The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea celebrates 10 years as Kentucky’s showcase for the arts in 2013. To mark this anniversary, three days of special events will take place July 19-21, with multiple artist demonstrations, musical performances and appearances by historical figures portrayed by Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua performers.

 A select exhibition, “The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea: Celebrating 10 Years,” with works by 52 founding artisans is featured in the gallery, and in the lobby two exhibits, “The Founding of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea” and “Highlights of the First 10 Years,” showcase the history of the making of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea with visual highlights from the first 10 years. Available during the festivities will be special Kentucky foods, and more!

Available on the center's website, is a 10 Year Anniversary Coupon - for a 10% discount for ten days on retail purchases from July 12 - 21.  www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov


Friday July 19
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

Robert Brigl, of Bowling Green, will create clay face jugs                                 

 Face Jugs by Robert Brigl

Berea College student Jen Salyer demonstrates broom making

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Robert Tincher, of Lexington, performs ballads with guitar

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

“Colonel Harland Sanders” will visit the center, as portrayed by actor L. Henry Dowell, of Nicholasville, to walk and talk with visitors 
Café special – Fried Chicken in honor of Col. Sanders’ visit

Saturday, July 20
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Chris Ramsey, of Somerset, will demonstrate how he turns hats, bowls and vessels from wood on a lathe

Architect Charles Jolly, of Lexington, one of the Kentucky Artisan Center’s architects, will demonstrate watercolor painting

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kyle Meadows and Kentucky Wonder String Band – Kyle Meadows, Jack Bunch and Steve Adkisson perform on hammer dulcimer, banjo, guitar and fiddle

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“Henry Clay” will visit the center, as portrayed by actor George McGee, of Georgetown, to walk and talk with visitors

  George McGee appears as Henry Clay

Café special – Country Ham – Henry Clay’s favorite

Sunday, July 21
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Glass artist Steve Scherer, of Edmonton, will create glass ornaments

Dacelle Peckler, of Danville, demonstrates wire horse sculptures 

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Chattering Magpies - A Celtic Duo”- Lorinda Jones and Greta Gillmeister perform music on Irish harp and Irish flute
  Chattering Magpies

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

“President Abraham Lincoln” will visit the center, as portrayed by Jim Sayre, of Lawrenceburg, to walk and talk with visitors

Café special – Apple Pie – Abraham Lincoln’s favorite


Portrayals of these famous Kentucky historical figures are possible through the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and musical performances are made possible in part by the Kentucky Arts Council.

Mark your calendars now for July 19-21 to visit Berea during the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea’s 10 Year Celebration.

The Center has welcomed more than 2 million visitors since its 2003 opening, and offers works created by more than 650 artisans from more than 100 counties throughout the state. The Center offers full traveler services with shopping, travel information, artist demonstrations, special exhibitions, restrooms and a cafe.

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.

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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