New to The Kentucky Crafted Market: Joanne Price and Ted Tarquinio

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 printmaker Joanne Price and photographer Ted Tarquinio.

Starpointe Studio, Bagdad

Joanne Price, artist

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

I studied printmaking at Buffalo State College in New York and continued at the University of Minnesota where I received a master’s degree in fine arts. I honed my craft at Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and have collaborated with several established and emerging artists like Julie Mehretu, Carlos Amorales, Santiago Cucullu, David Rathman. The result of these collaborations can be found in the collections of museums like the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Hammer Museum, Walker Art Center and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

How long have you been in the Kentucky Crafted program? When did you start?

I became a Kentucky Crafted Artist in 2014, so I’m in my fourth year.

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

Starpointe Studio specializes in creating original prints and unique handcrafted artist’s books, journals, and boxes that advocate quality, a sustainable life, and professional practice on our fine Earth. The prints are all hand-drawn, hand-cut in wood and printed on antique printing presses. My rural landscape has sparked a curiosity that demands closer examination of the insect and plant life I am surrounded by, creating compositions that combine micro and macro perspectives with sharp and fresh imagery.

Name some of your career accomplishments.

In addition to participating in national and international exhibitions, highlights include receiving an Artist Initiative grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women in 2017 and a fellowship from Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in 2014—both working towards an artist’s book project about beneficial insects. I am proud to collaborate with Larkspur Press, creating illustrations for “Planting Trees” by Wendell Berry and for “Affrilachian Sonnets” by Frank X Walker. I also received a Jerome Book Arts Fellowship grant and support from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts to create the artist’s book, Palm Tree Story in 2009.

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

I’m excited to participate in an art fair in Louisville and to experience The Kentucky Crafted Market as an exhibitor for the first time.

TLT Photography, Louisville

Ted Tarquinio, artist

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

After college, I traveled all over the Western Hemisphere as a wilderness backpacker where I discovered a natural eye for landscape photography. I cultivated that raw talent into what has been a 17-year career as a professional photographer with the help of various accomplished landscape and equine photographers.

How long have you been in the Kentucky Crafted program?

This is my first year at Kentucky Crafted.

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

Every finished photo you’ll see is a 100 percent handmade, limited-edition original and has only been in my hands through the entire process including shooting the image, printing the photo, custom mat cutting, mounting, framing along with hand signing and numbering each image. Each photograph has been printed from my high-resolution master original file showing the maximum detail and clarity of the image.

Name some of your career accomplishments.

I’ve had the privilege of doing photo shoots throughout the Western Hemisphere including Patagonia, Alaska, Peru, Hawaii, the Caribbean and all over the United States. I’ve spent the last 10 years focusing on my home state of Kentucky where I have won various photography awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. I also documented the entirety of American Pharoah’s historic 2015 Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup victories. The Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, which sells my finished work, used my photos to build the museum’s American Pharoah Exhibits.

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

I am most looking forward to building new relationships with retailers to sell my work on a wholesale basis, which is a big part of my business. I serve clients all over the state including galleries, stores and museums. It is also an honor to be a peer to the select artists that are accepted to the Kentucky Arts Council’s adjudicated Kentucky Crafted program.

On Saturday we’ll meet Chao Ma, Justine Riley and Elizabeth Foley.

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