FRANKFORT, Ky. — Producers of the state’s finest art, craft, literature and artisanal food products will set up shop March 1-3 at the Lexington Convention Center as participants of Kentucky Crafted: The Market. Tickets are on sale now for the Kentucky Arts Council’s signature arts marketplace, now in its 31st year.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market is the nation’s premiere state-sponsored arts marketplace for wholesale buyers and the general public. Artists exhibiting at Kentucky Crafted: The Market are juried participants in the arts council’s Kentucky Crafted Program.

“Kentucky is known and respected for being a state that is home to top-notch artisans,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “Artists in the Kentucky Crafted Program really are the state’s artistic ambassadors, and Kentucky Crafted: The Market brings together the best of the arts in our state under one roof.”

Kentucky Crafted: The Market offers buyers from galleries, shops and online retail venues across the nation the opportunity to select products from more than 200 exhibitors of fine art and craft, books, CDs and specialty foods. The Market is open exclusively to the trade on March 1.

On March 2-3, the marketplace opens to the public. Besides shopping for fine art and craft, visitors can enjoy musical performances, sample regional food products, participate in hands-on activities, and explore Kentucky traditions through special exhibits.

“The Market is a one-of-a-kind event where visitors can browse and purchase the highest quality fine art and craft produced in the Commonwealth,” said Lori Meadows, executive director of the arts council. “Last year’s event was a huge success, and we’re looking forward to building on that success this year.”

Discounted event tickets are currently available online. 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.

Craft from contemporary glass and over-the-top ceramics to jewelry, brooms and baskets, paintings from abstracts to pastoral landscapes, and books from modern short stories to poetry printed on a letterpress are just a few of the items available at The Market.

The Market also features two days of live music performances by some of the state’s most exciting acts on the Kentucky Stage. Blues, bluegrass, jazz, Americana and everything in between are on the lineup for this year’s show. Participating musicians are listed in the arts council’s Performing Arts Directory.

The annual award-winning wholesale-retail marketplace drew a crowd of more than 10,000 people in its four-day stint in Lexington in 2012. Visitors spent more than $750,000 at The Market that featured 115 Kentucky Crafted artists in addition to 59 other vendors from Kentucky and surrounding states.

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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