Feel like your winter hibernation must end NOW? A couple opportunities for lovers of beautiful home decor and garden goodies are happening in Lexington. Never fear… roads are plowed and sidewalks shoveled to these indoor venues that will boost your trust that spring is just around the corner:
The Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation’s Antiques and Garden Show is going on at the Kentucky Horse Park today, Sunday March 9 2015, from noon until 5 p.m., in the Alltech Arena. This is the 30th year the show has been presented. The daily admission is $15 per person. That fee covers not only 80 of the highest quality exhibitors of garden goods and landscape designers, as well as furniture, art prints, jewelry, silver, carpets and more. Two lectures are also included:
* 1:00 pm: Dr. James Birchfield, former curator of rare books at the University of Kentucky: “Porter Clay: A Very Excellent Cabinetmaker.”
*3:00 pm: L. R. “Larry” Isenhour, architect: “Building a Modern Lexington: The Houses of Richard L.B. Isenhour.” He’ll also sign books.
Photo notes: Left: A sundial ornamented by a bird-shaped gnomon, is offered by Tony Piehowicz of Garden Stone Art in Granville, Ohio, bears provenance from England, in the late 1800s. Right: Richard Weber of Springhouse Gardens, wears a halo of hot magenta magnolia blossoms. The newly offered ‘Felix Jury’ tree grows only to about 15 feet tall, and bears enormous foot-wide blossoms before leaves emerge in the spring.
Another venue is the amazing Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2015 sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council, which is happening downtown at the Civic Center convention hall from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 per person; ages 15 and under free. The Market is one of the only state-sponsored shows of its kind to showcase traditional and contemporary fine art and craft along with Kentucky-related books, musical recordings, films and specialty food products. There are over 200 exhibitors of quite gorgeous and affordable art and craft items, along with ongoing live music and hands-on activities.
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