FRANKFORT, Ky. — Music, art, hands-on activities and exhibits combine to create a one-of-a-kind arts experience for visitors to Kentucky Crafted: The Market March 2-3 at the Lexington Convention Center.

More than 200 artists, musicians and artisanal food producers will be on hand at The Market, the Kentucky Arts Council's signature wholesale and retail showcase that features thousands of Kentucky-made items for sale to the general public. All activities and exhibits at The Market are included with the price of admission.

"Kentucky Crafted: The Market really is a celebration of the arts in Kentucky, and we invite you to join us," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "There's something for everyone at The Market – from art, craft, food, literature and music to hands-on activities and special exhibits. It's a great way to spend the weekend."

Market visitors will find fine art and craft from artists who are participants in the arts council's Kentucky Crafted Program. Paintings, jewelry, prints, pottery, glasswork, furniture, sculpture, woodwork, photography, fashion, purses, journals and more are available on The Market retail floor.

Music lovers will want to make sure to stop by the Kentucky Stage. Some of the state's best-loved musicians and performers offer sounds to satisfy a variety of musical interests, including bluegrass, Celtic, blues, pop, world and more. The Kentucky Stage features artists from the arts council's Performing Arts Directory.

Children and adults alike can participate in hands-on activities offered by area arts organizations. Repurpose T-shirts into beaded market bags with the Living Arts and Science Center on Saturday; or learn the process of wet-felting on Sunday. Children can take a swing on The Explorium's cool paint pendulum to create art while learning about the laws of physics.

The arts council also presents "Made to be Played," a special exhibition of the art and tradition of Kentuckians who are masters in the making and repairing of guitars, fiddles, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers and other stringed instruments.

Learn about the artwork of Kentucky's architectural artists who work closely with architects, designers, builders and individual clients to create unique, custom fixtures for homes and businesses. Participating artists have been adjudicated into the arts council's Architectural Artists Directory.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market is open to the general public March 2-3 at the Lexington Convention Center, 430 W. Vine St., Lexington. The Market hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

Advance tickets can be purchased online until Feb. 27. One-day tickets are $8 online, $10 at the door. Two-day tickets are $12 online, $15 at the door. Children 15 and younger are admitted free of charge with a paying adult. For more information, visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KentuckyArt/2013Market.htm.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities 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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