18 artists – including two Oldham residents – added to Kentucky Crafted

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

Eighteen new artists have adjudicated into the Kentucky Crafted program, the Kentucky Arts Council's marketing assistance program that provides opportunities for artists to expand their market reach.

Artists are accepted into the program based on artistic excellence and market readiness as judged by an independent panel of art and craft industry professionals.

"There are now more than 400 professional artists in the Kentucky Crafted program, and many will exhibit at Kentucky Crafted: The Market in March of 2013," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "We welcome the new artists into the program and look forward to working with them to provide assistance to help ensure their career success."

The new artists are:
    •    Pamela Clegg, Fine Art by Pamela Clegg, Georgetown
    •    Ed Newell, photography, Winchester
    •    Cathie Brown, My New Purse, Richmond
    •    Mary Rezny, photography/paper, Lexington
    •    Tracey Buchanan, Tracey Buchanan Studio, Paducah
    •    Sherrie Cocanougher, Bobcat Hollow Beadery, Danville
    •    Melissa Oesch, ReImagined by Luna, Lexington
    •    Ron Cooper, Ron Cooper Stone & Wood Craftsman, Mount Vernon
    •    Jason Cohen, jc woodartisan, Louisville
    •    John Hockensmith, Fine Art Editions, Georgetown
    •    Cathy Ridge, Designs by Cathy Wade, Prospect
    •    James O’Brian, Chicken Feather Woods, Louisa
    •    Mary Kinney, Kinney Studio, Oldham County
    •    Christopher Krauskopf, Classic Woodworking, Louisville
    •    Brian and Sara Turner, Cricket Press, Lexington
    •    Steve Heartsill, Steve Heartsill Ceramic & Metal Design, Lexington
    •    Walter Lay, wood, Louisville
    •    Dan and Ida Barbee, Bluegrass Country Soap, Georgetown

In addition to marketing assistance, the Kentucky Crafted Program provides business training and exhibit opportunities to its members, such as inclusion in its online directory and exhibiting at Kentucky Crafted: The Market, the arts council's award-winning annual fine art and craft showcase.

The Kentucky Crafted Program provides technical assistance and marketing opportunities to Kentucky visual and craft artists. For more information about the program, contact Ed Lawrence at ed.lawrence@ky.gov or 502-564-3757 ext. 473.

The arts council is the state arts agency, creating opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.