Kentucky Artisan Center Honors State's History

Photo: "Cane" by Mark A. Selter


The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will honor the 225th Anniversary of Kentucky becoming a state in 2017, with the exhibit 225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History.

Kentucky has always cherished its history. The preservation of Kentucky stories, places and traditions has shaped its culture today. This exhibit includes 60 works by 51 Kentucky artists who have recorded and celebrated numerous facets of Kentucky’s rich 225-year history.

These works capture the essence of Kentucky – including its historical places, people, events, state commerce, agriculture and the state’s unique flora and fauna. Accompanied by written stories and histories in each artist’s words, this exhibit entices the viewer visually and verbally.

Covering Kentucky history from 1775 to the present, this exhibit includes portraits of famous Kentuckians from Daniel Boone to Mohammed Ali. 

Viewing this exhibit brings Kentucky history to life with sculptures, images and words from 51 Kentucky artists.

A meet-the-artist reception for this exhibit is open to the public and will be held on Sunday, March 26, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. 

Participating artists include: Lydia Allen, Pewee Valley; Johanna Argo, Louisville; Robert Berger, Berea; Bill Berryman, Winchester; Sylvia Brestel, Louisville; Sarah Stopenhagen Broomfield, Berea; Elizabeth Brown, Mt. Sterling; Marianne Brown, Lawrenceburg; Cara Haney Clark, Ashland; Angela Comperry, Hopkinsville; Julie Warren Conn, Lexington; Marlene Dennis, Louisville; Jeanette C. Dickison, Maysville; John Andrew Dixon, Danville; David Farmer, Danville; Jack Fifield, McKee; Linda Fifield, McKee; Lu Fuller, Maysville; Norman Green, Danville; John Hendrickson, Louisville; Robert Hunt, Richmond; Sallie Clay Lanham, Frankfort; Frank Lyne, Adairville; Alison Lyne, Adairville; Margo Marquette, Nicholasville; Marianna McDonald, Lexington; Mark Miller, Lexington; Alan Mills, Berea; Lonnie and Twyla Money, East Bernstadt; Louie Northern, Mount Vernon; Kathleen O’Brien, Harrodsburg; Anna Marie Pavlik, Frankfort; Patricia Ritter, Burkesville; Judy Rosenfield, Louisville; Melvin Rowe, Sulphur; Marilyn Sadler, Versailles; Jim Sams, London; Mark A. Selter, Lebanon; Wyatt Severs, Murray; Peggy Sherry, Somerset; Carol Shutt, Hillsboro; Sarah Cobb Spradlin, Paris; Elizabeth Clare Taylor, Bardstown; Tonya Vance, Lexington; Cathy Vigor, Lexington; Carl Von Fischer, Mount Vernon; David Waltz, Columbia; Steve White, Maysville; LaVon Williams, Lexington, and Elizabeth Worley, Lexington.

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 information areas are open daily, year-round, 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 center currently features works by more than 750 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. The exhibit, “Reveal: Don Ament and Joyce Garner” is on display in the lobby through April 30, 2017. For more information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, go to the center’s website, or visit the center’s Facebook page.

Photos below, left to right: "Ali" by Robert Hugh Hunt; "Lincoln" by Frank Lyne; "Louisville & Nashville RR. No.1962" by Robert Berger




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