Arts & Crafts
Explore the Cumberland foothills community of Berea, the “arts and crafts Capital of Kentucky,” for charming shops selling some of the finest folk art Kentucky has to offer, including pottery, weaving, hand-carved instruments, galleries, original Appalachian art, glass blowers, the Berea Arts and Crafts Festival and more.
Discover the Paducah Lowertown Arts District, a community of over 70 artists from all over the country recruited to help the city’s creative and inspirational spirit flourish.
Visit Berea for the Kentucky Artisan Center; Harrodsburg for authentic Shaker-style crafts; and venture into the eastern Kentucky mountains to experience the history of Appalachian folk art for yourself, straight from the hands of Kentucky artists.
Whether you’re the crafty type or just admire authentic craftsmanship, check out Kentucky’s arts and crafts hotspots such as the Berea Arts and Crafts Festival or Harrodsburg if you’re interested in Shaker-style crafts.
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (Louisville) - The Museum features contemporary art that explores craft emphasizing the techniques, materials and process of creative expression.
David Appalachian Crafts (David) - A non-profit organization aiming at preserving traditional mountain crafts, including patchwork quilts and pillow covers, baskets, pottery and many other crafts.
Dawson Springs Historic Museum & Art Centre (Dowson Springs) - Exhibits from the spa era, contemporary arts & crafts exhibits.
Downing Museum At Baker Arboretum (Bowling Green) - The Downing Museum at the Baker Arboretum welcomes visitors to view works by world-renowned artist and Horse Cave, native Joe Downing as a painter and sculptor; the vast collection includes examples of his abstraction and experimentation pieces with different media formats including leather, linen, canvas, old wood, metal, staples, and found objects.
Gallery 123: Emerging Artists Studios (Berea) - This studio/gallery showcases emerging artists working in the Art Accelerator pilot program. Recent Berea College graduates have been chosen for business training while growing as artists. Visit, tour the studios, talk to the artists and perhaps take a piece of art home with you.
Gallery On The Square (Franklin) - The Gallery on the Square, located in historic downtown Franklin is operated by the Simpson county Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. The Gallery proudly displays works by local artists from Kentucky and Tennessee.
Gastineau Studio (Berea) – A family run business, Ken’s interest in metal work and sculpture, combined with influences from travels to Europe and the American Southwest help define his jewellery making and metal work. At Gastineau Studio bars of lead-free pewter are melted and poured into molds to create jewellery, napkin rings and ornaments. Designs are taken from regional culture such as Shaker Tree of Life and horse motifs, and the natural world. Each piece is accompanied by a description or poem.
Godbey Appalachian Cultural & Fine Arts Centre (Cumberland) - Dedicated to preserving the region's culture and heritage. Extensive collection of Appalachian artefacts including thousands of oral histories, photographs, art collections, pottery, dulcimer making, and music.
The Kentucky Artisan Center (Berea) - In this 25,000 sq. foot facility you can shop for Kentucky Products; experience Kentucky hospitality; explore Kentucky crafts & arts through special exhibits and learn about Kentucky artists.
Paducah “Wall to Wall” Murals (Paducah) - Visit Paducah's thriving riverfront and take a self-guided tour of Portraits from Paducah's past depicting Paducah's rich history in more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals by renowned artist Robert Dafford and the Dafford Murals Team. One of America's most prolific mural artists, Dafford's work may also be seen in France, Belgium and England.