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Kentucky artists to gather in Louisville March 2-4 for 36th annual Kentucky Crafted Market

The best opportunity to purchase Kentucky artwork will be when the largest number of Kentucky artists gather for the 36th Kentucky Crafted Market, March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

The Market is the Kentucky Arts Council’s signature event for Kentucky Crafted artists to display and sell their work to a broad base of retail shoppers and wholesale buyers. Nearly 200 Kentucky Crafted and selected out-of-state artists will be represented at The Market.

March 2 includes designated hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., for registered buyers to place wholesale orders directly with artists at The Market. The wholesale hours are open exclusively to those buyers, which can include businesses like craft galleries, bookstores, clothing stores, home furnishing stores, gift shops, interior design firms, music stores and other businesses that want to sell Kentucky art and craft.

Following wholesale hours, The Market will be open to the public, 5-8 p.m., the first time in Market history that the public has been able to visit the event on Friday.

“Though Friday has traditionally been open only to registered wholesale buyers, we thought providing public hours would be a good way for participating artists to start the weekend, and allow the public to get a sneak preview of this fabulous event before it comes into full bloom on Saturday,” said Chris Cathers, arts council interim executive director.

Returning to The Market for the seventh consecutive year is the Kentucky Stage, a daily showcase of Kentucky musicians from the arts council’s Performing Artists Directory. Seventeen acts from a diverse array of genres will perform live all day March 3 and again on March 4.

This edition of The Market will also feature an exhibit by the Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project. Photographers whose work will be on exhibit include Bob Hower, Bill Burke, Ted Wathen, Zed Saeed, Sarah Lyon and Ross Gordon. It will also include work by a corps of photographers shooting for the Farm Security Administration from 1935-43, Ben Shahn, John Vachon and Marion Post Wolcott. Images in this exhibit attempt to create a visual record of contemporary Kentucky history, from the Great Depression through modern times.

The Market doors open to the general public March 2-4. Hours for The Market are:

• March 2, 5-8 p.m.
• March 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
• March 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Advanced discounted tickets are available online. Tickets at the door are $10, with a $2 discount for Kentucky state employees, seniors 62 and over and military members with identification. Public admission on Friday is $5.

From Kentucky Arts Council

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