Monday, September 2, 2013

So much wonderful stuff going on this month! I mean, besides all the fantastic custom ironwork we've been up to (and BOY, oh BOY, there's some BEAUTIFUL projects in the works that I can't wait to share with you!)... My "middle child" & son Ford has taken the semester off at U of Mn and left for Army Basic Training and my "youngest" & only daughter Elaine has left for her first year of college at U of Wisc-River Falls. Hope your lives have been full of as many blessings and transitions are going as smoothly. 

Photo from inside the Blacksmith's Studio by Elaine before she left for college.

So here's a LIST of other things we've been up to in our free time ;)

Martha Stewart's 2013 Audience Choice Awards are on right now. The "winners" will be recognized for their ingenuity & excellence by the American Made community. Honestly, I'm just honored to be nominated. 
It's a long shot for us to win, but the "Audience Choice Grand Prize Award winner" will receive $10,000 to further his or her business and a trip to New York City to attend the American Made Awards and the Workshop.
Vote for us (up to 6 xs a day) on-line here, and if we get the prize we'll  return all we can to our community! Also, you can see a lot of fantastic American Makers on the site as well. I love discovering all the new makers & the stuff they create. 

Screen Shot of the place to vote at "Martha Stewart dot com"

I'd also love to share with you, that there's a furniture exhibition at The Gateway Regional Arts Center in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, September 6th - 27th. Presented by Roberts Antiques, the exhibition is titled "Furniture as Art". It's a nice short drive from Lexington, and a wonderful little downtown that's worth the trip if you haven't been there. This Friday evening there's a "meet the artists" Gallery Talk at 5:30, and their opening reception is from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. I'll be there Friday (and Matt, if I can get him out of the shop) & we'll be ready to talk about our reclaimed Bourbon Barrel Furniture, why we designed it and where the Small Batch Furniture line is going from here. Should be fun & there will be plenty of other regional furniture artists I'm sure you'd love to hear their stories as well. If you miss the opening, fee free to stop by anytime this month!

The Gateway Regional Arts Center's "Furniture As Art" Poster

Last but not least, we'll be celebrating our (bronze level) sponsorship at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, Kentucky with a 10' x 10' booth. That's kind of a first for us, as we don't generally "do" Art Fairs or Craft Shows. I've gathered up some inventory and a few special pieces that I'll be displaying, and playing this wonderful little video my daughter put together before she went off to college. Come see us & the other Kentucky Arts & Crafts, Foods & Distillery booths on Spalding Hall and City Hall Lawns (114 N. Fifth St) from Sept 17th to Sept 22nd.  We'll be there in person Friday 4-10, Saturday 10 am - 10 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. One time only, not be repeated!

New card we made that highlight the new reclaimed Bourbon Barrel stool creation process.
Come get yours at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival & a chance to flip through our portfolio of railings, in person!

If you're "out & about" across central Kentucky in the meantime, here are a few other places to note, that you might also enjoy discovering our work & many other Kentucky artisans in one stop!

572 South Fourth St
Louisville, KY 40202
237 W. Broadway St
Frankfort, KY 40601
126 E. Main St
Midway, KY 40347
200 Artisan Way
Berea, KY 40403

Later this month I'll let you in on the details for our upcoming annual Open Studio, which is the ONLY DAY, (once a year!) that our Blacksmith's shop in Lawrenceburg, KY is open to the public, the first Saturday of November. We're talking about having an "art bus" this year that would take you to several local artists' studios also open to the public nearby. THAT will really be a fun day, and we look forward to seeing you for that!

'Till then hope you're all staying cool, all the kids are back to school, and you're having a fantastic end of summer. Leave a comment if you've seen or come across our work!


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