In my travels I have run across several state-sponsored artisan centers near interstate highways in various states. I can't even start to name the ones I've noticed, but Massachusetts was one of the first that I noticed; I think I also recall one of our BEST members mentioning that they participated in their state's artisan center.
I'm mentioning the Kentucky Artisan Center here, because it was the first one that I made time to visit and inquire about how they operate. It is a very nice facility over looking the highway. Probably typical of these places, there are several ways an individual can participate. There are volunteer positions and for showing work there is access through state sponsored guilds. For non-guild members, there are several opportunities during the year for submitting proposals for showing work; individuals can also apply to sell work to the center for reselling in the center's store.
The Kentucky Artisan Cneter is located at exit 77, Interstate 75N, in Berea, Kentucky. On the world-wide web: www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov
This blog entry is a primer to invite others to check out the many artisan centers while traveling and to consider a local center as an outlet for work. Leave a comment if we can see your work somewhere out there.
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