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Monday, April 24, 2017

Believe in Your Art - A Day to Volunteer

A Volunteer at Kentucky Crafted at the Market

The Kentucky Arts Council
puts on a super event annually called,
Kentucky Crafted at the Market.

It is a juried art show tied with lots of local music and
some fabulous Kentucky Proud Food Specialty Products.

Click HERE to visit Ky Arts Council

It is currently being held in the 
Lexington Convention Center,
and it takes lots of volunteers to put on such an endeavor.
I'm on their email list and decided 
I would volunteer this year. 

Basically I was a booth sitter,
I would sit in an artists booth while they took a break.

I met a lot of great people during the hours I volunteered.

 The Idea Gallery 
is an area featuring artists who are members of the
Architectural Artists Directory.
It's a marketing program for Kentucky's finest artists
who work with designers, architects, builders, and homeowners.
Don't you love that rocking chair?

Melissa Oesch of Re-Imagined by Luna,
was a fun creative artist I gave a break to.

She makes beautiful handmade journals, sketch books,
notebooks and other fun items.
Her books have beautiful leather covers,
with interesting closures, made of natural materials.

Click HERE to visit her website.
She has a schedule of the places she'll be this summer.
You're going to love her beautiful handmade creations.

This is Ted Gilmer of Leelanau Trading Co.
It is a leather goods company of Michigan.
Ted is the designer and marketer of his beautiful
leather bags, purses and wallets.
He can personalize your bag
and he does sell to corporations for promotional items.

Click HERE to visit his website. 

Suzy Hatcher was another artist I met Friday.
Suzy creates beautiful utilitarian pottery.
I didn't get a picture of Suzy,
but Click HERE to go to her website.

One of the things all these artists have in common
is their belief in their art.
To put your art out there for the world to see,
wholesale customers to place orders on Friday,
and the general public to view and purchase on Saturday and Sunday,
is a brave thing.
Creating art is one thing, but putting it out there for all to see is a whole different subject.
Self doubt and fear tend to creep in and terrify artists
at one time or another.
All artists, even the great ones, have bouts of 
self doubt and fear.

when you have feelings of fear or self doubt
about your art,
please remember everyone has doubts and fears
about how good or not good their art is.
Just keep creating it, regardless. 

If you've never been to Kentucky Crafted at the Market,
you might want to put it on your calendar for next year.

If you have a student interested in art,
I am offering 5 art camps this summer
at my new studio on the farm.
Click HERE to look at the art camps.  

If you'd like to take a FREE online art class,
Click HERE 
Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page
and click on the FREE daisy class.
Put your email address in the box and then once you have confirmed you signed up, you'll have FREE unlimited access to the class.  


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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.