Casey Hyland's passion for creativity has led him to craft schools all around the United States. He parlayed a knack for drawing into a knack for conceptualizing and blowing intricate glass pieces. Eventually, he landed back in Louisville, his hometown, where he opened Hyland Glass in 2002. There, Casey designs contemporary hand-blown glass objects both for pure aesthetic joy and for all kinds of occasions. More than just reserving the space for his own creative endeavors, Casey opens the studio up to others and offers glass-blowing classes. During these sessions, groups craft seasonally themed treasures such as raindrops in the spring, sun discs in the summer, pumpkins in the fall, and abstract representations of endless darkness and frigidity in the winter.
In 1990, Trish Lounsbury opened Celebrations with her husband, Stan, and her father, Ed. They seek out products from artists, designers, and leading companies such as Crane and Sweet Pea when crafting custom invitations and stationery. They also specialize in custom framing for a variety of projects, as well as unique gifts and elegant wrapping papers.
On the First Friday of every month, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft invites the community to peruse its wares for free. The museum, along with many of its neighbors on Louisville's Museum Row, participates in the First Friday Trolley Hop, a tour of the vibrant local art scene. It's one of many ways the museum team opens their 27,000 square feet of rotating art exhibits, which highlight styles from American folk art to taxidermy. The displays emphasize the importance of materials and process, rather than focusing exclusively on the final product. This philosophy extends to the museum's art workshops, in which kids make finger puppets, bracelets, and even mini-greenhouses well suited for pet hamsters who've always dreamed of gardening.