VOL. 12 NO. 3
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Kentucky Crafted: The Market, held March 3 - 6 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, featured over 300 exhibitors of craft, 2-D art, food, books and recorded music. Offering free admission to all children under 16 this year boosted participation in the Children's Activity areas. Total attendance is estimated at 8,930, slightly higher than 2004's 8,748.
Based on initial reports from exhibitors, overall sales are projected to be comparable to 2004. Kentucky Craft Marketing Program has received an abundance of positive comments from exhibitors, buyers, and the public in regard to the overall quality of products, appearance of the show, and professionalism of the exhibitors. New exhibitors, who are very attractive to all buyers, seemed to have fared very well. There are good reports of reactions to the product development efforts and of exhibitors being approached to develop new or customized products.
Wholesale trade attendance was slightly lower than last year, with 367 shops attending. In 2004, 407 shops attended. Retailers from 21 states traveled to Louisville, some from as far away as Arizona and New York.
Overview of the Market
For the tenth consecutive year, the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program brought in retail shop owners and buyers from around the United States to The Market through its "Fly the Buyer" program. Eight retail shops received complimentary airfare and accommodations to attend. They represented galleries and shops with products ranging from two-dimensional art to fine crafts. The "Fly the Buyer" guests included: Karen Zucker, Klay Gallery, Nyack, NY; Eric Johnson, Ostafin Design, New York, NY; Ronni Kaman, The Collector Gift Gallery, Nyack, NY; Eunice Waller, Waverly House Gifts and Gallery, Springfield, MO; Deanne McKeown, Gifted Hands Gallery and Isadora Handweaving Gallery, Sedona, AZ; Aaron & Monica Maxwell, Harmony Ridge Gallery and Harmony Isle Gallery, Lewisburg, WV; Amy Hoffman, Arts & Artisans, Chicago, IL; and Sherry Masters, Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC.
Joining The Market for the first time were 64 new exhibitors, including 11 in the food section, 19 juried craft participants, 18 out-of-state guest exhibitors, 3 publishers, 12 visual artists, and 1 Kentucky organization.
The gallery section, back for the third year, featured 42 exhibitors comprised of craft and visual art that was one-of-a-kind and limited-production items, ideal for museums, collectors, and commissions.
Students from the university of Kentucky School of Interior Design prepare for the Market opening.
New to the Market 2005 was the Designer Showcase, a collaboration between Osram Sylvania Inc., top students from the University of Kentucky School of Interior Design, and art and craft by juried members of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program. "Live everyday surrounded by Kentucky's best" was the theme of the Designer Showcase and products from Market exhibitors were featured in a mock house setting to illustrate how Kentucky's impressive cache of art, craft and other products could be used as everyday furnishings and decor.
"This is a perfect example of how state programs are interacting with private businesses and higher education. The students got a chance to work one-on-one with highly skilled experts already in professional manufacturing fields and were introduced to art and craft works that could possibly be used in future projects. The manufacturers had the opportunity to present product lines and technical support to college programs. In addition, visitors viewing the Designer Showcase had the opportunity to discover how art and lighting can enhance areas in their homes," said Nancy Atcher, Product Development Coordinator for the Craft Marketing Program.
Kentucky First lady Glenna Fletcher visited the Market on Friday afternoon.
The Kentucky Folklife Program featured members of the Mammoth Cave Basketmakers Guild who demonstrated white oak basketmaking traditions of South Central Kentucky. Basketmakers taking part in the weekend demonstrations included Lestel Childress of Park City, Leona Waddell and Sam Peters of Cecilia, Charles and Charlene Long of Upton, Frances and Willard Glass of Cub Run, and Beth Hester and Scott Gilbert of Scottsville.
Fifty-four teachers attended this year's professional development teachers' seminar, "Crafts and Beyond - Teaching Core Content through Kentucky Traditions". The seminar focused on interacting with people who are full time writers, craftspeople, artists, musicians, and farmers. Teachers toured the Market, making contact with numerous artists and arranging for them to participate in school programs.
The Kentucky Arts Council's Marketplace booth represented 19 writers, musicians and music groups who were juried into the Kentucky Performing Arts Directory or who have received a Kentucky Arts Council Fellowship Award. Participating artist's books, tapes and CDs were marketed and sold throughout the event. All of the Performing Arts Directory artist's products have been compiled into a catalogue, detailing all titles available and ordering information.
The Cultural Stage presented 13 individual performers and performing groups that included artists from the Kentucky Arts Council's 2004-2005 Performing Arts Directory and the 2005 Performing arts Directory Supplement. Performances included exciting drama from the Kentucky Historical Society Theater, performers from the Governor's School for the Arts and food demonstrations from the Department of Agriculture.
Young visitors experienced the hands-on educational art and craft area in aisle 100 sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society and the Little Loomhouse. Educational subjects included the importance of rivers in Kentucky through boat building demonstrations and hands-on activities inspired by the Kentucky History Center's exhibit, A River Runs Through Us. Children were offered the experience of hand weaving by members of the Little Loomhouse .
The Kentucky Retail Federation sponsored a luncheon that featured Sherry Masters from Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC (a Niche Award winning retailer), who lead a discussion of topics pertinent to craft retailers and gallery owners from around the country. The sold-out event was attended by over 50 store and gallery owners.
A first time workshop, Beginners Guide to Creating an Art Collection, hosted by the Kentucky Arts Council, was presented by individuals that have built incredible personal collections of original artwork and educated participants about identifying original work; motivations for buying art; where to look for it and how to buy it. Registered participants were invited to attend the exclusive, invitation only, Collector's Preview of Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2005, following the seminar. The first-ever preview targeted special clients and VIPs of craft exhibitors, and the sneak preview featured the gallery section showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited production fine craft and fine art pieces. The annual Market Awards and Silent Auction were included as part of the Collector's Preview event.
Laura Ross (center), a studio potter from Prospect, Kentucky, was the recipient of the annual Purchase award.
Booth Design award winners were as follows: Farmington Fiber Arts, Farmington, received the Best Of Show award; Lacetree Weavings, Perryville, received the award for Best Overall Booth Design; Dan Neil Barnes Studios, Lexington, received Best New In-State Exhibitor; Arrow Peak Metal Art, Highwood, Montana, received Best New Out-of-State Exhibitor ; Belinda's Sugar-Free Foods, Goshen, received the Best Kentucky Proud Food Exhibitor award, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture; and the Exhibitors' Choice Award went to Dan Neil Barnes Studios, Lexington. Laura Ross / Studio Potter, Prospect, was the recipient of the annual Purchase Award.
The 2005 top retailers recipients were: Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina for Top Out-Of-State Retailer; My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown, Kentucky for Top Kentucky State Park Retailer; The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, for Top Kentucky Retailer and A Taste of Kentucky, Louisville, Kentucky, for Top Kentucky Proud Food Retailer. As second year recipients in their respective categories, A Taste of Kentucky and The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will now be retired from the competition and become members of the Retailer Hall of Fame.
In recognition of long-term dedication to personal craft development and an exemplary level of accomplishment, three businesses were designated Kentucky Crafted Emeritus honorees and granted lifetime honorary juried participant status by the Craft Marketing Program. The three craft businesses honored were as follows: The Wooden Utensil Company, (Shirley Smith), Pine Knot; Berea College Craft, Berea; and Sarah Frederick, Studio Potter, (Sarah Frederick), Louisville. Lindy Casebier, Executive Director of Arts and Humanities for the Commerce Cabinet, presented the recipients with a certificate signed by Governor Ernie Fletcher during the Collector's Preview.
The Craft Marketing Program would like to thank approximately 70 volunteers that contributed their time in various areas of the market, including many juried participants of the Craft Marketing Program and staff from the agencies of the Commerce Cabinet. The Kentucky Craft Marketing Program would like to thank the sponsors, with a special thank you to Osram Sylvania Inc. for their Silver Sponsorship and time donated to the Designer Showcase project involving University of Kentucky's School of Interior Design.
Jurors Victoria Faoro and Tim Glotzbach evaluate craft items during 2004 jury session.
Kentucky residents interested in building their craft businesses to a wholesale level have the opportunity to become juried participants of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program. Once accepted into the juried portion of the Craft Marketing Program, participants become eligible for wholesale and retail venues, such as the New York International Gift Fair; Kentucky Crafted: The Market; the Governor's Derby Breakfast; and the Kentucky Collection. Participants also may use the "Kentucky Crafted" trademark, attend educational workshops, exhibit at the Capitol, and receive advanced technical assistance for their business and craft. Many new state government craft initiatives recently developed in Kentucky continue to demand high-quality work from Kentucky artists.
The jury session is open to all Kentucky residents creating traditional and contemporary crafts in ceramics, fiber, glass, leather, metal, stone, wood, mixed-media, natural/organic, and paper. Residency is defined as living in the state for at least six months prior to the jury session, and producing the majority of the craft product within the state. The jury session is scheduled for June 6-10, 2005. New juried work is reviewed according to quality standards in the areas of originality, technique, and design. The jury panel consists of three out-of-state and three in-state jurors. This years jurors are: (out-of-state) Janet McCall, Executive Director of the Society for Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburgh, PA; John Cram, owner of the New Morning Gallery, Asheville, NC; Harry Hearn, Artist, Turning Point Clay Studio, Murfreesboro, TN; (in-state) Josephine Richardson, owner of The Cozy Corner, Whitesburg, KY; Victoria Faoro, Executive Director of the Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY; and Tim Glotzbach, Founding Director/Dean, Kentucky School of Craft, Hindman, KY. An additional juror, a juried participant of the Craft Marketing Program, will participate, however his/her scores will not be considered except in cases of disparity or borderline scores.
Jury applicants whose scores fall within a few points below the qualifying score may become eligible for the jury Mentor Program. Those applicants will be referred to veteran KCMP juried participants who will aid them in understanding how to bring their work to the standards required by the KCMP. Applicants successfully completing the Mentor Program will be accepted into the juried portion of the KCMP and granted all the benefits therein, without having to wait an additional year to rejury. During the mentor process, the mentorees will be required to attend the KCMP wholesaling workshop / Market orientation and Workshop Weekend.
Applicants must provide five product samples for each entry submitted. The entry fee is $20, regardless of the number of entries. Samples may be mailed in advance, or hand-delivered. Due to the upcoming relocation of the Craft Marketing Program offices, mailed entries must be received in our offices between May 16 - 27. Entries received before or after these dates WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Hand delivered samples may be dropped off ONLY on Monday, June 6 (9am - 3:30pm, EDT) and picked up ONLY on Friday, June 10 (1pm - 3:30pm EDT). The jury process will again be held in the Frankfort Civic Center, 405 Mero Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, Meeting Rooms A, B, & C.
The Craft Marketing Program provides assistance to Kentucky residents, individuals, or groups wanting to develop as craft professionals through economic opportunities and training, to other outside entities (e.g., craft retailers, craft and art organizations, community and government agencies), and the general public.
Applicants will be able to visit www.kycraft.ky.gov to fill out an application online, print it out on their home computer and submit with their entry. The application, and detailed instructions, are now available on-line. Persons without a home computer may use a computer at their local library or contact the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program office to request a printed application.
For additional information on the jury process and pre-jury sessions or to request a printed craft jury application, please contact Charla Reed at 888-592-7238 or 502-564-9827 (direct line), or email her at email@example.com.
For information on the Visual Arts at the Market program, please contact Amber Luallen at 888-833-2787 or 502-564-5116 (direct line), or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.The Kentucky Craft Marketing Program is a division of the Kentucky Arts Council, Commerce Cabinet, Commonwealth of Kentucky. For more information, call 888 KY CRAFT (592-7238) or Kim Leingang at 502-564-8076 (locally), or visit the Program's site at www.kycraft.ky.gov.