interpretations of music in visual form while listening to the variety of musical acts that will perform on the Kentucky Stage.
Members of the arts council's Architectural Artists Directory will showcase their most creative concepts in the Ideas Gallery. This exhibit is ideal for homeowners and business owners interested in adding a unique aesthetic to their homes or places of work. Browsing this exhibit will give guests a taste of the vision these artists can bring to any project.
The "Kentucky Bourbon: Distillation and Inspiration" exhibit gives a glimpse into the world of Kentucky's 200-year-old bourbon tradition as well as a look at the unique artisan products it has inspired including bourbon-flavored foods, beautiful bourbon-themed publications, bourbon barrel furniture and more. This exhibit is presented by the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Throughout the two days of The Market, guests are encouraged to pick up a brush and add color to a mural created by Bowling Green artist Andee Rudloff in celebration of 2015 as the Year of the Arts. The mural commemorates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the arts council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The work will be painted in the glass hallway adjacent to Elkhorn Meeting Room D of the Lexington Convention Center. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate.
In addition to the anniversary mural, The Market will also feature other hands-on activities.
Add your mark to the Community Fingerprint Mural, sponsored by the Explorium of Lexington. This mural represents the Lexington skyline, with Market guests invited to add their own touches to the work in the distinct style of pointillism.
Color is art, but it is also science. The Living Arts & Science Center's "Discovery Exhibit: The Nature of Color" teaches Market guests about the color spectrum. Visitors can manipulate prisms, look through spectroscopes and create colored and patterned papers through traditional paper marbling techniques, used to make stationery, note cards, bookmarks and collage material.
Market visitors can contribute a message in a bottle to the Josephine Sculpture Park community sculpture project "Magellan." The messages can be poems, letters, drawings, photographs, small collages, or simple sculptures using paper, pipe cleaners and other materials to insert in the bottle. Once complete, the bottles will become part of a large outdoor sculpture that will take the form of a ship.
Take the opportunity to get close to a living Kentucky tradition by visiting the Kentucky Folklife Program and Western Kentucky University Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology exhibit "Getting in Touch with Kentucky Traditions." On March 7, Justin Roberts, of Murray, will demonstrate willow furniture making. On March 8, Cheryl Pan, of Lexington, will share dance traditions from Lexington's Chinese-American community. Each artist will tell stories and encourage visitor participation in learning more about the traditions associated with each activity.
The Market will be 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 7 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 8 at the Lexington Convention Center. Admission is $10 for one day or $15 for both. On March 7, University of Kentucky men's basketball game ticketholders can purchase Market tickets for $7 by presenting their game ticket or ticket stub. Children 15 and under are admitted free to The Market with a paying adult.
For more information on this and other features of The Market, download the official Kentucky Crafted: The Market program from the arts council's website.
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.
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