The Kentucky Artisan Center will honor Earth Day during the month of April with artist demonstrations showcasing a wide variety of art made from natural materials. Artists will be working with gourds, beeswax, wood, cornshucks and stone – all natural materials used to create their art. Demonstrations at the Center are on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
On Saturday, April 1
, Donna and Donnie Smith, of Waco, will carve and paint their homegrown gourds from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Donna, who has a background in graphic design, draws on the gourd first with pencil, and then with a wood-burning tool. Donnie Smith carves the gourds and they are then painted with watercolors, inks, dyes, water-based stains and sealed with a clear acrylic.
Also on April 1
, Author Jim Shields will be signing copies of his book, "Welcome Baby Bunnies" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center.
On Saturday, April 8
, Lisa Hagen, of Louisville, will demonstrate how she makes her round beeswax luminaries using dried flowers and wax from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Each one holds a votive candle which glows when lit and sends the fragrance of honey and beeswax into the air.
Also on Saturday, April 8
, The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors free guided tours through the center’s gallery exhibit, “225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History” and “Reveal: Don Ament and Joyce Garner.”
Kentucky Artisan Center staff will talk about the exhibits, the artists and individual works. Staff will answer questions about the techniques and various processes used, and the objects featured. Tours are at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.
On Saturday, April 15
, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Carving that day will be John Ferguson, Gene Barnes and Marion Thompson.
On Saturday, April 22 – EARTH DAY
- Darlene Hellard, of McKee, will create an amazing array of flowers from cornshucks from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Hellard dyes the cornhusks many colors and then folds and shapes them into a variety of flowers. Over the years, she has come up with many new flower designs.
On Saturday, April 29
, basket artist Jan Treesh, of Lexington will demonstrate her basket weaving techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Treesh uses traditional weaving techniques and her basket forms include both traditional round bottom baskets that are formed by arranging reeds in a “spoke” fashion, and then twining the walls with round reed.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibit, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea currently features works by more than 750 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits on display include “225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History” through Sept. 23, 2017, and in the lobby “Reveal: Don Ament and Joyce Garner.” For more information about events call 859-985-5448, or visit the center’s website
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.