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Kentucky Artisan Center
Admission is always free.
April 7, 2012
From the Director
Our "About Face" exhibit continues, and we've added a new lobby exhibit "Thinking Big," featuring fascinating large-scale works including a 8.5 ft tall rocking chair by Berea woodworker Doug Haley. Our artisan demonstrations continue on Saturdays, and on Sunday, April 15th, we will also feature a Chautauqua performance that will bring to the Center John G. Fee, founder of Berea's Union Church and Berea College.
And there is always much to do in the Berea area, from galleries and studio tours, to hiking, to enjoying a performance. When you plan your trip, please keep in mind that our center is now open year-round from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and our cafe serves from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
We hope to see you soon!
NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
"ABOUT FACE" EXHIBIT CONTINUES THROUGH AUGUST 26
Visitors continue to enjoy this exhibit featuring a wide range of works in which the human face is a central element, focal point or inspiration.
Created by 41 Kentucky artisans working in photography, painting, fiber, clay, gourds, wood, bronze, collage and mixed media, the works in this exhibit include both realistic and abstract interpretations.
On March 18, nineteen of the artists featured in "About Face: Kentucky Artisan Works Inspired by the Human Face" joined other guests to talk about their work during our Meet-the-Artist reception. After a brief introduction by the Center's Assistant Director, Debby Giannini, each artist spoke briefly about their work and shared information about their process, techniques and artistic intent.
Above: Artist Carl Von Fischer (right) poses with his painting "Feelin' It" and its subject during the recent Meet-the-Artist reception.
Left: Artist Megan Sauter poses during the reception with her work "Water Deity," sculpted using her own face.More on our "About Face" exhibit
NEW LOBBY EXHIBIT: "THINKING BIG:
OVERSIZED WORKS BY KENTUCKY ARTISANS"
Now through April 28, 2012
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is now featuring an exhibit, "Thinking Big: Oversized Works by Kentucky Artisans," in the center's lobby through April 28. This exhibit includes one-of-a-kind oversized brooms by Christopher Robbins, a 10 ft. tall giraffe by Yardbirds, an oversized willow chair by Ron Owens, and a maple rocker by Berea woodworker Doug Haley made from 120 board feet of specially sawn ambrosia maple and weighing approximately 200 pounds.
Above Right: Sales associate Pearl Moran tries out Doug
Haley's oversized rocker.
On Sunday, April 15, actor Obadiah Ewing-Roush of Louisville, will portray John G. Fee in a performance titled, "Abolition - Amen!" beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the private dining room at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
The Rev. John Gregg Fee (1816-1901) was born in Bracken County, Kentucky, the son of slaveholders John and Sarah (Gregg) Fee. One of Fee's visions was to create a school where men and women, black and white, could learn together as equals. That dream came to fruition when he established Union Church of Christ, an anti-slavery, non-denominational church that would eventually lead to the founding of Berea College.
This performance is free and open to the public. As a part of the Kentucky Humanities Council's Chautauqua Series, this program is funded in part by both the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Above: Obadiah Ewing-Roush portraying John G. Fee.
The Center will continue to be open to the public year-round from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.daily, with the cafe serving food from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. As always, the Center will be open regular hours Easter Sunday and all other holidays this spring and summer.
April 27-29, Berea's "Hands Four Spring Dance Weekend" will feature dance callers from Ohio and North Carolina and live music and bands. This event will be held at the Russell Acton Folk Center and the Berea Center for the Arts. (859) 986-7584
May 5, the Berea College Craft Spring Craft Sale will offer reduced prices on handcrafted items produced by the students at Berea College Crafts. This sale will be held in the Mueller Building on the Berea College Campus from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. (859) 985-3229
Berea's newest opportunity for learning is called the Berea Festival of Learnshops. On July 14-28, artists from all around the state will lead classes during two weeks of hands-on workshops in contemporary crafts, music, culinary arts, woodworking, painting, writing and much more. There are classes for all ages and experience .
ARTISANS IN THE NEWS
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Kyle Meadows performed with Tesa MCGraw at the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati and at Kentucky Haus in Newport, KY, on St. Patrick's Day.
Stephen Rolfe Powell was presented with the Distinguished Educator Award by the James Renwick Alliance on March 24, in Washington D C. This award recognizes those with an outstanding ability to increase student and public understanding, awareness and appreciation for the rich history and traditions in the field of craft. The James Renwick Alliance is an independent non-profit organization which supports the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery by acquiring craft of artistic significance and superior workmanship, and funding public eduction programs, publications, Renwick Gallery exhibitions and scholarly research in contemporary and historical American Craft.
In March, the Kentucky Arts Council recognized five outstanding exhibiting artists at Kentucky Crafted. KACB artisan winners were: Theresa Kibby for the Exhibitors Choice Award; Dan Neil Barnes for the Best of Show Award; Mayapple Creations, Josie and Mark Lamb WIlliams, won the Best Booth Design Award; Lonnie and Twyla Money won the Best New Exhibitor Award; and Crosswinds Pottery, Cynthia Carr, won the Excellence in Accessibility Award.
The Kentucky Arts Council's exhibit of architectural artists will be prominently featured at the Central Kentucky Home, Garden & Flower Show, April 12-15, in Lexington. KACB artisans participating are: Dan Neil Barnes, Laura Hallock, Craig Kaviar, Laura and Scott Kellersberger, Michael McCarthy, Melvin Rowe, and David Shadwick.
Trent Altman of Louisville, was one of eight artists from around the world whose work was chosen for the United Nations Autism Awareness Stamp 2012. Altman's winning design is titled "An Abstract Garden II."
In March Jennifer Stephens McLamb presented a trunk show at Coldwater Creek in Fayette Mall, Lexington, KY, featuring her eco-friendly jewelry.
Events are from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM (unless otherwise noted)
GALLERY EXHIBIT Now Through August
LOBBY EXHIBIT Now through April 28,
PAINTED AND CARVED GOURD DEMONSTRATION
FREE GUIDED GALLERY
CHAUTAUQUA PERFORMANCE - JOHN G. FEE
"ABOLITION - AMEN!"
EARTH DAY DEMONSTRATION - JEWELRY FROM
GOURD PINE-NEEDLE BASKET
FREE GUIDED GALLERY
TRADITIONAL BAVARIAN PAINTED WEDDING
FREE GUIDED GALLERY
FOLK ART PAINTING DEMONSTRATION
BRAIDED WOOL RUG
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