Holidays

Holiday Market
November 4 to December 23

Tues – Fri, 11am to 7pm
Saturdays, 10am to 5pm

You can ArtLocal this holiday season at the Art Center! Enjoy a curated shopping experience as we showcase hand-crafted gifts by dozens of local and regional artists. Browse jewelry, pottery, fiber art, small paintings, Christmas ornaments, children’s toys, home decor and more, all at “giftable” prices.

The 2021 Holiday Market is presented by Community Trust Bank:

nativity display

Be sure to visit the second floor gallery during the holidays to see an incredible display of nativities from around the world.

The collection is on loan to us from Kathy Lockard and includes nativities from 36 countries and 13 US states. You’ll find everything from hand-carved olive wood from Israel to ceramic pieces from New Mexico to a Texas-inspired scene with baby Jesus resting peacefully in a ten-gallon hat!

Kwanzaa & black santa display

The upstairs gallery is also home to a beautiful display that introduces the December holiday of Kwanzaa – a unique African American celebration of family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement. You can learn more about this tradition (which is sometimes mistakenly understood as a substitute for Christmas) through images, books, and a great slideshow.

Throughout the building, you will also find a fabulous collection of Santa figures that all have one thing in common: Santa is Black!

Big thanks to the Atkins family for creating the Kwanzaa display and sharing their amazing Black Santa collection with us.

Paint-your-own Pottery

November 4 to December 18

Create a treasured holiday keepsake at our drop-in Paint Your Own Pottery station! Add your own artistic flair to ornaments, mugs, and plates – then keep them for yourself or give them to friends and loved ones. Ornaments are just $10-12 each, while plates and mugs are $18. Fee includes all your materials, plus firing in our kiln.

We are limiting participation to two families at a time (each at separate tables). Drop-ins welcome if space permits. You can also reserve your time by emailing admin@artcenterky.org or calling 859.236.4054. Please be prepared to follow our COVID protocols, including wearing your mask and maintaining social distancing.

holiday workshops

Create art (and memories!) this holiday season at our workshops for children and adults. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Masks required for all participants.