On Saturday, Jan. 12, Darlene Hellard, of McKee, will be creating cornshuck flowers from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

A native of Jackson County, Hellard creates an array of colorful cornshuck flowers and cornshuck angel bookmarks and angel ornaments. Hellard’s mother-in-law taught her to make a cornshuck wreath in 1981, and after her aunt learned to make cornshuck flowers by watching a program on Kentucky Educational Television, she showed Hellard how to make her first flowers.

Hellard used to search through her neighbors’ corn cribs to gather corn shucks to bleach and dye for her flowers. Today she buys the materials commercially and uses fabric dyes to achieve her different colors. Her flowers are made by first tying a flower center onto a floral wire stem. Then each flower petal or bud is cut to pattern, shaped and tied individually before being assembled and tied again onto the stem. Hellard creates a wide variety of flowers in different sizes and her small iris is especially realistic.

Hellard is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Craft Marketing Program.

Cornshuck flowers and other items by Darlene Hellard are regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, 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., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from more than 100 counties all
across the Commonwealth. A special exhibit, “The Threads that Bind: Textile Works by
Kentucky Artisans,” is on display through Feb. 23, 2013. For information about the center’s
events 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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