Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Experience the Holidays with the Arts Dec. 19 at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 15, 2015  
Contact Information:  Gwen Heffner
Information Specialist
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
859/ 985-5448, Ext. 230


On Saturday, Dec. 19, visitors to the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will experience the arts with woodcarving demonstrations and music as the Berea Welcome Center Carvers demonstrate a variety of holiday carvings and holiday music on the harp is performed by Jan Hill.

On Saturday, Dec. 19, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate woodcarving and talk with visitors from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers live in many communities in central Kentucky, and their activities include carving classes, carving demonstrations at schools, monthly Kentucky Artisan Center demonstrations and special events.


Ornaments by Will Bondurant, David Buzzard and John Ferguson of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers

Members specialize in a wide variety of techniques and styles of carving. Carvers in the group often mentor each other, and all enjoy sharing their love of woodcarving, making their demonstrations at the Kentucky Artisan Center a mix of humor, technique and storytelling.

Woodcarving has many functional and decorative formats – from functional hand-hewn dough bowls to in-the-round caricature carvings, to decorative chip or low-relief carving on wooden tiles, spoons and walking sticks.

Also on Dec. 19, Lexington musician Jan Hill will play a selection of holiday music on her harp from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center.

 Jan Hill performing on the harp

Born in Nebraska and raised in Oklahoma, Hill dreamed of playing the harp when as a child she heard it played. That dream was not realized until she and her husband finished their careers as Baptist missionaries in the Philippines, where they ministered for nearly four decades. Hill purchased a harp, taught herself to play and then took harp classes in Singapore and the U.S.

After retiring and moving to Lexington in 2001, Hill began playing at a variety of venues throughout the region. She will be playing a selection of holiday favorites from her CD “Christmas Harp Carols from the Hills,“ available at the center.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. A special exhibit, “It Takes Two: Collaborations by Kentucky Artisans,” is on display through Feb. 27, 2016. The center’s lobby also showcases an 18-foot Christmas tree with beautiful handmade ornaments by Kentucky artisans.

For more information about events call 859-985-5448, go to the center’s website at, or on Facebook at

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.