Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
NEW EXHIBIT - "Weaving in Kentucky: A Continuing Tradition"

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 17, 2015  
Contact Information:  Gwen Heffner
Information Specialist
gwen.heffner@ky.gov
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
859/ 985-5448, Ext. 230
 


A new exhibit, “Kentucky Weaving: A Continuing Tradition” has opened at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, where it will be on display in the lobby through Nov. 14, 2015. The exhibit showcases hand-weaving in Kentucky from the turn of the century through the present, including Berea College’s weaving programs, Lou Tate and the Little Loomhouse in Louisville, Churchill Weavers and today’s artisans.

With informational panels and photos the exhibit shows how Berea College Fireside Industries – which has become Berea College Student Crafts – influenced many weaving centers and contributed significantly to the revival of hand-weaving as an art form. The college not only trained students to become weavers, but also produced a small hand loom that was sold throughout the South-east.

The history of Churchill Weavers is also featured. Begun by the husband and wife team of Carroll and Eleanor Churchill in 1922, Churchill Weavers produced and sold fine woven products throughout the United States for nearly 80 years. The Kentucky Historical Society houses the Churchill Weavers archives, much of which can be viewed online at www.history.ky.gov

  

Photos, left to right: A Berea College student weaves on the loom designed by Anna Ernberg circa 1914; Images of weavers and works at Churchill Weavers, an industry in Berea from 1922-2007.

 

The exhibit also features The Little Loomhouse, a weaving center in Louisville, Kentucky, started by weaver and artist Lou Tate. Now operated by the Lou Tate Foundation, this center continues to teach weaving today.

This exhibit also includes information about weaving organizations throughout the state as well as many of the contemporary weavers who produce works sold at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea and other shops and galleries.

 

Photos, left to right: A panel from the exhibit, "Weaving in Kentucky: A Continuing Tradition; a Berea College student working to warp a loom as part of today's Berea College Craft Program.

 

“Kentucky Weaving: A Continuing Tradition” will be on display at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea through Nov. 14. 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 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.