The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors free guided tours through the center’s gallery exhibit, “The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea: Celebrating 10 Years,” and the center’s two lobby exhibits, “The Founding of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea” and “Highlights of the First 10 Years,” on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea: Celebrating 10 Years,” recognizes the works of 52 Kentucky artisans who have exhibited and sold their works at the center since it opened in July 2003.

2013 marks the Center’s 10th anniversary year, and this celebratory exhibit includes all mediums, from wooden toys to silk clothing, painted gourds, ceramics, folk art, photographs, jewelry, baskets, weavings, turned wood and more.

The center’s lobby exhibit, “The Founding of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea,” shows the history of how the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea came about, from the April 1996 tornado, through meetings, planning, construction and the grand opening in July 2003. A pictorial showcase of highlights from the past 10 years accompanies this visual history.

These free, guided exhibit tours will be led by Kentucky Artisan Center staff who will talk about the exhibit, the artists and individual works. Staff will answer questions about the techniques and various processes used in the objects featured. This tour will be given by the center's Information Specialist, Gwen Heffner,  at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

Also on Aug. 24, basketry artist Derek Downing, of Lexington, will demonstrate reed basketry from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the center.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea, Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the cafe open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Celebrating 10 years in 2013, the center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. For information about the center’s programming, call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center, or go to the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.



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