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Tempt Your Senses: Feel

With over 200 exhibitors working in wood, paint, silver, wool, chocolate, clay, silk and much more, Kentucky Crafted: The Market is a sense explosion. That’s why we chose “tempt your senses” as this year’s theme. We dare you to come to the Lexington Convention Center on March 2 – 3 and be tempted by all of the music, textures, smells, sights and tastes offered by Kentucky’s best artists and crafts people.  It will be impossible to walk away empty handed.

A complete arts experience includes an opportunity to be actively involved in the creative process. The Kentucky Arts Council has invited two of the Commonwealth’s finest education-driven arts institutions to design activities for families, kids, adults and anyone who wants to get hands on some art.

Living Arts and Science Center

Two events for two days of hands-on fun at The Market. On Saturday, repurpose T-shirts into beaded market bags to aid you in your shopping extravaganza. On Sunday, create one-of-a-kind artworks through the fun and tactile process of wet-felting. Activities are noon – 3 p.m. both days. Visitors on either day also have the opportunity to view—and touch—the center’s engaging, hands-on exhibit, Evolving Traditions.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Explorium of Lexington

Come take a swing on our cool paint pendulum to create art and learn about the laws of physics. Demonstrate energy conservation and make a masterpiece in minutes with tempera paint and paper. When science meets art, it can only result in fun and discovery.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sarah Schmitt, arts access director

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Tempt Your Senses: Hear

With over 200 exhibitors working in wood, paint, silver, wool, chocolate, clay, silk and much more, Kentucky Crafted: The Market is a sense explosion. That’s why we chose “tempt your senses” as this year’s theme. We dare you to come to the Lexington Convention Center on March 2 – 3 and be tempted by all of the music, textures, smells, sights and tastes offered by Kentucky’s best artists and crafts people.  It will be impossible to walk away empty handed.

The moment you walk into the Market – even before you purchase your pass – you will notice that art is everywhere. Although buying and selling visual art is the Market’s main purpose, it’s not the sole purpose. The arts council uses this versatile venue to create all kinds of arts experiences: literary art, folk and traditional arts and performing arts. The Kentucky Stage, located in the atrium of the convention center, features a full schedule of diverse musicians from across the state. Not only can we we boast the Commonwealth’s finest art and craft, we also present Kentucky’s most accomplished live performers for the price of your admission. If you like what you hear, you can step over to the Marketplace and purchase CDs.

Hog Operation – Saturday, March 2, 2 p.m.

Hog Operation uses bluegrass instrumentation to explore a variety of American musical styles from reels to rock ‘n’ roll. They play original music as well as country standards and bluegrass arrangements of popular songs. Audiences can expect to hear their favorite bluegrass sounds but should also be prepared for pleasant surprises. Each musician – Larry Raley, Mike Schroeder, John Hawkins and Steve Cooley – is accomplished in his own right. When they play together the sound can be described simply as “tight.” Come early to hear Steve Cooley discuss how he keeps the stringed instruments – that are so vital to the unique bluegrass sound – playing the sweetest possible notes. At 1 p.m., the Kentucky Stage will feature a live interview with Steve, Donna Lamb, Art Mize, Arthur Hatfield and Walter Lay – all Kentucky luthiers who make or repair banjos, fiddles, guitars, mandolins and more.

Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers  Saturday, March 2, 3 p.m.

It began 25 years ago in Covington’s Ninth Street Baptist Church when Ric Jennings formed an a capella quartet from members of their men’s choir. The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers earned most of their chops in the church and some on the street corners, and the result is uniquely northern Kentucky.  Although they have performed all over the United States and Europe, they are true to the sound created in their community and play local churches,  song services, sacred music events and even anniversaries. In addition to their gospel repertoire, they also sing R&B favorites and other popular tunes. They take the Kentucky Stage on Saturday afternoon, but it may feel like Sunday morning as they “inspire feelings of fellowship and recreate the jubilant atmosphere of their home church.”

Appalatin  Saturday, March 2, 5 p.m.

The name Appalatin (as you may have guessed) is a portmanteau of Appalachian and Latin. True to their name, they blend the music of their home regions to create a sound that is – above all other labels and definitions – music of the world and 21st century Kentucky. Appalatin is artistic proof that no matter our culture of origin, our ways of expression have much in common. Old-time string, blues, bluegrass, Spanish-style guitar, bachata, cumbia – it all has roots. Their sound obviously speaks to more than just Appalachians and Latinos. With a musical mission “to bring a message of a fair and just world, one of hope, joy and love,” Appalatin have a popular sound and a strong following that can be seen in the results of their recent Kickstarter campaign to produce their new album. To date, they have made 150 percent of their goal with donors pledging as much as $1,500. Their campaign doesn’t even end until March 10, 2013. Now that is real listener buy-in!

Real World String Band – Sunday, March 3, 1 p.m.

Reel World String Band

Reel World String Band

Trouble in Mind

Early in their careers, this “all-girl act” was considered a novelty in mainstream music. But people who knew better saw that they were just darn good musicians. Lily May Ledford once said of the band, “You don’t see many people up on stage who’ve got fire. But you girls have got it. Lord, you girls are good!” This so-called novelty has thrived for over 35 years, and Kentucky is truly fortunate to have the members of the Reel World String Band as  native daughters. With rousing harmonies, the band makes music rooted in the Appalachian tradition while representing and championing Kentuckians through their songs. They are each masters of their instruments and treasures born of Kentucky’s arts and cultural heritage.

These are just a few of the performers you can experience on the Kentucky Stage. For a complete listing, look at the lineup in the Market program.

Market Program

Sarah Schmitt, arts access director

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Tempt Your Senses: Taste

With over 200 exhibitors working in wood, paint, silver, wool, chocolate, clay, silk and much more, Kentucky Crafted: The Market is a sense explosion. That’s why we chose “tempt your senses” as this year’s theme. We dare you to come to the Lexington Convention Center on March 2 – 3 and be tempted by all of the music, textures, smells, sights and tastes offered by Kentucky’s best artists and crafts people.  It will be impossible to walk away empty handed.

Elmwood Inn Fine Teas – Booth 165

Elmwood Inn Fine Teas

Tea containers are attractive and made of recycled paper. Elmwood Inn promises to be “your cup of serenity.”

I can personally attest to the temptations imparted by the Elmwood Inn Fine Teas. I am a coffee person, but in 2012 my nose followed the steam from steeping leaves all the way to their booth at the Market. If you follow the scent in 2013, you will not be disappointed. Elmwood offers several product lines including white, green and black teas, Ayurvedic blends, Oolongs, flavored teas, private labels, and herbals and infusions. Teas can be purchased loose or in sachets. If you’re new to tea culture and want to know how best to brew your new purchases, Elmwood also offers tea seminars and prints publications through their Benjamin Press book division.

Brownings Country Ham – Booth 159

Kentucky Proud vendor, Brownings Country Ham - Booth 159

Smoky, salty and farm-fresh, country ham is a Kentucky tradition best served on biscuits. Brownings sells those too.

When you taste country ham, the initial flavor is saltiness. But the best hams give you so much more. The year spent curing should leave the ham with flavors  only developed through age and atmosphere just like wine, fine cheeses and pickled vegetables. A good country ham should be “educated.” Since 1970, Brownings has offered hams, cuts and slices that don’t overwhelm the palate with salt, but are “just rich, wholesome, and cured to perfection.” If country ham is still not your thing, Brownings also cures premium bacons, which are wholly in fashion right now.

Cellar Door Chocolates – Booth 157

Cellar Door Chocolates

Meet the champagne truffle. It’s made of luxury, extravagance and chocolate.

I doubt that I need to try very hard to tempt readers with chocolate. Chocolate has long been associated with desire, decadence and even wantonness. Hold on to your seats, because Cellar Door takes the “the food of the gods” to a whole new level with flavor pairings that cannot be ignored or refused. Cayenne pepper, wasabi pea, imperial stout, licorice and green chile combine with cocoa to make delicious truffles and barks. The results are novel tastes that could only happen in a global economy and stimulating, ancient flavors from Mesoamerica.

Boone Creek Creamery – Booth 505

Wildcat Blue

Rhapsody En Bleu – what she lacks in beauty she makes up in good “taste.”

These cheeses are made old-world style, but the product is completely Kentucky – right down to the grass that the cows eat. And in this case, geography doesn’t limit variety. Boone Creek Creamery creates over 40 different varieties in season, including homages to Kentucky like wildcat blue, Kentucky Derby (infused with bourbon) and blackberry serenade (gruyere infused with blackberry wine).

Applecreek Orchards – Booth 507 

Applecreek Orchards

The “fruit” from this orchard can go on your sundae with flavors like bourbon caramel and amaretto fudge.

As you might expect, Applecreek Orchard offers sweet and sticky jams and preserves including blackberry, seedless red raspberry, strawberry, amaretto cherry, bourbon cherry and peach with maraschino cherries. However, they also produce tasty barbecue sauces, fruit butters, dessert toppings, marinades, salsas and relishes. Anything you make – sweet or savory – Applecreek Farms can make it a little better.

Sarah Schmitt, arts access director

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Tempt Your Senses: See

With over 200 exhibitors working in wood, paint, silver, wool, chocolate, clay, silk and much more, Kentucky Crafted: The Market is a sense explosion. That’s why we chose “tempt your senses” as this year’s theme. We dare you to come to the Lexington Convention Center on March 2 – 3 and be tempted by all of the music, textures, smells, sights and tastes offered by Kentucky’s best artists and crafts people.  It will be impossible to walk away empty handed.

The Market experience is all about spectacle. Part of this visual excitement comes from the energy of the wonderful crowds filling the exhibit hall. But the majority comes from the myriad of palettes used by Kentucky Crafted artists. The colors are simply amazing, covering the spectrum from earthy, soft and tranquil to electric, vibrant and blaring. It’s like Carmen Miranda’s hat, a Monet painting and a Persian rug all in one package.  Don’t be overwhelmed, though. The idea is to take the aisle tour, one booth at a time, savoring all the sights and deciding what absolutely must come home with you.

Schall Studio & Design – Booth 320

dinnerware, green, orange, red, yellow

Like a perfect marriage, this dinnerware both complements and competes with food to make a beautiful table.

J. D. Schall is a master at achieving the clean lines and eye-pleasing functionality of modern design. His forms are simple, durable and practical. The key to his aesthetic is using brilliant glazes to create beauty without unnecessary fussiness and filigree.

Calan Originals – Booth 440

Calan Originals box

Walnut, cherry, bubinga, oak, pine. I can only name a few, but the hardwoods making up these boxes all bring their own hues and patterns to the sensory party.

“Wood” is not a color. Wood has many colors and variation, and it takes a skilled craftsperson to bring out the natural gradients in a common or exotic wood.

Truly Wearable Art – Booth 317

Laverne Zabielski

With sewn-in movement and magnificent colors, this skirt is impossible to ignore.

Laverne Zabielski creates couture quality hand-felted alpaca and merino wools as well as  Shibori-dyed silks. Her fabrics can be found on red carpets, but are also perfect for your rainy-day shawl.

Ed Newell Photography- Booth 447

Ed Newell

Did you know nature has a “best side?” Ed Newell found it.

You can look at an Ed Newell image and almost swear that these colors don’t exist in Kentucky or even on Earth; however, cameras don’t lie. Color is dependent on light, and Ed Newell knows just when light will reflect off an object in just the right saturation to bring out these impossibly beautiful scenes. Ed Newell is a new exhibitor in 2013.

Dancin’ Dog Designs – Booth 452

This is how you “make a mountain out of a mole hill,” or in this case, a segment of quartz.

Some artists add color to the bland, and others recognize the potential of colors found in nature. Dwayne Cobb uses the natural variations in metals, stones, gems and glass to create whimsical human-like forms, creatures and landscapes to adorn your neck and wrist.

Sarah Schmitt, arts access director

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Tempt Your Senses: Smell

With over 200 exhibitors working in wood, paint, silver, wool, chocolate, clay, silk and much more, Kentucky Crafted: The Market is a sense explosion. That’s why we chose “tempt your senses” as this year’s theme. We dare you to come to the Lexington Convention Center on March 2 – 3 and be tempted by all of the music, textures, smells, sights and tastes offered by Kentucky’s best artists and crafts people.  It will be impossible to walk away empty handed.

Although Market patrons are aware of the Kentucky Crafted Program’s reputation for marketing the best of Kentucky’s visual artists and craftsmen, many are surprised to see the finest in natural health and beauty products in our Market program.

It’s true—the Kentucky Crafted artist directory includes crafters of fine soaps, lotions and other body care items. Five will exhibit at the Market in March, and they are sure to tempt your sense of smell.

Anna’ EsSCENTials Bodycare – Booth 238

Karma anti-ageing soap

Sharon’s Karma anti-aging soap repairs damage and breathe’s new life in to skin with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.

Sharon Lombardo creates “artisan soaps and body products with an emphasis on health and well-being.” She specializes in olive-based products amplified with other natural, healthy and fragrant additives. Her soaps are redolent of Kentucky with scents like “heirloom tomato” “go big blue,” “bluegrass spice of life,” and “Kentucky moonshine.”

Sassa Bella – Booth 318

Sassa Bella's acne care products

Typical acne products reuse the same, sad bag of tricks: salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Both products can irritate and dry skin, and often the acne remains. Luckily, nature has something better up her sleeve.

Sassa Bella offers products to care for your face, body, baby and even your furry friends of the equine or canine variety. Sassa Bella is unique among Kentucky Crafted body care artists, because their face products are specialized to treat tired, sensitive and irritated skin. Are you looking for a local and natural way to treat acne, fine lines and redness? Sassa Bella has a cream, cleanser, serum and toner just for your skin type. Sassa Bella is a new exhibitor at the 2013 Market.

Bluegrass Country Soap – Booth 457

Bluegrass Country Soaps

Bluegrass Country Soaps is also a Kentucky Proud product. It’s no wonder. Searching their scents is like picking out preserves at the farmer’s market. With so many varieties, there’s bound to be something to please any taste.

New to the Market in 2013, Bluegrass Country Soaps are “handmade from scratch using the (old fashioned) cold process method, which helps to retain oil’s natural conditioning and moisturizing properties and benefits.” And, of course, they have “Kentucky Rain” and a scent featuring the state fruit, “blackberry sage.”

Moss Hill Bath & Body Collection – Booth 341

Moss Hill Bath & Body

Moss Hill offers any product you might need to make you or your home smell gorgeous.

Moss Hill Bath& Body Collection is all about pampering. They offer several lines of candles, massage oils, soaps, colognes, linen spray, lotion, sachets and anything else to make you and your surroundings smell luscious. If you need help finding what you want, they even have a fragrance guide. And, of course, they pay homage to the natural olfactory beauty of Kentucky with “blue,” “bourbon” and “mint julep.”

LuciaSoapsEtc LLC – Booth 263

LuciaSoapsEtc

This legendary scent combination is supposed to protect wearers from the plague. Lucia makes no such claim, but it does smell lovely.

Lucia Felty has fond memories of the strange-smelling, odd-shaped lye soap on her grandmother’s kitchen and bathroom sinks. When her interest in making soap was piqued, she wanted to create an artisanal product  with pleasing scents and properties that promote healthy skin and have therapeutic value. Her products lines include face, foot and baby care, and fun items like fizzy bath cupcakes. Lucia also makes lotions, bath beads and lip balm in curious  scents like “four thieves” and “Cleopatra’s passion.”

Sarah Schmitt, arts access director

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