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Kentucky Arts Council accepting applications for Kentucky Crafted program through Aug. 15

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Kentucky Crafted program through Aug. 15.

 The adjudicated arts marketing program provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through networking, promotional and sales opportunities and arts business training. Carrying the Kentucky Crafted brand is a symbol of artistic excellence in the Commonwealth. Artists who use the...

Nine new artists juried into Kentucky Art’s Council’s Kentucky Crafted arts marketing program

Lakshmi Sriraman of Lexington built a career as a performer and teacher of classical Indian dancing, but in February 2017 she added another layer to her artistry when she started painting. “Vibrations” by Lakshmi Sriraman of Lexington, one of nine artists recently juried into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program. (Image from Kentucky Arts Council) Sriraman split her time between...

Arts Council announces August 15 deadline for applications for Kentucky Crafted Program

Louisville artist Lynn Dunbar achieved a unique distinction earlier this year when she was selected to be the artist for the officially licensed Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks posters. Dunbar earned that commission through her affiliation with the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program. Kentucky Crafted is an adjudicated arts marketing program that provides assistance to Kentucky visual...

Governor’s Derby Celebration at Old State Capitol to feature exhibits by 16 Kentucky Crafted artists

Sixteen Kentucky artists will exhibit and sell their work during the Governor’s Derby Celebration, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5, on the lawn of the Old State Capitol. The chosen artists represent a diverse sampling of more than 350 artists in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program, an adjudicated program that provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through marketing and...

Kentucky Crafted Market hands-on activities area offers visitors chance to make and share art

Make your own instrument, add your unique touch to a collaborative collage and learn the art of paper sculpture. These and other fun projects are available in The Kentucky Crafted Market’s Hands-On Activities area, March 3-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Although The Market annually showcases dozens of the state’s finest visual and craft artists, the Hands-On Activities area...

Seventeen Kentucky artists will have work displayed in Capitol Annex during legislative session

The work of 17 Kentucky artists will grace the hallways of the Capitol Annex during the legislative session. The Kentucky Arts Council exhibit “Kentucky Visions at the Capitol” will be on display 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through April 6 at the Annex. The exhibit features 55 individual pieces by Kentucky Crafted artists, Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship recipients and members...

State Arts Council now accepting applications for Kentucky Crafted marketing program

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Kentucky Crafted program through Sept. 14. The adjudicated arts marketing program provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through networking, promotional and sales opportunities and arts business training. Carrying the Kentucky Crafted brand is a symbol of artistic excellence in the Commonwealth. Artists who use the brand...

Kentucky Proud vendors contribute distinctive flavor to Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Guests at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, set for April 22-23 at the Lexington Convention Center, are sure to find unique items from the best visual and craft artists in the state. While visitors peruse the artwork on display in the exhibition hall, they can also enjoy tasty food products from Kentucky Proud vendors, like Lexington’s Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream. A perennial favorite among...

Work produced by 24 Kentucky artists on display in the Capitol Annex through March 31

The work of 24 Kentucky artists will grace the hallways of the Capitol Annex through March 31. The Kentucky Arts Council exhibit “Kentucky Visions at the Capitol” will be on display 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from Feb. 7 through March 31 at the Annex. The exhibit features 58 individual pieces by Kentucky Crafted artists and Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship recipients. “Longtime...

State’s ‘Give a Gift Made in Kentucky’ is underway; features rich variety of work by in-state artists

The Kentucky Arts Council, with the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, has launched the 2016 “Give a Gift Made in Kentucky”campaign. The campaign, which features a variety of work by Kentucky-based artists, will run through Dec. 31. Artists in Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted, Architectural Artists and Performing Artists directories as well as Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship...

Lexington artists among 19 selected for Kentucky Arts Council’s Crafted Program

Lexington screenprinting artists Sara and Brian Turner have been creating art together since meeting at the University of Kentucky in 1998. In 2003 they opened Cricket Press, and this year they will be able to add the distinction of the Kentucky Crafted brand to their body of work. The Turners are among 19 artists who were selected for Kentucky Crafted, the Kentucky Arts Council’s adjudicated...

‘Give a Gift Made in Kentucky’ campaign launches; features variety of work by Kentucky-based artists

The Kentucky Arts Council, with the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, has launched the 2015 Give a Gift Made in Kentucky campaign. The campaign, which features a variety of work by Kentucky-based artists, will run through Dec. 31. Artists in Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted and Architectural Artist Directory will feature their studios, galleries and shops for holiday open houses and...

‘Shop small’ efforts, including Small Business Saturday, are helping revitalize downtowns

First there was Black Friday, followed by Cyber Monday. Then, in 2010, the first Small Business Saturday took place the first weekend after Thanksgiving – and today it has grown into a national movement in support of small businesses and the shop small movement, a grassroots effort to drive shoppers to local merchants.   This year, Small Business Saturday will be Nov. 29, the highlight of many...

Kentucky Crafted: The Market brings in more than $2 million to Lexington economy in 2013

Kentucky Crafted Program artists and other exhibitors who showcased work at Kentucky Crafted: The Market earlier this year generated economic activity in the city of Lexington surpassing $2 million, according to analysis compiled and conducted by the Kentucky Arts Council.   Kentucky Crafted: The Market is the arts council’s annual event produced in early spring featuring the highest quality...

Kentucky Crafted Program adds 21 new artists after an independent jury’s recommendation

Sample of work by Alexey Stiop at BigEye Photography (Photo by Alexey Stiop)   Twenty-one Kentucky artists have been accepted into the Kentucky Crafted Program, the Kentucky Arts Council’s marketing assistance program that supports artisans by providing opportunities to expand their professional careers and market reach.   Artists are adjudicated into the program based on artistic...

See KY: With state’s longest riverfront, Meade has spectacular views and adventure aplenty

Along the Ohio River in Meade County (Photo from Kentucky Tourism)   By Kathy Witt Special to KyForward   You’re standing in Brandenburg Riverfront Park, drinking in one of the most spectacular views the Ohio River shoreline has to offer. Feel that stress from the workaday world slipping away? That’s the magic of Meade County.   Established in 1823 and located 46 miles southwest...