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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...

Kentucky Artisan Center offers discount on Black Friday, kicking off holiday shopping season

The Kentucky Artisan Center kicks off the traditional holiday shopping season with a Black Friday Sale, on Friday, Nov. 29, offering a 10% discount off all retail items. The Center offers unique works by over 850 Kentucky artists, including musicians, authors, and specialty food and beauty product producers.   Visitors that day can enjoy the center’s gallery exhibit, “The Art of the Book: 45 Years...

Ky. Artisan Center to celebrate 45 years of Larkspur Press and the art of the book Oct. 20 – Jan. 31

Larkspur Press owner Gary Zeitz using the Chandler & Price press (Photo from KAC) The Kentucky Artisan Center will celebrate 45 Years of Larkspur Press, owned and operated by artist Gray Zeitz, in an exhibit Oct. 20 through Jan. 31. Featuring beautiful hand letterpress printed broadside poems with illustrations, and an array of handmade books by Larkspur Press, the exhibit includes wood engravings...

Ky. Artisan Center to host opening reception for International Exhibition of Scratchboard Art May 17

An open to the public reception for the International Exhibition of Scratchboard Art will be held Friday, May 17, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center. This exhibit features 61 works by 51 artists from all over the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, China and Portugal. This is the first international exhibit to be held at the Kentucky Artisan Center. “Confrontation”...

Kentucky Artisan Center to feature the works of international scratchboard artists beginning May 17

International artists working in the medium of scratchboard come together at the Kentucky Artisan Center to exhibit exceptional works of art. Works by fifty-one members of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA), including artists at the Masters level, will be on display from May 17 – July 31 at the Center. “Whooo Goes There?” by Cathy Sheeter MSA, of Colorado Artists selected...

Kentucky Artisan Center’s March schedule includes demonstrations of basketmaking, woodcarving

The Kentucky Artisan Center announces new exhibits and demonstrations throughout March by talented artists. The juried exhibit “Reveal: Large 2-D Works” is featured in the lobby March 16 – June 16, 2019, and in the main gallery the exhibit “Innovators: Stephen Rolfe Powell & Arturo Alonzo Sandoval” continues through March 10. The exhibit “The Great Kentucky Cover Up” displaying...

Veterans Project exhibit to feature work of veterans, families at Kentucky Artisan Center Jan. 19-March 2

A new traveling exhibit The Kentucky Veterans Project will be on display at the Kentucky Artisan Center January 19 through March 2. A project of the Kentucky Arts Council, this exhibit features artwork by Kentucky’s military veterans and loved ones of those who have served. The exhibit was featured in the state capitol for one month before beginning its yearlong tour around the Commonwealth in December...

Berea artists to headline a variety of events throughout January at Kentucky Artisan Center

The Kentucky Artisan Center starts the new year off with The Kentucky Veterans Project traveling exhibit, which will be featured in the lobby January 19 – March 2 in partnership with the Kentucky Arts Council. The Center will also offer a variety of events and demonstrations by Berea artists throughout January. Below is a list of dates and events beginning on Saturday, Jan. 5: Saturday, Jan. 5 Stitched...

Kentucky Artisan Center to offer ‘A Brush of Color’ with painting demonstrations throughout November

Botanical paintings, mixed media watercolors, alcohol ink abstractions, and traditional German painted boxes highlight the Kentucky Artisan Center’s A Brush of Color painting demonstrations on Saturdays this November. Featuring a wide array of painting styles and techniques from Kentucky artists, visitors will receive a first-hand look at creative imagery that is precise, abstract and traditional. A...

Kentucky Artisan Center presents new exhibit by internationally-renowned artists Powell, Sandoval

A new exhibit recognizing internationally known Kentucky artists Stephen Rolfe Powell and Arturo Alonzo Sandoval was announced this week by the Kentucky Artisan Center. As innovators in their respective fields, both Powell and Sandoval have expanded boundaries by utilizing unusual materials and pushing their mediums into new and exciting formats. A Meet-the-Artist reception will be held on Sept. 9...

Artisan Center celebrating Crystal Anniversary in July — 15 years with a clear view of the arts in Kentucky

July 2018, marks the Kentucky Artisan Center’s 15th year as Kentucky’s premier showcase for the arts. This Crystal Anniversary will be celebrated throughout the summer and fall and includes multiple gallery exhibits, hands-on workshops during the month of July in conjunction with Berea’s Festival of Learnshops, weekly artist demonstrations, readings, special programs and more! Botanical letters...

Versailles artist Ray Papka’s colorful ‘Juxtapositions’ featured through Oct. 31 at Kentucky. Artisan Center

The Kentucky Artisan Center announces a new exhibit of works by Versailles artist Ray Papka. This exhibit showcases 19 colorful and intriguing mixed media works that spring from a central idea into a juxtaposition of color, found materials, techniques and formats. Ray Papka Papka’s works are formed by his childhood and by 30 years as a Ph.D and educator in the field of brain and nerve sciences. Born...

Kentucky Artisan Center sparkles in May with demonstrations featuring ornaments and jewelry

Gereald Legrand Price carves a Celtic pattern in sterling silver (Photo from KAC) The Kentucky Artisan Center will feature demonstrations of sparkling ornaments and jewelry during the month of May. Demonstrations will showcase handmade ornaments from lampworked and stained glass in a multitude of colors. Jewelry cut in intricate designs from sterling silver will also be featured. Artist demonstrations...

Kentucky Artisan Center to feature works made from natural materials during Earth Month in April

In recognition of Earth Day, the Kentucky Artisan Center will feature works made from natural materials during the month of April. Demonstrations will feature art made from cottonwood bark, beeswax, basswood, and corn shucks. Artist demonstrations are held on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center. Harrodsburg artist William Rogers will demonstrate cottonwood bark carvings April 7 (Photo...

Kentucky Artisan Center basketmaker Jennifer Zurick named Governor’s Award for the Arts recipient

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea celebrates basketmaker Jennifer Zurick who received the Governor’s Award in the Arts, Folk Heritage Award in a ceremony at the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Friday in Frankfort. Jennifer Zurick, of Berea, is a self-taught artist whose work exemplifies innovation, simplicity and a kind of artistic excellence that occurs when a maker of masterful skill becomes one...

Kentucky Artisan Center to open third ‘Reveal’ exhibit featuring David Stratton, Trent Altman January 13

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea announces its third exhibit introducing two new artists in, “Reveal: David Stratton and Trent Altman.” This exhibit will open Jan. 13 and continue through April 30, 2018, in the lobby of the center. Both artists work in large two-dimensional formats. “The Bog” by David Stratton David Stratton is a professor of art and graphic design at Brescia University...

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...

Kentucky Artisan Center receives five Traverse Awards from Kentucky Travel Industry Association

State artists invited to submit two-dimensional entries for Kentucky Artisan Center exhibit Reveal

Kentucky artists who work in large two-dimensional formats are invited to submit entries for the exhibit program Reveal at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Reveal will showcase one selected artist in the Center’s lobby from Jan. 13-April 30, 2018. Reveal exhibits are a regular part of the center’s exhibition schedule through an annual statewide call-to-artists. The center’s Reveal...

Kentucky Artisan Center’s ‘Get Ready, Get Set: Multiples in Clay’ exhibit features 29 state artists

“Pretty Women” by Lynn Duke, Louisville The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea has a new exhibit featuring 29 Kentucky ceramic artists. The exhibit, “Get Ready, Get Set: Multiples in Clay” showcases the creativity expressed when creating in a series. Both functional and sculptural works are included and the exhibit introduces 10 new ceramic artists to the Center. A meet-the-artist reception...