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August brings Berea bourbon art, see-through watercolors and even recycled cigarette butts


Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea has a full plate of exhibits and demonstrations for visitors taking the Exit 77 ramp off Interstate 75 in August from recycled materials and bourbon to bird quilts and lampworked glass.
 
Exhibits
 
On display through Sept. 6 in the gallery is Repurposed & Recycled: Works by Kentucky Artisans. It is a showcase of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works made from a variety of unusual found and recycled materials. From old children’s building blocks to cigarette butts, antique weather vanes and dehydrated tree frogs – this exhibit reveals ingeniously repurposed and recycled materials turned into new and creative works.
 

   Shirley Jeter uses transparent watercolors to create a unique effect. She's demonstrating it on Aug. 30. (Photo from KAC)

Shirley Jeter uses transparent watercolors to create a unique effect. She’s demonstrating it on Aug. 30. (Photo from KAC)

Featuring works by 41 Kentucky artists, this exhibit includes jewelry, furniture, clothing, sculpture, collage, paintings and a variety of mixed-media works using fiber, metal and wood.
 
The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.
 
On display in the lobby through Nov. 16 is Kentucky Bourbon: Distillation and Inspiration. Kentucky’s two-century-old bourbon tradition offers not only an array of distilled spirits, but also destinations for travelers and inspiration for Kentucky artisans.
 
This exhibit gives visitors a glimpse into the world of bourbon with text panels and photographs depicting Kentucky bourbon’s history, processes, production today, and terms and definitions. The exhibit informs visitors about distilleries that are open for guided tours and is a great introduction to this unique Kentucky product.
 

This fish is created from recycled and repurposed materials. (Photo from KAC)

This “Metal Fish” by Ken Roberts is created from recycled and repurposed materials. (Photo from KAC)

Kentucky bourbon has also inspired artists and food producers to create a wide range of bourbon-themed gifts and products, including a selection of furniture inspired by used bourbon barrels.
 
Demonstrations
 
On Saturday, Aug. 2, textile artist Marilyn Foulke, of Louisville, will offer a quilting demonstration she calls “Quilts of a Feather.” She will be showing how she captures a variety of bird species in her quilts, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This demonstration coincides with the Berea Art Council’s city-wide Quilt Extravaganza event, which brings quilt exhibits, events, sales and lectures to Berea on Aug. 1-2.
 
On Saturday, Aug. 9, glass artist Steve Scherer, of Edmonton, will demonstrate how he creates glass animals and ornaments from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Also, on Aug. 9 there will be free guided tours of the exhibits.
 
The Berea Welcome Center Carvers will return on Aug. 16 for their monthly demonstration of various woodcarving styles and techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Aug. 23, Jan Treesh, of Lexington, will demonstrate her reed basketry techniques also from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 

   Marilyn Foulke uses birds of all kind in her quilting creations. She will demonstrate her work on Aug. 2. (Photo from KAC)

Marilyn Foulke uses birds of all kind in her quilting creations. She will demonstrate her work on Aug. 2. (Photo from KAC)

On Saturday, Aug. 30, watercolor artist Shirley Jeter, of Lexington, will show how she uses transparent watercolors, allowing the white paper to show through, to create intensely colorful paintings unlike traditional watercolor art. She will paint for the public from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Convenient to visitors throughout the year, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea, Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.
 
From KAC


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