The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea presents exciting exhibits of artisan works and displays that showcase Kentucky's culture, heritage and attractions.
Gallery exhibits are formatted and curated by invitation and also by a statewide call-for-entries. Gallery exhibits run 5-6 months and often focus on a theme, technique, or specific medium.
Lobby exhibits are often educational, cultural or historical in content and are researched and formatted to inspire visitors to learn more about Kentucky. The lobby also features large format 2-D works, showcased in the annual exhibit "Reveal" every January-April.
See the current and upcoming Kentucky Artisan Center exhibits listed below.
Regular monthly events are listed on our CALENDAR OF EVENTS.
Current Lobby Exhibit
REVEAL- LARGE FORMAT 2-D WORKS
March 16 - June 16, 2019
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea announces the exhibit Reveal, showcasing the work of Sabra L. Crockett, Damon Farmer, Felipe Molina and Robbie Mueller. This exhibit will run March 16 – June 16, 2019, in the Center’s lobby and foyer. All four artists work in large two-dimensional formats.
Originally from Rochester, New York, Sabra L. Crockett has lived in numerous locations throughout the south before finding her home in Louisville, Kentucky. There she enjoys being surrounded by beautiful songbirds and a spectacular variety of trees.
“I am fascinated by nature. It has a secret language that I try to decipher. There is a feeling I get when observing the birds, animals, and trees - a feeling that I am experiencing something that is so familiar, and yet so extraordinary,” she states. “I have been visiting one of the largest and oldest Ginko trees in Louisville for many years now and the painting in this exhibit is the first in a series about this tree.”
As a grandmaster international sand sculptor, Damon Farmer is also a painter and muralist. His career includes major public art projects as well as theater work and animation. Farmer’s three works in this exhibit are small compared to his 20-30 food wide commissioned paintings.
Originally from Berea, Farmer’s works are infused with a kind of magic that often reflects and questions contemporary culture. His paintings make the viewer stop and think, and tend to be visions of whimsical fantasy.
“Imagined things are my favorite painting subjects and science fiction themes have the compelling appeal of being unbound by a need to match reality. It is more fun for me to design than to copy,” says Farmer.
Felipe Molina was born in Queens, New York City and now lives and works in Lexington, KY. Molina studied at the Art Students League and at the New York Printmaking Workshop. His work has been featured on the album covers of the band, Counting Crows, with eleven original works published in a new book of song lyrics for the popular rock band.
Molina’s work explores human relationships with the environment, and his landscapes have detail, surface and hidden meaning. His oil paintings are reminiscent of Pre-Colombian primitivism and modern Latin American masters. His imagery delves into philosophical ideas and the psychological connections between humans and animals. He works in oil on canvas and often incorporates sand, acrylic paint for texture and marble dust to the surfaces.
A native of Louisville, KY, Robbie Mueller has lived in Oldham County since college. After 28 years as an elementary and middle school teacher, he now focuses on mixed-media art. As a mostly self-taught artist, Mueller works primarily on a large scale with wood, paper, found objects and acrylic paint.
“For me the creative process begins as I observe the things around me. I am naturally drawn to items that show their age and have an obvious history,” says Mueller. “Old found objects evoke a memory and I begin to visualize a story. It becomes the inspiration and influence for the artist inside me.”
Mueller says that his work “Makin’ Jar Lights” was inspired by observing his youngest granddaughter scampering around the yard capturing lightning bugs in a jar. The simple act of making “jar lights” seems to be a universal phenomenon that links shared memories.
Current Gallery Exhibit
THE GREAT KENTUCKY COVER UP
March 16 - May 6, 2019
This exhibit showcases quilts by Kentucky artists Glenna Blakley, Harlan, KY, Brenda Plaster, Lawrenceburg, KY, Janet Serrenho, Lexington, KY, and Karen Witt, Lexington, KY.
8th ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF SCRATCHBOARD ART
International Society of Scratchboard Artists
May 17 - July 31, 2019
Meet-the-Artists Reception - Friday, May 17, 2019, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
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, 2019, at the Center. Artists selected hail from all over the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, China and Portugal. This exhibit will include a wide range of works both in size and subject and will showcase some of the best artists in this unique medium.
In conjunction with this exhibit, the Center is hosting the ISSA annual conference with workshops and presentations at the Center throughout the opening weekend. Awards will be presented, in various categories, during the opening reception May 17, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. All events are open to the public.
Founded in 2011, the International Society of Scratchboard Artists is dedicated to the promotion of Scratchboard Art, offering support to artists and education to the public about this medium. The organization offers membership levels for all artists from supporters, to beginners, to professionals. It hosts annual exhibitions, demonstrations and conferences.
For more information on the conference and to sign up to attend go to the ISSA website at:
The 2018 Annual Scratchboard Exhibit Newcomer Award was "Nose-Dive" by Diana Hohlig from Switzerland
The 2018 Annual Scratchboard Exhibit Silver Award in the Open Division was "Checking His Harem" by Cynthie Fisher of Montana