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Berea’s Got Talent: Kentucky Artisan Center demonstrations feature artists from Berea

Berea is known for its wealth of talented artisans and January brings that talent to the Kentucky Artisan Center. Take the chill off winter and visit the Center for a warm meal and the chance to watch Berea studio artists demonstrate their skills. On Saturday, Jan. 7, Jeannette Rowlett, of Berea, will demonstrate her sterling silver wire wrapped jewelry from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center....

Retail business buyers, representatives can now register for Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2017

Buyers and representatives of retail businesses interested in offering fine art and Kentucky-made products to their customers can register now to attend Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2017 at the Lexington Convention Center. Produced for 35 years by the Kentucky Arts Council, The Market is open exclusively to the trade from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21. Buyers who attend The Market can place...

Kentucky Horse Park one of two official candidates for the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) announced Lexington and the Kentucky Horse Park as an official candidate to host the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games. The FEI has selected Lexington and Samorin, Slovakia as the final two Official Candidate Cities for its 2022 flagship Games. The FEI World Equestrian Games, which are held every four years, are comprised of competitions in all eight of...

Think Kentucky: Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet offers holiday gift ideas with Bluegrass tint

The Kentucky Cabinet of Tourism, Arts and Heritage is encouraging Kentuckians to give a gift with a Kentucky theme this holiday season. “The holidays are a perfect time to give gifts made in Kentucky to friends and family,” said Don Parkinson, Secretary of the Cabinet of Tourism, Arts and Heritage. “Throughout the state, shops feature uniquely Kentucky gifts from books, food, artwork, performances...

Kentucky Artisan Center featuring gifts prepared by more than 700 state artists

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, but is open regular hours (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) all other days that week, providing visitors with exciting possibilities for finding Kentucky-made gifts for everyone on their list. Whether shopping for special gifts or preparing your home for the holidays, the center offers a wide array of beautiful gifts created by more than...

Feats of Clay: October brings pottery events to Berea’s Kentucky Artisan Center

In October the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea offers “Feats of Clay,” a series of clay demonstrations by four Kentucky potters. From hand built jugs to wheel thrown pottery, visitors will have the chance to watch the magic as potters turn lumps of clay into dinnerware, vessels and sculptures. Alley Cat Pottery artist Kristal Gilkey, of Berea, will demonstrate pottery on the wheel on Saturday,...

Tourists spent $13.7 billion in Kentucky last year — here are some top destinations

By Claire A. Johnson KyForward intern Tourists spent $13.7 billion in Kentucky in 2015, an increase of 5 percent over 2014, and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet predicts that trend will continue this year. The state’s natural wonders and location are major factors in drawing visitors, according to Laura Brooks, deputy communication director in the office of communications for the...

Bevin, tourism officials launch $18 million campaign to update, freshen state parks

Joined by Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson and Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland, Gov. Matt Bevin announced plans for an additional $18 million in funding for the Kentucky State Parks at a press conference held at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. “We have a stunning array of state parks here in Kentucky, but they have become a bit tired,” said Gov. Bevin. “We need to make...

Fire at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park forces lodge to close temporarily, no injuries reported

Late Tuesday night a fire erupted at the lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. There were no injuries reported. Fire department officials say the blaze at Jenny Willey was a result of an electrical panel, and it has rendered the lodge temporarily closed as repairs are being made. The lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Floyd County will be closed for a few days following a fire (Photo Provided) The...

Agriculture marketing director Branscum takes over as commissioner of Travel and Tourism Department

The new commissioner of the Department of Travel and Tourism is Kristen Branscum, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson announced Wednesday. Branscum, a native of Russell Springs, most recently served as the head of marketing for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture since 2012. “Kristen Branscum’s extensive marketing experience and knowledge of Kentucky will be a great benefit for...

Bob Stewart to head state Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, replaces Marcheta Sparrow

Tourism and marketing veteran Bob Stewart will head the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, effective June 1, it was announced today.   Bob Stewart Stewart replaces Marcheta Sparrow who announced her retirement last week after serving more than five years as tourism secretary under Gov. Steve Beshear. “Bob brings a wealth of experience not only in tourism and the arts but in how to be successful...