Kentucky Tourism

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.

SPECIAL UPCOMING SATURDAY HOLIDAY EVENTS

Kentucky Artisan Center adds musical performances, book signings and food tastings in December to enhance holiday shopping!

DEC. 7, 2019 
Steve Scherer Demonstrates Lampwork Glass Ornaments - 10:30-3:30
Ruth Hunt Candy Tasting - 11:00 - 2:00
Jim Schields Signs Children's Books - 11:00 - 2:00

DEC. 14, 2019 
Justin Burton Demonstrates Broomaking - 10:30-3:30
Rehabs Rope Performs Holiday Music - 11:00 - 2:00 (piano, fiddle, guitar and voices)

DEC. 21, 2019 
Berea Welcome Center Carvers Demonstrate Woodcarving
Parker Hastings Performs Holiday Favorites - 11:00 - 2:00  ((jazz guitar picking) 
 


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

The Center’s  lobby showcases "Holiday Quilts" through Dec. 31, 2019. Large, medium and baby quilts with holiday and other themes are shown by quilt artists Janet Serrenho, of Lexington, and Brenda Plaster, of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.




All exhibits and events are open to the public and free of charge. Check out our Facebook page to experience the creative side of KY!

If you have any questions about the schedule or a specific event, please contact us.


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