Carved wooden spoons by Will Bondurant
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. 6, Louis Northern will demonstrate his oil painting techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center. To give his paintings a more three-dimensional texture, Northern often builds up the surface of his canvas with gesso, a white paint mixture consisting of a binder mixed with chalk, gypsum or pigment. Northern uses gesso to prepare the painting surface and often applies it thickly or in layers.
Most of Northern’s subject matter is rooted in his surroundings – farmland, mules, logging trucks and the woods that grow on his lands.
On Saturday, Jan. 13, 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.
On Saturday, Jan. 20, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate woodcarving for visitors from 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center. Carving that day will be Will Bondurant, John Ferguson and John Lister.
On Saturday, Jan. 27, Gerald LeGrand Price, of Berea, will demonstrate his techniques used to create his jewelry at the Kentucky Artisan Center from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Price is a recent graduate of Berea Tourism’s Art Accelerator Program and he creates a line of copper, sterling silver and bronze jewelry using hand-forming and casting techniques.
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 “Get Ready- Get Set: Multiples in Clay” through Feb. 24, 2018; and in the lobby from January 13 to April 30, ”Reveal: David Stratton and Trent Altman.” 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: Miniature natural material baskets by Gin Petty of Berea; Copper cuff by Gerald LeGrand Price