Berea’s Got Talent - Kentucky Artisan Center Demonstrations Feature Berea Artists

Photo: Gerald LeGrand Price and his jewelry at the Kentucky Artisan Center


Berea is known for its wealth of talented artisans and January brings that talent to the Kentucky Artisan Center. Take the chill off winter and visit the Center for a warm meal and the chance to watch Berea studio artists demonstrate their skills. 

On Saturday, Jan. 7, Jeannette Rowlett, of Berea, will demonstrate her sterling silver wire wrapped jewelry from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center. Rowlett incorporates semi-precious stones and Austrian crystal in her works. Rowlett is also the director of the Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen.

On Saturday, Jan. 14, Virginia Petty, of Berea, will demonstrate how she creates her miniature baskets from natural plant materials from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center.

Petty has been making baskets for many years and is primarily self-taught. For her demonstration she will use the natural dried leaves and vines that she finds and gathers in the region surrounding her gardens and yard in Madison County.

Also on Saturday, Jan. 14, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors free guided gallery tours through the center’s exhibit, “Have a Seat: Chairs by Kentucky Artisans” and the lobby exhibits, “Reveal: Don Ament and Joyce Garner” on Saturday, Jan. 14.

These free, guided exhibit tours will be led by Kentucky Artisan Center staff who will talk about the exhibits, 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, Jan. 21, Justin Burton, of Berea, will demonstrate his broom making techniques for visitors to the Kentucky Artisan Center from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Burton graduated from Berea College where he worked in the college Broomcraft program under the guidance of master broom maker Christopher Robbins. Burton rose to the position of student manager and helped produce over 500 brooms for the college. After graduation, Burton was accepted into Berea Tourism’s Art Accelerator Program which he has now completed. Burton is a newly juried artisan at the Center.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, Gerald LeGrand Price, of Berea, will demonstrate his techniques of texturing copper to create his jewelry at the Kentucky Artisan Center from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Price is a newly juried artist at the center and is a recent graduate of Berea Tourism’s Art Accelerator Program. He creates a line of copper and bronze jewelry using hand-forming and casting techniques. 

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located just off Interstate 75 at Berea 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 “Have a Seat: Chairs by Kentucky Artisans,” through March 18, 2017; and in the lobby ”Reveal: Don Ament and Joyce Garner.” 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.


Photos: Jewelry by Jeannette Rowlett; Miniature natural grass baskets by VIrginia Petty; "Sittin Pretty" oil painting by Joyce Garner; Broom by Justin Burton.



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