Kentucky Crafted: The Market, one of the oldest state-sponsored bazaars of its kind, is this weekend at the Lexington Convention Center.
Open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, the market will feature 203 exhibitors of visual art, jewelry, wearable art, home décor, bath and body, woodwork, toys and artisan foods.
There are nearly 30 first-time exhibitors, including world-renowned basketmaker Jennifer Heller Zurick of Berea, who has work in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.
There's also a wealth of live music to be heard, all played by Kentuckians. More than 30 performers representing 17 acts will play for the two days of the market.
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Featured this year are master musicians who perform with apprentices they have worked with through the Kentucky Arts Council's Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.
IF YOU GO
Kentucky Crafted: The Market
When: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 8; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 9. (March 7 is a wholesale trade-only day.)
Where: Lexington Convention Center, 430 W. Vine St.
Tickets: $10 for one day, $15 for two days, free for ages 15 and younger. Available at the door.
Learn more: Artscouncil.ky.gov.
LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE
Bob and Susie Hutchison, Celtic. 9 a.m.
Wulfe Brothers, popular. 10 a.m.
River City Drum Corps, drumline. 11 a.m.
Sue Massek with Erin Fitzgerald, folk. Noon.
Roger Cooper with Michael Garvin and Scott Miller, Appalachian. 1 p.m.
Carla Gover with Jeri Katherine Howell, Appalachian folk. 2 p.m.
John Edmonds with Devon Satterfield, gospel/pop. 3 p.m.
A Girl Named Earl, folkabilly. 4 p.m.
Art Mize, Americana/jazz. 5 p.m.
Mark Whitley Band, Americana. 6 p.m.
Marcus Wilkerson, singer/songwriter. 10 a.m.
Dale Pyatt, Americana. 11 a.m.
TDH4, Americana/jazz. Noon.
Hong Shao and Yuyao Ding, Chinese pipa. 1 p.m.
Joe Hudson and Steve Rector, thumbpicking guitar. 2 p.m.
Jay Flippin/Gordon Towell Jazz Duo with Elise Melrood, jazz. 3 p.m.
Kentucky Wildhorse, string band. 4 p.m.
Activities sponsored by Kentucky arts organizations begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. They include:
■ Create your own sculpture with artists from the Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort.
■ Learn about architecture and then create pop-up greeting cards with the Living Arts and Science Center of Lexington.
■ Explore the senses and create mixed-media artwork with the Explorium of Lexington.
■ Create a collage character in the style of children's book author Eric Carle with the Louisville Visual Art Association.
The arts council has assembled select portions of three traveling exhibits to display together for the first time. Works from the following shows will be at the Market:
Identity: Work by Kentucky artists with disabilities.
Uncommon Wealth: Work celebrating 30 years of the arts council's Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship program.
The Makings of a Master: Kentucky Folk Arts Apprenticeships: Work exploring the relationship between master artists and their apprentices through artifacts, videos and activities.
Architectural artists exhibit: Large-scale work by adjudicated participants of the arts council's Architectural Artists Directory, who create work for renovations and installations in homes and businesses. Artists include Don Ament, Dan Neil Barnes, Brad Connell, Amanda Matthews, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Helene Steene, Ben Mansur, Cynthia Carr, Teresa Howard, James Jones, Guy Kemper, Karine and Matthew Maynard and David Shadwick.
BY THE NUMBERS
1. Number of milliners in the show: Sarah Havens of Louisville.
2. Number of artists who have exhibited every year since the Market began in 1982: Melvin Rowe, who operates Pottery Rowe in Louisville, and Tim Hall, of Tim Hall Woodcarvings in Ravenna.
6. Number of states represented besides Kentucky. Thirty-seven artists representing programs similar to Kentucky Crafted were invited from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee.
16. Number of years the Southeast Tourism Society has named The Market a top-20 event in the Southeast.
29. Number of new exhibitors at the show.
44. Number of Kentucky counties represented at the Market.
$2 million. The economic activity that the show said it generated last year.