Arts Council Helps Artists Develop Products for Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Arts Council, with funding from the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, has awarded over $6,000 to date in Product Development Grants for artists to create special Lincoln-themed products commemorating the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth in Kentucky. Artists participating in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted™ Program who already have products relevant to the Lincoln era have also been invited to participate. These unique, high-quality products include hand-crafted items that are historic replicas; commemorative pieces; and prints and note cards produced from original artwork.
Visitors to the upcoming Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Inaugural Celebration on February 12, 2008 in Hodgenville will have the first chance to see and buy many of the products. There will also be a Lincoln Showcase featuring the collection at Kentucky Crafted: The Market on March 8-9, 2008 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
Lincoln products will be sold later in retail venues across Kentucky, including but not limited to the Lincoln Museum in Hodgenville, selected Kentucky State Parks gift shops, the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, and the 1792 Store at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort.
The following is a list of the products that have been developed and will be available for sale beginning February 12, 2008:
Lincoln’s Boyhood Home is a ceramic cabin with removable lid, allowing for storage inside.
Dimensions: 7” x 4” x 5”
Artist: Marianne Brown, Lawrenceburg, Ky.
Lincoln Sites Note Cards and Prints from photographs of historic sites in Kentucky related to Lincoln.
Dimensions: Note cards 4” x 5”, Prints 3” x 5” – 12” x 18”
Price: Note cards - $2.50, $12.95/set of 6 Prints - $12-$125
Artist: Carol Shutt, Hillsboro, Ky.
Fabric Tote Bags with photo transfer images of historic Lincoln sites.
Dimensions: 16” x 18”
Artist: Patricia Brock, Louisville, Ky.
Lincoln Portrait is a limited edition print from original contemporary painting.
Dimensions: 11” x 17”
Artist: John Haywood, Louisville, Ky.
Lincoln Collage features a map of Kentucky, drawings of Lincoln and family members, and site markings important to Lincoln and his family.
Dimensions: Print - 16” x 20” Note cards 5 ½ ” x 8 ½ ”
Price: Original $1,000, Prints $50, Note cards $6
Artist: Kathleen O’Brien, Harrodsburg, Ky.
Wooden Toy Boats and Limberjack Toy are reproductions of toys popular during the Lincoln era.
Dimensions: Boats - 8” x 2” x 3” Limberjack - 20” x 6” x 3”
Price: Boats - $21 Limberjack - $20
Artist: Curran Copeland, Cadiz, Ky.
Bicentennial Mugs are hand-thrown mugs, imprinted with the Lincoln Bicentennial logo in relief.
Dimensions: 4” x 3 ½ “ diameter
Artist: Mitchell Rickman, Bowling Green
Quilted Wall Hanging is a quilted fiber-art piece with Lincoln top hat motifs in the stitching.
Dimensions: 15” x 15”
Artist: J. Carr DeWitt, Owenton, Ky.
Braided Wool Rugs are reproductions of the kind that would have been made during the Lincoln era.
Dimensions: 2’ x 3’, 2’ x 4’, Custom sizes available
Prices: $250, $325
Artist: Elizabeth Brown, Mt. Sterling, Ky.
Cotton Rugs are historical reproductions adapted from the antique rag carpets, commonly know as rag rugs today. These rugs are produced from new cotton fabrics for added durability.
Dimensions: 2 ½ ‘ x 4’ - 4’ x 6’ and larger, Runners also available
Prices: $110 and up
Artist: Harriet Giles, Lexington, Ky.
Bicentennial Julep Cups are pewter, engraved with the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial logo.
Dimensions: 3 ½ “ x 3”
Artist: Ken Gastineau, Berea, Ky.
Bicentennial Key Chains are cast pewter, carrying the Lincoln Bicentennial logo.
Dimension: 1” x 2”
Artist: Ken Gastineau, Berea, KY
Iron and Copper Ladle and Iron Meat Fork are hand-crafted in the traditional style from Lincoln’s era.
Dimensions: Ladle: 15” stem with 3” diameter ladle
Fork: 14” stem with 1 ½” spacer between two prongs
Price: Ladle: $100 Fork: $60
Artist: Layne Hendrickson, Benton, Ky.
Handloom Weavings based upon Nancy Hanks weaving drafts, in different sizes and colors.
Dimensions: 14” x 16”, 14” x 30”, 14” x 36”
Prices: $45, $75, $90
Artist: Norma Jean Campbell
Lincoln Bicentennial Scarf is a silk scarf printed with an Abraham Lincoln quotation from the Gettysburg Address.
Size: 60” x 11”
Artist: Design commissioned by Kentucky Arts Council
Designer: Kathleen O’Brien
Contact : Rachel Rasnick, 502-564-3757
On February 12, Kentuckians can be a part of history during the official kick-off ceremonies for the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville. This event is free and open to the public. The inaugural program begins at 10:30 a.m. EST, but the site will be open to the public beginning at 7 a.m. Bus transportation will be provided and public parking is available.
Featured guests are First Lady Laura Bush, Governor Steven L. Beshear, Pulitzer-Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Sam Waterston, best known for his television role as an attorney on Law and Order. The American Spiritual Ensemble and Saxton's Cornet Band will provide music.
Kentucky's Abraham Lincoln, the KHS HistoryMobile exhibit, will debut at the event before traveling across the state. Representatives from Kentucky's Lincoln sites and Lincoln-related merchandise and art will also be available.
The Kentucky Arts Council is a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet that creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
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The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, invests in programs that develop vibrant communities, provide lifelong education in the arts and support arts participation. Every $1 in grant funds awarded by the Kentucky Arts Council helps grantees secure $15 in earned income and matching funds from individuals, philanthropic sources and other levels of government.