November is the start of holiday shopping and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea opens the season with demonstrations of carved stone and wood, and jewelry made from sterling silverware!
On Saturday, Nov. 11
, sculptor Mike McCarthy will carve stone in a demonstration from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the center. In 2010, McCarthy turned from carving wood to carving stone, which has become his preferred material.
“I strive for my work to have a feeling of softness even though the materials I use have hard surfaces and qualities,” McCarthy said. “Creating art has always been a necessity for me and sculpting allows my ideas to come to life.”
Free guided gallery tours of the Center’s gallery exhibits will be given Saturday, Nov. 11
, at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. These tours will view the lobby exhibit “Agate: Jewel of Kentucky” and the main gallery exhibit, “Get Ready, Get Set: Multiples in Clay” featuring sets of ceramics from 29 Kentucky clay artists.
On Saturday, Nov. 18
, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate woodcarving for visitors from 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center. Carving that day will be Will Bondurant, David Buzzard and Paul Anderson.
On Saturday, Nov. 25
, Sherrie Cocanougher, of Parksville, will be demonstrating how she creates jewelry using recycled silverware and flatware from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Cocanougher’s signature design incorporates vintage silverware into bracelets and necklaces. Searching in antique stores and rummage sales, she finds odd silverware pieces, which she tumbles in a rock polisher to clean and polish the surfaces of the flatware. She then combines the refurbished silverware handles with her handmade glass beads to create unique jewelry.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information about center events call 859-985-5448, go to the center’s website,
or visit the center’s Facebook