The Kentucky Wildlands is full of unforgettable artistic experiences, museums and galleries featuring the artwork and handicrafts of regional artists rooted in the culture and traditions of the Appalachian Mountains. Plan to spend time visiting the eclectic locally owned artisan studios and galleries in a number of mountain towns where you can browse through permanent collections, shows and exhibits of historic and contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery, ceramics, arts and crafts, wood carvings, jewelry and more produced by homegrown artists. Exciting hands-on activities and family-oriented classes, as well as community art shows, festivals and events allow you to immerse yourself in the unique heritage of the Appalachian region’s traditional folk arts.
The Godbey Appalachian Cultural & Fine Arts Center in beautiful Cumberland houses an expansive art gallery collection, as well as an open crafts studio, woodworking shop and performing black box theatre. The Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman features the handcrafted pottery, furniture, quilts, jewelry and more of talented regional artists, hosts workshops in ceramics, blacksmithing and instrument making, and is home to the Dulcimer Museum. The Swift Creek Arts and Crafts Gallery in Campton features the work of more than 25 artists and crafters, as well as “Hands-On Appalachia” activities and classes in basket making, soap making, candle waxworks, dulcimer playing and more.
The Grayson Gallery & Art Center located in the former Grayson community Fire Station showcases local artists in monthly exhibits and sponsors the annual “Peace and Love” art show featuring over 60 pieces of original Appalachian artwork in various media. And at the Masterpiece Café & Painted Cow Art Gallery in riverside Louisa you can enjoy freshly brewed coffee and homemade biscotti while surrounded by the works of local artists. In addition, you’ll find numerous gallery and community sponsored sidewalk art shows, events and festivals held throughout the year across The Kentucky Wildlands.