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Carved in Stone: Louisville Sculptors Featured at Kentucky Artisan Center

During the month of August, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will host demonstrations focusing on stone sculpture by three Louisville artists whose works are regularly featured at the center.

Sculptor William Duffy will demonstrate his stone carving techniques on Saturday, August 6 at the center. A self-taught stone carver, Duffy has won numerous sculpture awards and has worked full-time as an artist since 1980. His sculpture has been shown throughout the U.S. and is in numerous museum collections including the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville. 

On Saturday, August 13, Albert Nelson will demonstrate sculpting with his signature medium limestone. A sculptor since 1972, Nelson began by carving wood. He later became interested in stone and now focuses his imagery around relationships – depicting mothers and children often in his sculpture. Nelson’s work has been described as spiritual, accessible and peaceful with an immediate visual and emotional appeal. His 30-ton limestone sculpture of a fielder’s baseball mitt is in the Louisville Slugger Museum.

On Saturday, August 13, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors free guided tours through the center’s gallery exhibit, “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans” and the lobby exhibit, “Kentucky Clay: A Continuing Tradition.” 

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 and the objects featured. Tours will be given at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

On Saturday, August 20, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. 

Members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers live in many communities in central Kentucky, and their activities include carving classes, carving demonstrations at schools, monthly Kentucky Artisan Center demonstrations and special events. 

On Saturday, August 27, sculptor Mike McCarthy will carve stone in a demonstration from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the center. In 2010, McCarthy turned from carving wood to carving stone, which has become his preferred material.

“I strive for my work to have a feeling of softness even though the materials I use have hard surfaces and qualities,” McCarthy said. “Creating art has always been a necessity for me and sculpting allows my ideas to come to life.”

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located just off Interstate 75 at Exit 77. The center’s exhibit, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits on display include “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans,” through Sept. 10, 2016; and in the lobby, “Kentucky Clay: A Continuing Tradition.” For more information about events call 859-985-5448, or visit the center’s website or Facebook page.

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

Photo top: Two abstract portraits by William Duffy of Louisville

Photos bottom, left to right: Albert Nelson and his sculptures; "Dragon's Breath" by Mike McCarthy

 

CONTACT: Gwen Heffner      gwen.heffner@ky.gov

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