Kentucky Crafted: The Market offers variety of hands-on activities

2017webBanner (1)FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 23, 2017) — In addition to featuring dozens of the Kentucky Arts Council’s finest visual and craft artists, Kentucky Crafted: The Market, provides guests the opportunity to make and learn about art firsthand during the April 22-23 event at the Lexington Convention Center.

On Saturday and Sunday, Frankfort’s Josephine Sculpture Park, a perennial staple of The Market’s Hands-On Activities Area, invites guests to meet and work alongside artists to create their own works of art to take home or to contribute to a community sculpture project. Josephine Sculpture Park artists will collaborate with Joanne Price of Starpointe Studio in Bagdad, and Hound Dog Press in Louisville, to create a project that incorporates bookbinding and printmaking into the sculpture.

On Sunday, guests will enjoy Kentucky Historical Society activities. Families can examine a collection of artifacts related to Kentucky inventors, seeking inspiration to create their own inventions with paper straws, construction paper and tape; and draft patents to experience the whole invention process. Kentucky History Museum educators will be on hand to help young guests through problem solving and critical thinking.

Western Kentucky University’s Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology will make presentations on Saturday and Sunday of traditional Kentucky artists and activities related to their folk art forms. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., luthier Kris Patrick and musician Gary Stone of the Hindman School of Luthiery at the Appalachian Artisan Center will demonstrate how they make and play dulcimers and tell the story of dulcimer making in Hindman. On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hong Shao, a master performer on the pipa, a traditional Chinese lute-type instrument, will play and discuss the pipa and Chinese music, and also demonstrate Chinese martial arts and dance styles.

Those programs will be in the convention center’s Heritage Ballroom.

A new feature of the Hands-On Activities Area is Showcasing the Arts, which highlights members of the arts council’s Showcasing the Arts Directory. On Sunday at 2 p.m., musical duo Heath & Molly will perform and answer questions from guests about their music. At 3 p.m., Shao will perform with students from Georgetown’s Garth Elementary School Pipa Club. Showcasing the Arts will be in Elkorn Meeting Room C.

The Market doors open to the general public April 22-23. Hours for The Market are:

• April 22, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
• April 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door and are $12, with a $2 discount for seniors ages 62 and over, military members with identification and Kentucky state employees. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.

For more information on Kentucky Crafted: The Market, visit the arts council website.

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