Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Free Guided Gallery Tour Nov 12 at Kentucky Artisan Center
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors and travelers free guided gallery tours through the center’s two current special exhibits on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Nov. 13, is the last day to view the center’s lobby exhibition, The Clays of Kentucky - a Kentucky Historical Society Exhibit. In the entire scope of Kentucky history, only a few families have played an influential role in public life over many decades. The Clay family is one of those.
From the settling of Kentucky in the late 18th century to the close of the 20th century, members of the Clay family have made important contributions in business, politics, agriculture, and women’s rights. The Clays have greatly affected life in Kentucky and the course of the Commonwealth’s history.
The tour also includes the center’s exhibition, An Artful Array: Bowls by Kentucky Artisans. This exhibit showcases a wide range of works created by 41 Kentucky artisans working in clay, wood, glass, fiber and stone. Bowls included are both functional and nonfunctional with some works becoming pure sculpture.
These free guided exhibit tours will be led by the center’s Information Specialist Gwen Heffner, who will talk about the exhibitions, the artists and individual works. Heffner will answer questions about the techniques and various processes used to create these bowls. Each 15-minute tour is given at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.
Also of interest on Nov 12 will be Mike Ware of Hindman demonstrating pottery on the wheel from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are all open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the café from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from 100 counties across the Commonwealth. For more information call 859-985-5448 or visit the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.