Kentucky Tourism

Money, Twyla & Lonnie — Money's Folk Art

East Bernstadt, KY


folk art sculptures, gourd & carved wood

Brought up on the Laurel/Jackson county line in hilly farm lands, Lonnie and Twyla Money are living close to where they grew up. Other than a ball topped cane he made as a child for his grandfather, and other carvings created for his own amusement, Lonnie Money didn’t take carving seriously. Lonnie has, “always thought of artists as someone else.”

In the early 1980’s Lonnie did a piece of work for the crafts marketing program at nearby Berea College and met art dealer Larry Hackley who encouraged Lonnie to create his own pieces and his own designs. In the late 1980’s Money began to devise his own patterns and his wife Twyla took over most of the painting. Today Lonnie and Twyla’s studio is a converted milking barn where they create striking and colorful carvings of the animals that farming life has made so familiar.


Lonnie and Twyla Money’s carvings can also be found at The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY.