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“First Visit of Ky. Folk Art Center. Art Education experienced outstanding! Please don't close this. ”

Kentucky Folk Art Center
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Morehead
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Kentucky Folk Art from past and present diversities of cultural Folk Artists whose whimsical individual talents welcome any visitor from all walks of life share their respective unique stories told through their Folk Art. These educate and speak to us on deeper levels emotionally that instill our minds and as humans help us not loose sight on the deeper meanings of people, places, and things in today's society we tend to disregard and overlook in this new science and technological world today. Folk Art is such an important part of the Art world and in Kentucky as well. Today I visited this special place for the first time, and this place is in my opinion a gift to all Kentuckians. Please keep this open so it can be passed down through the generations and grow. Outside visitors can leave seeing and feeling on a deeper level of Folk Art history and pass it down to their children. Folk Art matters as do their stories. Through these artists we can learn and grow through emapthy, compassion, cultural heritages, differences, and these are what make us human. Art is emotional. We need this Folk Art center open permanently. I will definitely return soon. Go and experience this unique little place. It's one of a kind, and you will leave educated and emotionally...well, go experience it and see. Great for all ages. Director and staff were informative, patient, and the overall experience had an impact on my personal self. Art does this. Folk Art matters. Don't let it fade away.

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Matt C, Director/Curator at Kentucky Folk Art Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Thank you so much for your visit and your kind words. I certainly agree with you that our museum is one of the cultural treasures in Kentucky, and its disappearance would be a tragedy. I have just reinstalled our entire upstairs gallery with more contemporary works for our collection, including important pieces by artists like LaVon Williams, Robert Morgan, Mark Francis, Jo Krause and others. Come back to see us again.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

This was an absolute lovely stop in Morehead... purchased several small items. The art display was incredible and they allowed us to take pictures! Very friendly staff.

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Matt C, Manager at Kentucky Folk Art Center, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to our museum. If you ever need any more items like the ones that you purchased, please call or email. We hope you come back to see us again.

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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

I love Appalachian woodcarving, especially Edgar and Donnie Tolson from Compton. Donnie’s carving of Edgar is a masterpiece. Nice collection and staff. Highly recommended.

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Matt C, Manager at Kentucky Folk Art Center, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Yes, Edgar Tolson and his son, Donny, are two of Kentucky's great wood carvers. We're preparing to put more of Edgar's work on display, so be sure to come see us again.

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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

This place is weird, but it is fun to look through. Since it is free it's definitely worth a visit. The gift shop is full of conversation starters

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Matt C, Manager at Kentucky Folk Art Center, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Yes, folk art can be weird, but we're happy you had fun.

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

If you are interested in American folk art or art in general, this is a must-see museum. The collection of Kentucky folk art is outstanding. Great Earnest Patton, Edgar Tolson and other pieces. Donny Tolson's carving of his father Edgar is one of the finest works I have ever seen from this region (or anywhere else for that matter).

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Management response:Responded 10 August 2017

I am glad you enjoyed our museum, particularly our fine collection of wood carvings by the Tolsons and the other "Red River carvers."

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