Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Kentucky Crafted: The Market will take place March 1-4 at a new venue in its original hometown, the Lexington Convention Center. The arts marketplace, which debuted in 1981 at the Kentucky Horse Park, returns to Lexington after a long run at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
The state-sponsored wholesale/retail arts show produced by the Kentucky Arts Council generates more than $1 million annually in product sales. Visitors this year will find 181 exhibitors and can shop for paintings, prints, jewelry, wearable art, home decor, furniture and artisan foods along with commonwealth-related books and CDs.
The Kentucky Stage will feature 15 live music performances by Arts Council’s Performing Arts Directory members as well as work- shops and hands-on activities ranging from gospel singing and creative writing to fabric dyeing, weaving, drumming and dance.
As always, the first two days are for wholesale trade and open only to qualified business owners of retail venues. This typically attracts 300 to 400 buyers from 15 to 20 states. On March 3-4, the public has its turn to buy new work before it hits store shelves or gallery walls.