|FULL BODIED, HUMAN SIZED, SAINT NICK ARTWORK|
Yesterday I visited the rather new Kentucky Artisan Center that is located a couple minutes off Interstate 75 an artery connecting states between Michigan and Florida. The Center, run by the state of Kentucky, seems to serve highway travelers in several ways. It has a fine restaurant, restrooms, lots of benches and seating both indoors and outside and a marketplace for Kentucky made goods. One can find artwork, crafts, books, and gourmet food all with ties to the state and for sale.
|CONTEMPORARY FOLK LIZARD SCULPTURE|
Art work and crafts dominate the marketplace. Many beautiful and unusual pieces can be found -- all contemporary and for sale.
The items cover a broad spectrum, some reflecting the early forms of Kentuckian folk design, while some others, the newly evolved Kentucky arts and crafts, are dynamic and fit well with the old folk forms.
|WOVEN RUGS -- THROW RAG RUG TYPE|
I took a few photos of pieces that I thought were good examples of the contemporary art work.
|FULL BODIED DOG, FOLK ARTWORK|
Books by many Kentucky authors such as Barbara Kingsolver or Wendell Berry line the shelves on one wall. I perused them and found a few that I was unfamiliar with. I wrote them down and will order them through my local library.
|THE CENTER 'S WING WITH AN INTERPRETIVE APPEARANCE OF EARLY KENTUCKY STONE HOUSES|
Overall it was a nice break to visit the Center and stroll through the for sale items made in Kentucky. It was a refreshing exposure to locally made and the idea of local economies.