Kentucky Arts Council announces booth awards for Kentucky Crafted: The Market
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council recognized three exhibitors at the 33rd annual Kentucky Crafted: The Market for their outstanding booth presentations.
The Market is the 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 exhibited their work for sale March 7-8 at Lexington Convention Center.
Each year, the arts council gives three awards to exhibitors in the following categories: Best in Show, Best Booth Display and Excellence in Accessibility.
Morehead pottery artist Seth Green, owner of Seth Green Pottery, earned accolades as Best in Show.
"As I walked around The Market, I saw a lot of really well-designed booths with really great products, so I was surprised and honored to be chosen for this award," Green said. "I want my work to be viewed like it would be in a gallery setting, nice home or nice building. I’m trying to portray my work in a setting it might be in if someone were to purchase it."
Lexington photographer Mary S. Rezny, owner of MS Rezny Photography, took home the Best Booth Design award.
"The challenge was to design and build in a very limited space a clean gallery look that would best display my artwork," Rezny said. "I angled the walls and selected my best complementary artwork to be exhibited creating the open and inviting environment. Good lighting and white walls finished the presentation."
Pottery artist Anne Porter Elliott, owner of Anne Porter Elliott Pottery in Stamping Ground, received the Excellence in Accessibility award.
"I was really thrilled to get the Excellence in Accessibility award. It was a surprise since many artists do a good job of arranging their booths for accessibility," Elliott said. "The Kentucky Crafted Program has taught me a lot about booth design. I've tried to improve my booth through the years, keeping in mind what I learned in the workshops the Kentucky Crafted program offers."
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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||Best in Show Award:|
Seth Green of Seth Green Pottery in Morehead.
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From left, Ed Lawrence, Kentucky Arts Council arts marketing director; Mary S. Rezny of MS Rezny Photography in Lexington; and Lori Meadows, arts council executive director.
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Anne Porter Elliott of Anne Porter Elliott Pottery in Stamping Ground.
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