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April at Artisan Center in Berea showcases everything from ‘steampunk’ jewelry to wood

Multi-wood Jewelry box by Alan Hedgespeth (Photo from ky.gov)

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is celebrating 10 years as the state showcase by displaying the works of 52 founding artisans through August 24. In addition, the center is hosting special artisan demonstrations each Saturday through the spring and summer.
Admission to the center is free. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located just off of Interstate I-75 at exit 77.
Saturday, April 6 will be the turn of Richmond jewelry maker Susan Vanstone. She will demonstrate how she makes her particular kind of “Steampunk” wearable art from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. “Steampunk” brings together Victorian-era art with the steam engines of the industrial age. Her jewelry incorporates watch parts, chains, beads and gears.

"Steampunk" necklace by Susan Vanstone (Photo from ky.gov)

Fiber artist Cathy Vigor of Lexington will demonstrate her Shibori silk techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Vigor uses both resist dye and Shibori techniques. Shibori is a dye-resistant technique from Japan in which areas of cloth are wrapped or bound before the fabric is dyed.
Three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will carve wood Saturday, April 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Members of the center carvers mentor one another and enjoy sharing their love of woodcarving with visitors.

Cathy Vigor (Photo from ky.gov)

On Saturday, April 27 Janice Miller of Wilmore will finish April demonstrations with acrylic folk painting from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Miller’s family encouraged her as a child and as an adult she points on recycled materials and on Masonite. She says she uses the Masonite because it is an affordable material that she can cut to fit any size frame.
Free guided gallery tours will take place on Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, click here.
From ky.gov

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