June 5, 2012 — More than 600 shoppers from 20 states and 54 folk artists from 10 states came Saturday to the Kentucky Folk Art Center’s “A Day in the Country” at the Morehead Conference Center.
KFAC Director Matt Collinsworth said the one-of-a-kind event is focused on folk art, defined as art created by unschooled artists.
Artists skilled in wood and stone carvings, painting, “found” assemblages and mixed media could be seen during the day long event.
“Any type of visual art you hope to see, you could see here,” said Collinsworth.
“Collectors came this year from as far away as Chicago, New York, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico and Arizona.”
Collinsworth said the event generated increased revenue for KFAC with lots of positive responses.
“We have seen many Facebook posts and received many emails from across the country telling us how wonderful the event was and that a return trip was planned. That means they will be bringing more folks to Morehead,” he stated.
Collinsworth said he hoped to see a higher level of local participation in this national-class event in the future.
“Ninety percent of our visitors came from outside Rowan County,” he said. “We would love to see our friends, neighbors and co-workers take advantage of this singular cultural opportunity.”
The Kentucky Folk Art Center is an educational, cultural and economic development agency of Morehead State University.