FRANKFORT, Ky. — Nearly 30 new exhibitors will make their way to Kentucky Crafted: The Market, March 7-9 at the Lexington Convention Center, offering new product choices for wholesale buyers and anyone interested in fine art and craft, literature, music and regional food products.

Thirteen Kentucky Crafted Program exhibitors will make work available including photography, pottery, handmade hats, fine woodwork, bath and body products, jewelry, baskets and more, at the Kentucky Arts Council's 32nd annual show.

"We have some very exciting new Kentucky Crafted artists who will be exhibiting at The Market this year," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "Joining us will be the first milliner who has been adjudicated into the Kentucky Crafted program, artists who have received Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships, and a basket maker whose work is in the Smithsonian's permanent collection."

Kentucky Crafted artists who will exhibit at The Market for the first time are:

  • Kathleen Conroy, Art by Kathy Conroy, Pleasureville
  • Alexey Stiop, BigEye Photography, Georgetown
  • Diana Smith Thomas and James Rich, BSpoken Designs, Georgetown
  • Rick Griebenow, Kentucky Ingrained, McKee
  • Richard Douglas Jr., Lehigh Valley Woodworking, Campbellsville
  • Roger Ballard, Paul Roger Ballard Photography, Versailles
  • Leslie Bowers, Peace of the Earth, Louisville
  • Sarah Havens, Sarah Havens Millinery, Louisville
  • Seth Green, Seth Green Pottery, Morehead
  • Fritz Wolff, Stone Fence Pottery, Nicholasville
  • Walt Roycraft, Walt Roycraft Photography, Nicholasville
  • Dean Hill, Dean Hill Photography, West Liberty
  • Jennifer Heller Zurick, baskets, Berea

The Kentucky Crafted Program is an adjudicated arts marketing assistance program for Kentucky's resident creators of art and craft. Program participants are the Commonwealth's only artists who are eligible to exhibit at Kentucky Crafted: The Market.

In addition, four businesses that create Kentucky Proud products will sell their locally made goods at The Market for the first time. New Kentucky Proud business exhibitors are:

  • Wize Guyz Foodz, sauces, Louisville
  • Hounds and Horses, pet treats, Georgetown
  • Righteous Roast Coffee Company, beverages, Paducah
  • Farmetta, beer cheese, Winchester

The Market program with a full list of exhibitors is available on the arts council's website.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market is open only to wholesale buyers on March 7. Buyers can register at the door with proper credentials. Doors are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 9. Ticket prices are $10 for one day; $15 for a two-day ticket. Children 15 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult.

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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