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ARTISAN CENTER EVENTS

Visitors to the Center and Berea can enjoy special exhibits daily and demonstrations from artists across the state every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
      
A Printmaking exhibit at the Center and demonstrating artists painter John Lackey, potter Kristal Gilkey and Richard Adams at the wood lathe

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Artist Demonstrations Every Saturday -
10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Kentucky Artisan Center artist demonstrations happen every Saturday throughout the year. Artists create work on site, talking with visitors and showing their  techniques. Educational handouts are free and finished work by the demonstrating artist are shown nearby.

JANUARY EVENTS FEATURE BEREA ARTISTS

Upcoming Saturday Events

Kentucky Artisan Center offers artist demonstrations every Saturday throughout the year. From 10:30 am to 3:30 pm visitors can watch the creative process come to life.

JAN. 4, 2020 
Shawnna Southerland, of Berea, will stitch fiber wrapped coils into bowls, place mats and coasters from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Center. Southerland comes from several generations of seamstresses who created both functional and decorative works. Southerland connects to her family tradition each time she sews her fiber works on her 1950s sewing machine.

JAN. 11, 2020 
Gin Petty, of Berea, will weave miniature baskets from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Center using a variety of natural fibers. Petty has been making baskets for many years and is primarily self-taught. For her demonstration, she will use the natural dried day lily leaves and vines that she gathers in the region surrounding her gardens and yard in Madison County.

JAN. 18, 2020 
Two members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate woodcarving from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Center. Carving that day will be Will Bondurant and John Lister, both of Berea. 
 

JAN. 25, 2020
Janet Northern will weave baskets from Honeysuckle vines and hickory bark from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Center. Northern has been making baskets for over 20 years and is primarily self-taught. She utilizes the wood and natural vines that she gathers in the region surrounding her farm to create her baskets. While demonstrating, she will talk about how the eastern Kentucky woodlands give her inspiration as well as material from which to work.

SPECIAL EXHIBITS

The Art of the Book: 45 Years of Larkspur Press
October 20, 2019 - January 31, 2020



The Kentucky Artisan Center Celebrates 45 Years of Larkspur Press, owned and operated by artist Gray Zeitz in an exhibit Oct. 20, 2019 - Jan. 31, 2020. Featuring beautiful hand letterpress printed broadside poems with illustrations, and an array of handmade books by Larkspur Press, the exhibit includes wood engravings and prints by the numerous artists who create the images for Larkspur’s publications.

The Center’s exhibit includes information about Zeitz, the printing process and the illustrators, with examples of the various tools, metal type and wood blocks that create the imagery for his books.

Zeitz and his press are well known in the world of hand letterpress art and he has published poems by almost every Kentucky Poet Laureate and nearly all of Wendell Berry’s poetry. Zeitz began his typography career as an apprentice at the University of Kentucky King Library Press under the tutelage of Carolyn Hammer. Learning the skills of fine hand printing and typographic design he went on to establish Larkspur Press in 1974.

The work of Larkspur Press is widely recognized. In 2012, Gray Zeitz was the recipient of the Kentucky Governor’s for the Arts Artist Award and in 2015, Zeitz and Larkspur Press were featured in an article by Eric Reece in Garden & Gun magazine. Most recently, in March of 2019, Larkspur Press was featured on CBS Sunday Morning.


The Kentucky Artisan Center is located just off I-75 at Berea Exit 77. The Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and offers traveler services, shopping, gallery exhibits and Saturday artist demonstrations. The Artisan Café & Grill is open for breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  
Artist Gray Zeitz and Zeitz working on a Washington Press


LOBBY EXHIBIT

On January 19 the Center opens its fifth annual exhibit, Reveal showcasing the large format paintings of Bob Leo Jones of Louisville.

Jones is an abstract artist working in acrylics on large-scale canvas and Masonite. Jones build up layers of color with a palate knife for depth and his works are free flowing rather than linear. His painting "Cattails" shows his love for low lying spaces in nature where water gathers. The natural ponds and creeks of central Kentucky as well as the estuaries of the intercoastal region and the mangrove of Florida influence Jones. 

Reveal exhibits are a regular part of the Center's exhibition schedule through an annual statewide call-to-artists.


"Cattails" by Bob Leo Jones (48" x 48")

All exhibits and events are open to the public and free of charge. Check out our
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