Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Wendy Currier Demonstrates Pen and Ink Drawings on Recycled Materials at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 07, 2015  
Contact Information:  Gwen Heffner
Information Specialist
gwen.heffner@ky.gov
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
859/ 985-5448, ext. 230
 


On Saturday, July 11, Wendy Currier, of Lexington, will demonstrate how she creates pen and ink drawings on recycled materials. Her demonstration will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Born in New York City and raised in Virginia and Maryland, Currier moved to Kentucky in 1979. She taught special education and has a degree in special education, a master’s degree in reading, and a second master’s degree in library science.

Currier says she was influenced in art by her grandfather, who often created woodcarvings during time off from work during the Depression. Currier is self-taught in art and has been creating art since her elementary school days. She makes drawings and renderings as well as commissions using her main drawing tool - a Rapidograph pen.

    


Photos: Wendy Currier demonstrates her pen and ink sculptures at the center; Currier creating pattern with pen and ink; finished scultpure by Currier titled, "Sea Fish Shack Up"

 

Now retired from teaching, Currier started a graphic design business creating pen and ink cards and illustrations. Her works show her flair for dramatic contrast and great detail, and she combines intricate patterns with original illustrations.

“I adored building blocks as a child and young adult, so I decided to combine my pen and ink with these blocks.” Currier continues, “I couldn’t draw directly on the block surfaces because the ink didn’t adhere. So I attached recycled paper from old books to the block surfaces and drew on the paper with pen and ink.”

Works by Currier 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 features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. A gallery exhibit, “Turn, Turn, Turn: Lathe-Turned Works by Kentucky Artisans,” is on display through Sept. 12. 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