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Kentucky Artisan Center celebrates the holiday shopping season with events throughout December


The Kentucky Artisan Center kicks off the traditional holiday shopping season with artist demonstrations, musical performances, book signings, candy tastings and more.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Steve Scherer creates ornaments from glass (Photo from KAC)

• 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Steve Scherer Creates Glass Ornaments
Steve Scherer, of Glasgow, will demonstrate how he creates glass ornaments filled with
birds and animals on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10:30 to 3:30. Scherer’s ornaments are regularly featured at the Center

• 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Candy Tasting by Ruth Hunt Candy
On Saturday, Dec. 7, Ruth Hunt Candy will offer a candy tasting from 11 am to 2 pm at the Kentucky Artisan Center. Come enjoy some of their new caramel and assorted chocolates, pulled candy and their new hemp and dried cranberry chocolate bark!

• 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Harp Music for the Holidays
On Saturday, Dec. 7, Jan Hill, of Lexington, will perform holiday favorites on her full-sized harp. Talk with her about her instrument and select CD’s and musical recordings! She will perform from 11 am to 2 pm at the Center.

• 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Children’s Book Signing with Jim Shields
On Saturday, Dec. 7, Jim Shields, of Lexington, will sign copies of his two children’s books, “Starbird’s Special Gift” and “Skylar’s Wonderland” from 11 am to 2 pm at the Center. Come meet the author and get signed copies of his books!

Saturday, Dec. 14

• 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Doll Ornaments Created by Rebecca Miller Campbell
Doll artist Rebecca Miller Campbell, of West Liberty, will be demonstrating how she creates her dolls and animals from fiber and paint on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Center. Her creatures and dolls are featured on the holiday trees in the Center’s lobby.

• 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Broom Maker Justin Burton to Demonstrate
Broom maker Justin Burton, of Berea, will demonstrate broom making on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Center. Burton will demonstrate fan shaped brooms as well as several other styles of brooms.

 

• 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Rahab’s Rope to Perform Holiday Music
On Saturday, Dec. 14, Lexington musicians Stephanie Reams, Jana Gillham, Pat Ham and Heather Toews of the musical group Rahab’s Rope will play a selection of holiday music on keyboards, guitar and violin, singing from 11 am to 2 pm at the center. The group’s CD “Rahab’s Rope” and their Christmas CD “Let There Be Light” are both available at the center.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Parker Hastings

• 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Parker Hastings Thumbpicking Guitar Performance
On Saturday, Dec. 21, Parker Hastings, of Richmond, will perform music at the Kentucky Artisan Center from 11 am to 2 pm in his amazing thumbpicking guitar style. Hastings began playing guitar at the age of six. He was recently named the “2018 Thumbpicker of the Year” by the Thumbpickers Hall of Fame, joining ranks with musicians Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Adkins, Eddie Pennington and Doc Watson among others. His recording “Breezin Through Life” won the “Thumbpickers Recording of the Year” in 2017.

Come meet this talented musician, talk with him and get signed copies of his two CD’s.

• 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Berea Welcome Center Carvers to Demonstrate
Two members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Kentucky Artisan Center.

Saturday, Dec. 28

• 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 28, Donna Smith, from Waco, will create traditional cornshuck figures and painted gourds from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Kentucky Artisan Center. Smith is the niece of the late well-known cornshuck artist Edna Ritchie who taught Smith how to make cornshuck dolls, figures and flowers. Smith’s gourd works often depict cats, flowers and various animals. Some of Smith’s gourds are lidded for use as containers and she creates small gourd ornaments.

The Kentucky Artisan Center is located just off I-75 at Berea Exit 77. The Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and offers traveler services, shopping, exhibits and Saturday artist demonstrations. The Artisan Café & Grill is open for breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From Kentucky Artisan Center


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