Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Free Guided Gallery Tours at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, February 10, 2015  
Contact Information:  Gwen Heffner
gwen.heffner@ky.gov
Information Specialist
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Phone: 859 - 985-5448 Ext. 230
 


On Saturday, Feb. 14, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors free guided tours through the center’s gallery exhibit, “Put a Lid On It: Containers by Kentucky Artisans” and the lobby exhibit, “Kentucky Murals by Frank W. Long.”

“Put a Lid On It” features over 45 artists and includes works made from clay, wood, leather, glass beads, felted wool, alabaster, old children’s building blocks, cast glass, Kentucky agate, sterling silver and recycled materials. 

     

“Redwood Burl Box” by Robin Costelle and “Horse Barrel Box” by Janet Bailey Burch in the exhibit, “Put a Lid On It” at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

 

The lobby exhibit showcases the murals located in Kentucky that were created by artist Frank W. Long (1906-1999). These murals, one of which is in Berea, are on view in Lexington, Louisville and Morehead. From 1932-1942, Long lived and worked in Berea creating over 19 murals for public and federal buildings in the states of Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, Maryland and South Carolina.

Image of Frank W. Long's mural in Berea’s Police and Municipal Building titled, “Berea Commencement in the Old Days”

 

These free, guided exhibit tours will be led by Kentucky Artisan Center Information Specialist Gwen Heffner, who will talk about the exhibit, the artists and individual works. Heffner will answer questions about the techniques and various processes used in the objects featured. This tour will be given at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

In addition, on Feb. 14, Jeannette Rowlett will demonstrate heart-shaped jewelry from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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. with the cafe open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The center currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. For more 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.

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