Arts Council welcomes artists new to Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2015

It’s definitely crunch time. Kentucky Crafted: The Market is this weekend! Nowhere in Kentucky, let alone the nation, will you find such a convergence of high-quality art, craft, literature, music and food.

With approximately 200 artists exhibiting at Kentucky Crafted: The Market at the Lexington Convention Center, retailers have the unique opportunity to purchase items from the largest gathering of Kentucky-based artists under one roof.

alisha Among exhibitors are several who will be showing at The Market for the first time. One of those includes Georgetown resident Alisha Martin, owner of The Bad Button Bespoke Corsets, who learned the art of corsetry from studying museum pieces and through “copious amounts of trial and error.”

“Because corsetry is such a rare craft, many corsetieres are self-taught,” she says.

“Corsetry is a dying art, something that even couture fashion houses have to contract out to artists for their exclusive lines,” Martin says. “As the only professional corset maker working full time in Kentucky, I have dedicated my career to both regaining the lost skills and creating new innovations in the field. As such, I focus on creating both the ultimate in the luxury textile experience, but also a piece that is comfortably molded to the intended wearer’s unique body structure.”

Martin’s work has appeared in numerous runway shows and magazines.

plummerPrintmaker Chris Plummer, owner of Chris Plummer Art, has been exhibiting his work since 1999. He began studying graphic design at Northern Kentucky University, but his artistic direction changed his sophomore year when he took an introduction to printmaking class.

“I realized I wanted to spend the rest of my life creating art and making prints,” the Niagara resident says.

Plummer has been in the Kentucky Crafted program since 2013. He has work on exhibit in the offices of Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and has earned accolades at several art festivals and fairs.

“I am an original artist whose work stands out within the field of printmakers,” Plummer says. “I bring my unique perspective to each print, whether creating narrative bodies of work or moody, somewhat abstract landscapes.”

Plummer is looking forward to showing his new line of monoprints, which are mostly of Western Kentucky landscapes.

plasterQuilter Brenda Plaster of Lawrenceburg has been quilting for about 10 years. She began as a home-based business while being a caregiver for a family member. Her business, Spool & Bobbin Quilting, has grown, as has her passion for her craft.

“Traditional quilt block designs, some of them hundreds of years old, are the basis of my work,” Plaster says. “The quilt may have a more contemporary feel due to fabrics used, block placement and other elements, but I like its lineage to be present. I also enjoy creating quilts with themes (butterflies, ballerinas, sports, holidays, etc.) and making memory quilts, in which photographs, artwork, letters, and ephemera are used.”

Plaster has designed for and been published by several quilting magazines and fabric companies. She does commission work and has quilts on sale at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

The Market is open exclusively to retail buyers March 6 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Buyers can also register at the door the day of the event and must bring two forms of business identification to complete registration. For more information about registration requirements, visit the Kentucky Arts Council’s website.

Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of becoming officially designated as a Kentucky Crafted Retailer? Come to The Market and find out how you can participate in statewide promotional campaigns, increase your web presence and let customers know you carry merchandise known for quality craftsmanship and artistic excellence. Get started on becoming a Kentucky Crafted Retailer today! We’ll have information at Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2015, March 6-8 at Lexington Convention Center, to get you signed up and to answer your questions.

The Market was chosen as the #1 Fair & Festival by readers of AmericanStyle Magazine four years in a row. It has been named a Top 10 Event by Kentucky Tourism Council and a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. The general public is invited to Kentucky Crafted: The Market on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8.

Come to the beautiful Convention Center and enjoy all that downtown Lexington has to offer. Ample parking is available in the High Street and Manchester Street lots.

For more information on Kentucky Crafted: The Market, like the 2015 Market program and the schedule for the Kentucky Stage schedule of performances, visit our event website.

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