Craft Marketing Program
Nationally Recognized Lexington Gallery Celebrates 25 Years in Craft Sales
Frankfort, Kentucky - Kathy and Mike Stutland will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their retail store, Artique, a fine art and craft gallery in Lexington, Kentucky, with a reception on Sunday, September 25th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. (EDT). Conceived as a venue for co-owner Kathy Stutland's hand-painted batiks, the Stutlands developed the idea of promoting fine American crafts.
Since 1980, Mike and Kathy Stutland have nurtured this vision from a small boutique into a nationally renowned, full-spectrum fine contemporary American craft gallery. The store, which began in an 850-square-foot space in the downtown Lexington Civic Center, now fills a 4,500-square-foot space. And in 1996, a second store, Artique - Lexington Green, was opened in The Mall at Lexington Green.
“We got involved in the crafts world because it gave us a lot of joy to provide a marketplace showcasing the artistic endeavors of so many talented people. It is very satisfying to be a part of this creative community", says Mike. And while Stutland represents nearly 1000 craft artists from all over the country, he has a particular affinity for Kentucky artisans.
“Mike represents Kentucky craft in so many ways – as a retailer with a national reputation, through his leadership and vision for the local and statewide arts community, and his strong personal relationship with the state’s many talented artisans”, says Fran Redmon, program director for the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, a division of the Kentucky Arts Council, Commerce Cabinet.
Artique has been awarded the Top 100 Retailer (for the seventh year) by Niche Magazine, a national industry publication (www.nichemag.com). In 2004, Artique was voted the “Best Gallery” in Kentucky by readers of Kentucky Monthly Magazine and in 1998, Artique received the Leadership Achievement Award from the city of Lexington, Kentucky.
Many events are planned to celebrate the Stutlands’ awards and their 25 years of business. Events are free and open to the public and will be held at the Lexington Green, 161 Lexington Green Circle and the downtown location at the Civic Center
410 W. Vine Street, Lexington.
For a listing of scheduled of events and more information, visit www.artiquegallery.com.
Editors Note: (events listed below)
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.
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.
Artique’s Planned Events
Now through the Holidays--Churchill Weavers Trunk Show at both locations - View Churchill's complete line of throws and wearable art. Register to win a Churchill Weavers throw with any Artique purchase.
September 23-25--Native American Jewelry and Art Show - Debbie Maloney from Two White Hats in Texas will show an extensive collection of jewelry, pottery, Indian fetishes, and other works of Art from more than 50 talented native American Craftsmen. Register to win a beautiful piece of jewelry with any purchase from her collection
September 25 -25th Anniversary Celebration-- Reception from 5pm to 8pm. DON’T MISS IT!. Many fun activities planned for this event.
Sept. 30-Oct. 1--Nourot Blown Glass Show - Meet Michael Nourot and Ann Corcoran of Nourot Studios in California. They will be bringing some special pieces from their internationally known collection.
Oct. 7 through the Holidays-- Botanical Art and Jewelry Show - both locations. Special demonstration at Lexington Green by artist Michael Michaud of Silver Seasons in New York State. See his wonderful collection of jewelry and table art. Also register to win a beautiful jewelry ensemble. Receive a special gift with purchase of their work. Details at store.
Oct. 14-15--Elaine Tse- Jewelry Designer from Philadelphia, PA - Artist demonstrations. Must see Elaine’s fabulous collection of semi-precious and precious stone and delicate 14Kt and sterling silver jewelry. Register to win a beautiful necklace and earring set with any purchase.
Oct. 21-23--Equine Art Show - Meet Equine artist Dawn Trinkler of Kansas and watch this talented finger-painting artist create her special work. Other artists featured in this show include Lexington’s own Dacelle Peckler and her popular bailing wire horse sculptures. Register to win one of Dawn’s unique finger-painted horse works of art with any Artique purchase.
Oct. 28-29--Amber Jewelry Show - both locations. Amber by Graciana from California will have an extensive collective of their amber jewelry. This is a very popular repeat show at Artique. Register to win a collectible piece of amber jewelry with any purchase from this exciting collection.
Nov. 4-11--Glass Week - DON’T MISS IT!. Glass blowing demonstrations by nationally known Will Dexter from Taylor Backus Glass in Philadelphia, PA and Lucy Bergamini of Vermont. Also we will showcase local glass artists Dan Barns, Ashley Watson, Michelle Weston and Kaleidoscope artist. Glass lovers come see their colorful works of art.
Nov. 18-19--Artful Home Show - A lamp show from nationally renowned Hoosin Glass Studio in Chicago and a weaving demonstration by Berea’s own Churchill Weavers. Register to win a beautiful one-of-a-kind lamp from Hoosin Glass Studio with any Artique purchase.
Nov. 25-27--Holiday Art Show - Teacup Fairy Artist Susan Snodgrass from Baltimore, MD, one-of-a-kind Teddy Bears by Judy Geagley from Kentucky, Zemi Glass from Ohio, just to name a few. Great event to start your Holiday shopping at Artique.
Dec. 2-3--Color Gemstone Jewelry - Showcase of work by designer Philip Zahm. Rare, very high quality precious gem jewelry in 18kt gold and platinum.
Dec. 9-10--Holiday Jewelry Show - Featuring nationally known jewelry designers including Tom Kruskal from Maine, Zina Jewelry from California, Echo of the Dreamer from New York City, and more