Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Sculptor Mike McCarthy Carves Stone Nov. 14 at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
On Saturday, Nov. 14, Mike McCarthy, of Louisville, will demonstrate stone sculpting from 10:30 to 3:30 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Born and raised in Chicago, McCarthy came to Kentucky to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bellarmine University, studying under stone sculptor and artist Bob Lockheart. McCarthy has continued to live and work in the Louisville area and is a member of Pyro Gallery in Louisville.
Initially working in graphic design, McCarthy worked for the YMCA for 15 years, and has operated his own furniture and carpentry business. Working with wood has been a part of his family history as his grandfather, who lived next door, taught him how to work with wood and use tools. His father also worked in wood as a hobby.
In 2010, McCarthy turned from carving wood to carving stone, which has become his preferred material. He likes the contrast of the soft “skin” of a planned human form - versus the hard and solid properties of the alabaster, limestone and soapstone that he uses.
Soapstone sculptures by Mike McCarthy
“I strive for my work to have a feeling of “softness” even though the materials I use have hard surfaces and qualities,” he said. “Creating art has always been a necessity for me. It provides an avenue for bringing the ideas in my head to life.”
Works by McCarthy are regularly available at the center, located 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., with the cafe open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The center currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. A gallery exhibit, “It Takes Two: Collaborations by Kentucky Artisans” is on display through Feb. 27, 2016, and in the lobby “Weaving in Kentucky: A Continuing Tradition” is on display through Nov. 14, 2015. For information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center, or go to the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.