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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.


The Kentucky Artisan Center welcomes the International Society of Scratchboard Artists for their annual conference May 17-19. Opening the weekend is the reception for the exhibit "8th Annual International Exhibition of Scratchboard Art" on May 17 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Come and meet the artists in this astonishing International exhibit, with awards being presented in both Associate and Masters categories. 

Conference workshops can be signed up for by artists with some experience in scratchboard by contacting the International Society of Scratchboard Artists at:


8th Annual International Exhibition of Scratchboard Art
May 17 - July 31, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION - May 17 from 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. 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 5:00 to 7:30 pm. All events are open to the public.

This exhibit showcases highly detailed and representational imagery with nature and animals as predominant subjects. Works are most often rendered in black and white, but the addition of colored inks give these works a full range of visual realism. 

Many of these works appear to be high-resolution photographs, fooling the observer upon first encounter.  The level of artistry in this exhibit is extraordinary, especially in the works by Master Level member artists: John N. Agnew, of Ohio; Linda Heath Clark, of California; Lori Dunn, of Ontario, Canada; Ginger Gehres, of North Carolina; Lorna Hannett, of British Columbia, Canada; Patrick Hedges, of South Australia; Heather Lara, of California; Karen Rankin Neal, of New Zealand; Ann Ranlett, of California and Cathy Sheeter, of Colorado.

Having received recent accolades in the fine art world, scratchboard is a two-dimensional medium that requires incredible skill and dedication. Each artwork is created by meticulously engraving into a board coated in white clay and then covered with ink. Line by line, the ink is removed with a sharp tool creating contrasting values and a high level of detail as the clay becomes exposed. This process has roots going back to the 1800's and is now making a comeback in graphic design and fine art. 

This exhibit also includes information by each artist as to why they chose certain subjects and why they use the medium of scratchboard. Cynthie Fisher, of Hamilton, Montana, states, “After taking 18 trips to Africa, elephants always figure highly on my list of subjects. I love their intelligence, family bonds and their occasional bursts of temper.”

Lori Dunn, of Norwood, Ontario, explains why she works in the scratchboard medium. 
“I particularly love scratchboard for the ability to focus on light and shadow, rather than color, as well as the unsurpassed level of detail that can be created using just the tip of the knife. To be able to deftly render and engrave every tiny detail of a wildlife subject is incredibly satisfying to me.” 

The International Society of Scratchboard artists, formed in 2011, is a non-profit society dedicated to promoting artistic professionalism and the medium of scratchboard to the world of fine art. ISSA now has over 200 members worldwide. Many members have been featured in some of the finest art museums and galleries, winning awards on a global scale. The Kentucky Artisan Center is pleased to showcase this 8th Annual International ISSA exhibition, offering visitors the only chance to observe a complete show solely dedicated to this unique medium. 

For more information on the 8th Annual International Exhibition of Scratchboard Art, contact Gwen Heffner at [email protected] or call 859-985-5448, ext. 230, or visit our Facebook page.

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.

The Kentucky Artisan Center is an agency in the Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. For more information, visit


March 16 - June 16, 2019

This exhibit showcases four Kentucky artists who work in large format 2-D. Works shown are by Sabra L. Crockett, of Louisville, Damon Farmer of Versailles, Felipe Molina of Lexington, and Robbie Mueller of La Grange, Kentucky.

Reveal exhibits are a regular part of the center’s exhibition schedule through an annual statewide call-to-artists and provides an exhibition opportunity for 2-D artists whose large works cannot be accommodated within the center’s regular retail spaces.




March 16 - May 6, 2019

This exhibit showcases four Kentucky quilters, Glenna Blakley, of Harlan, Brenda Plaster, of Lawrenceburg, Janet Serrenho, of Lexington, and Karen Witt of Lexington, 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!

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