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Kentucky Artisan Center is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75
From the Director
Visit soon to enjoy all the wonderful work artisans in Berea and
around the state are creating!
Kentucky Guild of Artists &
Craftsmen Exhibit Continues through Aug. 20
LaVon Williams: Kentucky Folk Artist
Exhibit Continues through Aug 1
At the May 21, Meet-the-Artist Reception, Williams spoke about his work's being inspired by his own "American experience." In an earlier May 18 interview with Nick Lawrence on the WUKY radio program "Curtains at Eight," Williams spoke of growing up "surrounded by art." His grandmother made quilts, his mother was a seamstress, and his uncle was a woodcarver. LaVon's mother taught him to sew and it was his uncle who taught both LaVon and his brother to carve.
LaVon's father was a musician. Music and jazz "filled the house" when he was young - including the music of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk. LaVon added that he often listens to music, especially jazz, when carving. He commented that he couldn't remember a time "when art wasn't a part of his thinking and environment." The influence of music can be seen in several of the carvings that Williams has provided for sale at the Kentucky Artisan Center.
During the Meet-the-Artist reception at the Center, Matt Collingsworth, executive director of the KY Folk Art Center at Morehead State University commented on Williams' importance nationally as a folk artist, and also spoke about their Center's annual "Day in the Country" folk art event in Morehead, KY.
An exhibit catalog produced by the Kentucky Folk Art Center at Morehead State University is available for purchase at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea ($10 plus tx & shipping). For more information about purchasing a catalog or works by LaVon Williams, please call 859-985-5448.
Upcoming Exhibit - An Artful Array:
Bowls by Kentucky Artisans
Berea & Kentucky Artisan Center in
Best of the Midwest
The editors recommended visiting the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea to "get an overview of the extensive local crafts traditions - including tasty bourbon balls." Other recommended Berea locations include: the Berea Welcome Center, Berea College, The Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant, Main Street Café and Snug Hollow Farm. Victoria Faoro, executive director of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea comments, "We are proud to be among the many attractions that make Berea, Kentucky, a very appealing and unique destination for Kentuckians as well as travelers from around the country."
The 2011 edition includes more than 3,000 recommendations of where to go, where to stay, what to eat and what to do in the Midwest.
Free Guided Tours at Kentucky Artisan
Center at Berea
30TH Annual Berea Craft Festival July
ARTISANS IN THE NEWS
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Painter and Printmaker John Lackey has been commissioned to create the award that will be given to recipients of the 2011 Governors Awards in the Arts. John's print titled "Trilobite" can be seen at: www.homegrownpress.com
Jacque Parsley and Gayle Cerlan have works included in "Triptych," a mixed media exhibition at Billy Hertz Gallery in Louisville. "Triptych" runs through June 18.
Bruce and Kelley Hoefer of Turning Wheel Pottery were featured on Kentucky Educational Television (KET) program "Kentucky Life" on June 4.
Murray ceramic artist Wayne Bates was commissioned by the Kentucky State Chamber of Commerce to create an installation of nine platters.
Sculptors Erika Strecker and Tony Higdon created a commissioned sculpture for the newly expanded Mercer County Library in Harrodsburg titled "Of Time and Tilth." The sculpture is a large sculptural screen that is 15' x 15' 5" and is made up of found, made and fabricated agricultural implements. The library is open 7 days a week and can be contacted at http://www.mcplib.info/
The organization Louisville Clay held their annual pottery sale "Home Thrown, Home Grown" at the Bardstown Road Farmer's Market May 20 in Louisville with KACB artisans Linda Bowman, Marianne Brown, Amy Elswick, Matthew Gaddie, Laura George, Tonya Johnson, Martha Puckett, Laura Ross and J.D. Shall participating.
"Common Threads: Contemporary Textile Art from the Commonwealth", will be on view at the Claypool-Young Art Gallery and Department of Art and Design at Morehead State University from June 4 - July 25, 2011. KACB artisans participating include: Kathy Loomis, Louisville; Mary Nehring, Versailles; Marti Plager, Louisville; Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Lexington; Cathy Vigor, Ashland; Joanne Weis, Louisville; and Laverne Zabielski, Somerset.
Raison D'Etre performed on the Governor's Stage at the Derby Day Celebration in Frankfort, at Mayfest Arts Fair held in Lexington, and at the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance in Montreat, N.C.
First Lady Jane Beshear celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Floral Clock at the Capitol with hundreds of garden club members from throughout the state and second grade students from Peaks Mill Elementary School in Frankfort. Award-winning garden designer and Kentucky native Jon Carloftis helped design and plant the garden along with volunteers and the Garden Club of Kentucky.
Flame Run Gallery will be having a kid-friendly glass art exhibit with proceeds to benefit the Children's Hospital Foundation from June 3 - July 30. Children are invited to an opening day kid-friendly reception from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 4 with glass artist Steve Scherer doing a flame-working demonstration.
On June 25 the Harrodsburg Festival of Books and Art will feature Kentucky authors reading and selling their books. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Artisan Opportunity: The Kentucky State Fair is
offering artists the opportunity to showcase products and services to visitors
on the Fair's Toyota Motor Manufacturing Blue Ribbon Stage. The State Fair,
which will take place from Aug. 18-28 in Louisville, is looking for exhibitors
who would like to conduct a 30-60 minute demonstration of their specialty in
arts and crafts, hobbies, gardening, and home improvement. The deadline for
applications is July 11. For more information please contact Bryan Blair at
502/ 367-5212 or visit www.kystatefair.org
10:30 AM 3:30 PM (unless otherwise noted)
EXHIBIT Now Through August 20,
GALLERY EXHIBIT August 27, 2011 -
February 25, 2012
LOBBY EXHIBIT Now Through August 1,
CARVED WOODEN DECOY
Berea Craft Festival - Indian Fort Theatre,
PASTEL PAINTING DEMONSTRATION
Artisans are invited to
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