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In 1994 a small group of artists decided it was time to form an active friendly guild in our lovely community of Somerset, Kentucky.

Because the beauty of our area is often a theme in our work we call ourselves the “Sheltowee Artisans” after the now 308 miles, historic hiking trail, the Sheltowee Trace, meandering through our region.

Our logo is the turtle because the name “Sheltowee” was given Daniel Boone by our native Americans many years ago and means “Big Turtle.”

From that small group of artists yearning for interaction, the Sheltowee artisans have grown into a 75+ member force.

It was important from the beginning of our concept to support one another and amplify our community’s awareness of the value and quality of fine handcrafted work.

Our growth and enthusiasm as a group allows us to reach further into business partnerships within our community, and establish venues for our work.

We are involved at present with two regional art and craft fairs in Somerset, KY: one at our Center for Economic and Rural Development in November and one with the nationally acclaimed Master Musician’s Festival in July.

We are a growing, dynamic guild whose work encompasses the high standards of the Sheltowee Artisans. Feel free to communicate with us as a group, or e-mail us as individuals. For more information on individual artisans, and to see examples of work, click on their name on our website.