On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors free guided tours through the center’s gallery exhibit, “Capturing the Art of Sport: Works by Kentucky Artisans,” and a lobby exhibit, “Kentucky Bourbon: Distillation and Inspiration.”

“Capturing the Art of Sport,” features works by 25 artists and includes wood carvings, photographs, paintings, textile works, baskets, prints, mixed media works and sculpture. A wide variety of sports are captured by these artists, including fishing, boating, soccer, golf, baseball, horse racing, cycling, archery, basketball and boxing.

In the Center's lobby the exhibit "Kentucky Bourbon: Distillation and Inspiration," shares with visitors via text panels and photographs, the history of bourbon in the state, as well as the distillation processes, terms and production. Maps of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and information on the state's Bourbon Trail tours are also included along with a display of a variety of bourbon-themed gifts and products. Also on display is a selection of furniture made by artists who have recycled bourbon barrels to create unique chairs, stools and tables.

 "Kentucky Fearless" by Agustin Zarate

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 at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

In addition, on Feb. 8, Janice Harding Owens, of Mount Vernon, will be demonstrating folk art painting from10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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.

The Kentucky Artisan Center currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. For more 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.

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



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