Kentucky Artisan Center
Jason Kelty to Demonstrate Stone Carving Nov. 28 at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 24, 2015  
Contact Information:  Gwen Heffner
Information Specialist
gwen.heffner@ky.gov
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
859/ 985-5448, Ext. 230
 


On Saturday, Nov. 28, Jason Kelty, of Shepherdsville, will demonstrate stone carving from 10:30 to 3:30 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Kelty has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bellarmine University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture with a focus of stone carving, from the University of Kentucky. He is currently a public school art teacher and fine arts chair at Bullitt East High School. In his Salt River studio, outside of Shepherdsville, Kelty creates large scale, mostly commissioned works. Kelty feels that teaching and stone sculpting complement each other.

“While the majority of my creative processes result in a sculpture,” he said, “the presence of a learning, receptive audience is most rewarding. My sculpture often becomes a part of the community in which I find myself.”

 Kelty begins cutting a large block of limestone at his Salt River Studio

Stone that is suitable for carving ranges from the softer soapstone and alabaster to limestone and even granite. Kelty often works in limestone to better reflect the environment in which they will be placed. 

Kelty also has a sculpture in the Center’s exhibit “It Takes Two.” The work titled “Trophy Buck,” is a collaboration with fellow artist/teacher Chris Wilder.

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 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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