Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Regional Woodcarvers Demonstrate at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
On Friday, October 10, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate woodcarving from 10:30 – 3:30 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. All three of these woodcarvers, create in-the-round figures which are whimsical and imaginative from a variety of woods. Some carvers use Cedar for the beauty in its color and the wonderful natural odor that emanates from the wood.
This regional woodcarving group is organized by Berea artisan John Adams who teaches woodcarving in the Continuing Education Program at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. Members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers have nearly all studied with Adams, and they gather twice each month at the Kentucky Artisan Center to help each other, share information among themselves and with Center visitors. The more than 20-member group includes carvers from beginners to masters from all over Central Kentucky.
Woodcarving is an ancient art found in every culture and part of the world. Carving styles include whittling, line carving, chip carving, pierced carving, relief carving, in-the-round carving (sculpture), architectural carving and chainsaw carving. Woodcarvings are classified as realistic, caricaturized or stylized (without specific features). Woods commonly used for woodcarving are walnut, butternut, catalpa, cedar, basswood or buckeye.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located at 975 Walnut Meadow Road, just off Interstate 75 at exit 77 (Berea). 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 8 a.m. to 7:00 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 web site at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet.