December brings colder temperatures, but all is cheerful and warm for shoppers and visitors at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea where a variety of musical performances and artisan demonstrations will enhance the shopping experience.
On Saturday, Dec. 3, Paul Buhrmester, of Bowling Green, will demonstrate his unique painted and decorated gourd ornaments from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center.
Mostly self-taught, Buhrmester loves being able to grow his own gourds and is inspired by the process of watching them grow and then changing them into art. The size, shape, thickness and color of the gourds inform his imagination and determine his final design. Using an art form called pyrography, burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point, Buhrmester creates amazing ornaments.
Also on Dec. 3, musicians Kyle Meadows and Tisa McGraw will perform sets of holiday music on hammer dulcimer and Celtic harp. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 3, this musical duo will talk to visitors about their music and their unique instruments and be available to sign their CDs.
Both Meadows and McGraw began their careers in music as children, learning to play the piano. McGraw played electric bass with a rock ’n’ roll band before turning to the world of harp music, gaining a reputation for her delicate and beautiful handling of the instrument.
As a duo, Meadows and McGraw have been performing together ten years playing from coffeehouses to concert halls. From toe-tapping renditions of holiday favorites to hauntingly beautiful traditional Christmas carols, visitors will enjoy this musical experience.
On Saturday, Dec. 10, Sherrie Cocanougher, of Parksville, will demonstrate how she creates jewelry from antique sterling silverware from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center.
Working with glass has been Cocanougher’s main medium and she creates her glass beads using soft glass from Moretti, annealing them in a digitally controlled kiln.
Cocanougher’s signature design incorporates vintage silverware into her bracelets and necklaces. Searching in antique stores and rummage sales, she finds odd silverware pieces, which she tumbles in a rock polisher to clean and polish the surfaces of the flatware. She combines the refurbished silverware with her handmade glass beads to create unique jewelry.
Also on Saturday, Dec. 10, musicians Lorinda Jones and Cathy Wilde will perform holiday music on Celtic instruments from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center. Jones plays Celtic harp and Appalachian dulcimer and Wilde plays the Irish Uilleann bagpipes and flute.
Wilde played the classical flute until a trip to Ireland in 1987 introduced her to the tin whistle. Wilde found her true instrument, the Irish bellow-blown Uilleann bagpipes in 2007. This instrument is a smaller, quieter and more versatile version of the Scottish bagpipes.
This musical duo will perform sets of holiday music, talk to visitors about their music and their unique instruments and be available to sign their CD's. Enjoy Celtic flavored Christmas carols and holiday favorites by these talented musicians.
On Saturday, Dec. 17, visitors to the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea can experience woodcarving demonstrations by the Berea Welcome Center Carvers, who will carve and talk with visitors from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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.
The Center will be closed all day Christmas day, Dec. 25, but will be open regular hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all that week.
Join in the holiday spirit; listen to live holiday music and shop for everyone on your Christmas list! The Kentucky Artisan Center has an amazing array of gift items – from jewelry to pottery, paintings, turned wood, books, musical recordings, furniture, colorful clothing, specialty foods and ornaments of every hue and color. Come see our 15 foot Christmas tree in the lobby with ornaments by Joette Dunn and Elizabeth Worley.
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 and information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9 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 “Have a Seat: Chairs by Kentucky Artisans,” through March 31, 2017; and in the lobby, “Kentucky Clay: A Continuing Tradition” and “Reveal: Monica Pipia” on display through Dec. 31. For more information about events call 859-985-5448, go to the center’s website, or visit the center’s Facebook page.
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Photos, left to right: The musical duo of Kyle Meadows and TIsa McGraw; Na Skylark featuring Lorinda Jones and Cathy Wilde