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Gourds, gourds, gourds: Kentucky Artisan Center to feature gourd artists throughout month of October

October brings a bevy of Kentucky artists who transform the lowly gourd into amazing works of art. In the same plant family as pumpkins, cucumbers, squash, luffa and melons, gourds may be one of the oldest cultivated plants. Originally grown to make storage containers and utensils, these artists use gourds as a canvass for their artistic expression. The three most common types of gourds are Cucurbita,...

Kentucky Artisan Center to feature demonstrations from Berea studio artists throughout January

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. Louis Northern On Saturday, Jan. 6, Louis Northern will demonstrate his oil painting techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center. To give his paintings...

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...

Alice Lloyd College professor demonstrates how he makes intricate carvings in clay pots

On Saturday, April 12, Alice Lloyd College professor Mike Ware will be throwing pottery on the wheel and carving the clay surface with intricate patterns from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.   Ware creates his pottery on a potter’s wheel from stoneware clays. He often decorates his forms with images such as dogwood flowers, influenced by the woods near his...

Saturday demonstrations at Kentucky Artisan Center begin in February with oil painting

The Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea begins a new round of free Saturday demonstrations with new guest artists on Saturday, Feb. 1. All demonstrations run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.   Mount Vernon artist Carl Von Fischer will paint with oils on Feb. 1, and Jeannette Rowlett, from Berea, will demonstrate her jewelry made by wrapping 14-karat gold and sterling silver wire around semi-precious...

September Saturdays at Kentucky Artisan Center full of painting, pottery and printing

Michael Ware (Photo from Facebook)   The Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea highlights Kentucky artists working with acrylic painting, pottery on the wheel, wood carving and small press printmaking on Saturdays in the month of September.   Neil DiTeresa from the Berea College Art Department will demonstrate his acrylic painting technique on Saturday, Sept. 7. DiTeresa, originally from Staten...

Berea Welcome Center Carvers demonstrate live carving techniques at Artisan Center

On Saturday, June 15, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate woodcarving techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.   Jack Gann carves a horse and rider at the Kentucky Artisan Center. (Photo from KAC) Members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers live in many communities in central Kentucky, and their activities include carving classes,...

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...