In recognition of long-term dedication to personal craft development and an exemplary level of accomplishment, three artisans are now designated Kentucky Crafted Emeritus honorees and granted lifetime honorary juried participant status by the Craft Marketing Program, (KCMP) a division of the Kentucky Arts Council.
Lindy Casebier, Executive Director of Arts and Humanities for the Commerce Cabinet presented the recipients with a certificate signed by Governor Ernie Fletcher during an invitation only, “Collectors Preview”, March 4, 2005, as part of Kentucky Crafted: The Market, 2005, at Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, Louisville.
The Kentucky artisans/craft businesses honored are as follows: Life Celebrations Art Design Studio, (James and Deborah Greene), LaGrange; Warren A. May, Woodworker, (Warren A. May), Berea; and Marie Hochstrasser, fiber artists, Lexington. “I am totally honored and deeply appreciative! I have always been more interested and energized to help make things happen in the arts for everybody. I am really touched by your committee's generosity and support,” said Marie Hochstrasser.
Nominations were made by juried participants in the Craft Marketing Program. Selections were based on several criteria, including quality of work, juried participant status in the Craft Marketing Program for ten or more consecutive years, state and national awards or honors, and a significant record of contribution to the craft community in other areas. Honorary members are eligible for all Program activities without the need to jury their work, or resubmit new work in future years.
”This recognition helps meet our goals for honoring long-term participants in the craft community for their many accomplishments and the support they provide to the state’s continuing craft heritage through their personal art and volunteer work,” says Fran Redmon, Craft Marketing Program director.
The Kentucky Craft Marketing Program is a division of the Kentucky Arts Council, a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet, Commonwealth of Kentucky. For more information, call 888 KY CRAFT (592-7238), local calls, (502) 564-8076, or visit the Program's web site at www.kycraft.ky.gov.
Editors Note: (All previous winners listed below)
Since 1981, the Craft Marketing Program's mission is to develop the state's craft industry, support and empower Kentucky artisans and craftspeople, create an economically viable environment for craft entrepreneurs, preserve the state's craft traditions, stimulate and support product development, and generate public awareness, public support and public/private partnerships.
The Program provides assistance to Kentucky residents, individuals, or groups wanting to develop as craft professionals through economic opportunities and training, to other outside entities (e.g., craft retailers, craft and art organizations, community and government agencies), and the general public. The craft industry in Kentucky contributes 252 million dollars in annual sales and Kentucky is recognized as a model state for its craft programs and its role in the $14 billion national craft industry.
PREVIOUS KENTUCKY CRAFTED EMERITUS
David & Donna Glenn
David Appalachian Crafts
Kentucky Hills Industries
Red Bird Mission Crafts
Mary & Robin Reed
Lestel & Ollie Childress
Alma Lesch (posthumously)
L-R: Gerri Combs (KAC Director); Deborah and James Greene, (fiber artists); Marie Hochstrasser (fiber artist); Warren A. May (woodworker); and Fran Redmon ( KCMP Director).