Three new artists you can meet at Kentucky Crafted: The Market – Laura Poulette, Ray Daugherty and Billy Tackett

With dozens of Kentucky’s finest artists attending Kentucky Crafted: The Market, April 21-23 at the Lexington Convention Center, there are several who are new to the Kentucky Crafted program, and who will be showing at Kentucky Crafted: The Market for the first time. Today, we’ll meet fiber artist Laura Poulette, photographer Ray Daugherty and illustrator Billy Tackett.

Meet three of the new artists:

Meadow House Studio

Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Laura Poulette and I’m originally from Pennsylvania. I came to Kentucky in 1996 to go to Berea College and I’ve remained in rural Kentucky since then.

How did you get started in your particular discipline? What is your training?

Poulette_Laura06I graduated from Berea College in 2000, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Fibers. Since then I have been engaged in producing and exhibiting artwork, primarily fiber art.

What do you want buyers to know about your work? What makes it different?

My artwork highlights the unique wildflowers and plants of Kentucky and appeals to many customers. As I’ve been selling my work at art fairs throughout the region, I’ve been delighted to find it is popular among a broad audience, including nature lovers, gardeners and other art lovers young and old.

Name some of your career accomplishments.

I have received scholarships from the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. I have also received four grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Throughout my artistic career I’ve shown my work at many juried exhibits throughout Kentucky. Additionally, my artwork has twice been included in Taproot magazine.

What are you looking forward to about showing at Kentucky Crafted: The Market?

I’ve been to Kentucky Crafted: The Market as a patron many times, and it has been a goal of mine to sell my art work there for years. I’m looking forward to having my work included among the best in the state and reaching a much wider, more diverse audience than I have to date.

 

RaysLens

Who are you and where are you from?

Ray Daugherty of Sadieville.

How did you get started in your particular discipline? What is your training?

Ray in Slot Canyon .jpgI began a career in photography with Ed Boden Studio of Georgetown while I was attending Georgetown College. As I approached retirement I was determined to establish myself as a fine arts nature photographer and studied with some fine photographers to hone my craft.

What do you want buyers to know about your work? What makes it different?

Have you ever seen something so wonderful it took your breath away? The world is full of beauty and wonders and I want to bring those experiences into your life so you can see them and experience them again at will. Light, shadows, color and shapes have the power to move my spirit and when that happens, I want to translate that into an image that will also move yours.

What are you looking forward to about showing at Kentucky Crafted: The Market?

The beauty of the world people may have never seen. I want to help people discover that photographs of nature can be more than a place or a thing, they can be an emotion, a memory, a dream. I want to share images that move people. Images they want to have on their walls to inspire them.

 

Billy Tackett Studios

Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Billy Tackett. I am a professional artist originally from eastern Kentucky. I currently live in Florence, where I have my own studio and gallery.

How did you get started in your particular discipline? What is your training?

Tackett_William01Immediately upon graduation, I opened my own sign shop and entered the commercial art world. My early love for science-fiction and horror inspired me to try oil painting.

What do you want buyers to know about your work? What makes it different?

By dipping my fingers into the paint and flicking it onto the canvas I’m able to capture my desired image without the use of brushes, giving my highly textured art a more fluid and organic quality.

Name some of your career accomplishments.

I’ve been a professional artist for more than 20 years and have been published more than 200 times on various book covers, DVD covers, and magazines, including a feature in Imagine Fx Magazine. I’ve won numerous awards for my paintings, including first place at South Shore Arts Center and first and second place during my first two years participating in the Behringer-Crawford Museum’s freshArt event.

What are you looking forward to about showing at Kentucky Crafted: The Market?

I’m really looking forward to my first year as a Kentucky Crafted Artist. It took me a few years to be accepted into the program and I feel as though I’m among the elite now. I can’t wait to network, meet new people, and learn how to grow my business within the wholesale market. It’s always exciting to meet other Kentucky artists.

 

Check back on Monday to meet three more new artists who will be exhibiting April 21-23 at Kentucky Crafted: The Market.

 

 

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