BEREA, Ky. (October 21, 2004) -- On Friday, October 29, the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will gather to both cut-up and carve as they talk, laugh, and demonstrate woodcarving for visitors from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
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 each month at the Kentucky Artisan Center to help each other, share information among themselves and with visitors. The more than 20-member group includes carvers from beginners to masters from all over Central Kentucky. Artisans demonstrating on October 29, will be Terry Jones of Paris, Keith Flowers of Richmond, Jack Gann of Berea, and Ron McWhorter of Richmond. Most carvers in this regional group carve in-the-round figures and McWhorter is also a bowl maker. Members generally have a good time together at the Center, laughing, carving and talking to visitors.
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 used for carving are walnut, butternut, catalpa, cedar, basswood or buckeye.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is located 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 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. The Center currently features works by more than 450 artisans from all across the Commonwealth. For more information call 859-985-5448 or visit the Center’s web site at kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Commerce Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.