You can expect the same standard of excellence every year at Kentucky Crafted: The Market but never the same exact show. The Kentucky Arts Council juries new participants into the Kentucky Crafted Program annually, so there is always new artwork to discover. Meet some of the artists new to the Market in 2016.
Meet Robbie Mueller: Folk Art Kentucky, LaGrange – Booth 302
How did you get started? What is your training?
I am a self-taught artist. While building furniture (after my retirement from teaching), I started carving “accents” to accompany my furniture at shows. To my surprise the people wanted to buy the carvings. I discovered I was making 3-D sculptural art.
How long have you been in the Kentucky Crafted program?
I was adjudicated into the Kentucky Crafted program in 2014, but this will be my first time to exhibit at Kentucky Crafted: The Market.
What do you want buyers to know about your work? What makes it different?
My work is mostly dimensional. I use wood, papier-mâché, salvaged, or found objects to make my pieces. I make sculptural forms, bas-relief, linocuts and do some 2-D painting. My subjects vary from traditional folk themes (animals, farms and people) to modern. My work is different in the way that I incorporate a variety of media and materials used. The uniqueness and variety in my work has made it recognizable to many.
Name some of your career accomplishments.
I have been accepted into the Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen and have exhibited at the Kentucky Folk Art Center in Morehead and the Kentucky Museum of Arts & Crafts in Louisville. I’ve been juried into a variety of regional arts shows, like the Woodland Art Festival in Lexington, as well as festivals in Georgia, Alabama and Indiana, and was named Best of Show at Gallery 104’s Recycled Art Show in LaGrange.
What are you looking forward to about showing at Kentucky Crafted: The Market?
I am looking forward to networking with other Kentucky Crafted artists who have gained valuable business experiences in marketing their work and to introducing my work to a new audience. I want to gain experience with developing the potential for a secondary wholesale market. I look forward to the interactions involved in meeting new art enthusiasts, art collectors and potential wholesale clients.
The Market will be open to the public 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 5 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6. Tickets are $10 for one day and $15 for both days, and can be purchased online or at the door. Children 15 years of age and under are admitted free with a paying adult.