“Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans”
March 5 – Sept. 10, 2016
Meet-The-Artists Reception ▪ Sunday, March 13 ▪ 1:30 – 3 p.m.
A new gallery exhibit “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans” opens March 5 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, showcasing the work of 20 Kentucky printmakers.
Printmaking is one of the oldest forms of illustration and this exhibit includes works made with an array of printmaking techniques selected by each artist to translate their individual expression and style. Printmaking methods can be quick and immediate or methodical and complex. These 20 artists have created images that tell stories and narratives, illustrate realism and nature, show humor, clarify points of view and show graphic abstraction.
The exhibit not only showcases the talent and range of Kentucky’s printmakers, but also includes information on the history of printmaking with displays of printmaking tools, equipment, and examples of different printmaking processes.
A Meet-the-Artist reception for this exhibit will be held on Sunday, March 13, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the center. Artists will be on hand to answer questions and talk with visitors and light refreshments will be served. This reception is free and open to the public.
“Kentucky Clay: A Continuing Tradition”
Now through June 30, 2016
This exhibit showcases and explains how the wealth of clay deposits all across Kentucky gave rise to an abundance of potters, ceramic industries and clay traditions.
Beginning with the origins of clay and early objects made from clay, the exhibit shows the development of tools and processes used in ceramics. Through text, photos and objects, the scope of Kentucky ceramics is covered from early Native American pottery shards, to today’s contemporary ceramic works.
This exhibit includes a focus on the history of pottery in Kentucky and the region, as well as current production centers. Text panels and photos give information about Kentucky’s clay traditions and current clay programs at colleges and universities throughout the state. A display of works by contemporary Kentucky clay artists is also included.
DEMONSTRATIONS – EVENTS – GALLERY TALKS
March 5 – Saturday
Cornshuck Dolls Demonstrated by Donna Smith at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Donna Smith, of Waco, will demonstrate her cornshuck dolls on Saturday, March 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Smith comes from several generations of cornshuck doll artists. Smith’s great aunt, May Ritchie Deschamps, was a well-known cornshuck doll artisan who spread the craft throughout the region. Smith creates single dolls as well as nativity sets with cornshuck figures.
March 12 – Saturday
Fiber Artist Tonya Vance Demonstrates Felted Easter Egg Ornaments at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Tonya Vance, of Lexington, will demonstrate her wool felted Easter egg ornaments on Saturday, March 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Vance loves brilliant color and dyes some of her wool and silk fibers before using the wet-felting process to lock the wool fibers together. The wet-felted wool are the formed into numerous shapes and ornaments.
March 12 – Saturday
Author Jim Shields to Sign New Children’s Book at Kentucky Artisan Center
Just in time for the Easter season, Jim Shields, of Lexington, will sign copies of his new children’s book “Welcome Baby Bunnies!” on Saturday, March 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
March 12 – Saturday
Free Guided Gallery Tours March 12 at Kentucky Artisan Center
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,” on Saturday, March 12. These free, guided exhibit tours will be led by Kentucky Artisan Center information specialist Gwen Heffner, who will talk about the exhibit, the artists and individual works. Heffner will answer questions about the techniques and various processes used in the objects featured. Tours will be given at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.
March 13 – Sunday
Meet-the-Artists Reception March 13 – “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans”
A meet-the-artist reception will be held Sunday, March 13, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea for the center’s exhibit “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans.” This event gives visitors an opportunity to talk with many of the artists whose work is on display.
At 2 p.m., a short program will begin in the exhibit gallery. Following this program, artists will remain on hand to answer questions and talk further with visitors. Light refreshments will be served. This reception is free and open to the public.
March 19 – Saturday
Berea Welcome Center Carvers Demonstrate at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques on Saturday, March 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
March 26 – Saturday
Elizabeth Worley to Demonstrate Basketry at Kentucky Artisan Center
Elizabeth Worley, of Lexington, will demonstrate reed basketry on Saturday, March 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Worley utilizes these antique elements in her baskets and incorporates kitchen utensils as handles.
For more information about events call 859-985-5448, go to the center’s website www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Photos, top to bottom: Cornshuck dolls by Donna Smith: Felted Easter egg ornaments by Tonya Vance; "Dancing in the Blue Water" by Debby Stratford in the exhibit "Great Impressions"; Carvings by Keith Flowers, a member of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers.