New to The Kentucky Crafted Market: Kim Mahlbacher and Brad Holman

With dozens of Kentucky’s finest artists attending The Kentucky Crafted Market, March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, visitors have the unique opportunity to view and purchase items from the largest gathering of Kentucky-based artists under one roof.

Among the artists are several who will be showing at The Market for the first time. Today, we’ll meet fiber artist Kim Mahlbacher and blacksmith Brad Holman.

HeirloomCroft Art in Wool, Louisville

Kim Mahlbacher, artist

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

I love sheep and what can be done with their wool. I am a self-taught artist.

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

“Art which comes to life with imagination.” My sculptures are uniquely poseable, allowing the buyer the fun of their own creative touch. My work encompasses woodland creatures, faeries, wild and domestic animals, gentle Nativities and botanical. Each piece captures a whimsical joy-filled spirit where the buyer will find a gentle smile, a mischievous wink or perhaps even the unbridled imagination of remembered childhood dreams.

Name some of your career accomplishments.

2017 Kentucky State Fair Crafts Gallery Folk Art Best in Show and Dolls and Toys Sweepstakes winner, 2018 Kentucky Visions at the Capitol exhibit artist.

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

I love sharing my art, and especially meeting and interacting with visitors at my booth.

Rocky Woodland Forge, Beattyville

Brad Holman, artist

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

I worked as a machinist for most of my life before becoming a self-taught blacksmith.

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

Most of my work is created using traditional forging techniques to create original and functional pieces. I enjoy using traditional joinery in my work as much as possible.

Name some of your career accomplishments.

Third place in metal sculpture category at the 2016 Kentucky State Fair; first place in metal sculpture category at the 2017 Kentucky State Fair; winner in the metal category at the 2017 Woodland Art Fair.

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

I’m looking forward to meeting new clients and customers and participating in a show that has such high-quality offerings from great local artists.

On Wednesday, we’ll meet printmaker Joanne Price and photographer Ted Tarquinio!


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