The Kentucky Crafted Market will move to a new location, the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, March 2-4, after several years in Lexington. If you’re a retail business owner, architect, interior designer or if you purchase corporate gifts for your company, you’ll want to take advantage of the wholesale-only hours for most of March 2.
The Market is the Kentucky Arts Council’s premier marketing event of Kentucky artistry produced each year. The show features the highest quality art, craft, literature, music and food found in the state. Nearly 200 Kentucky Crafted and select out-of-state artists, musicians and artisanal food producers make their finest work available to wholesale buyers and the general public during the three-day event.
Wholesale buyers have the rare opportunity at The Market to place orders directly with producers of Kentucky traditional and contemporary fine art and craft, as well as publishers of Kentucky-related books and specialty food products.
New for 2018 is an expanded access to public retail shoppers, who will gain entry late in the day March 2. This is the first time in Market history the event will be open to the general public all three days. Shoppers can find fine art and craft from Kentucky’s most extraordinary artists, participate in hands-on arts educational activities, or take a break at the Kentucky Stage music festival, featuring some of the state’s best-loved musicians and performers.
Kentucky is one of a few states in the nation to sponsor a show of this kind for its art and craft businesses. Its 35-year tradition of excellence has not gone unnoticed. The Kentucky Crafted Market was named the No. 1 Fair & Festival in the country four times by readers of AmericanStyle magazine. The Southeast Tourism Society has named it a Top 20 Event for 15 years.