July 06--BEREA -- This weekend will be an exciting time to visit Berea, said Gwen Heffner of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Events will be taking place throughout the town and nearby.
The 33rd annual Berea Craft Festival begins Friday morning at Indian Fort Theater on KY 21 east of town and concludes Sunday.
It will feature the works of more than 100 artists from Kentucky and around the country Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be paintings, glass, wood, pottery, photographs, baskets, jewelry, toys and more.
Festival goers also can watch artist demonstrations and enjoy the sound of music in the woods with performances by Mitch Barrett, the Berea College Country Dancers and Emory Joseph.
Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for seniors, with children under 12 free.
Also, July 10-13 is the Whippoorwill Festival, which takes place at HomeGrown HideAways, a 100-acre farm west of Berea.
The festival offers over 60 workshops featuring old-time and traditional Appalachian living skills in a family-friendly atmosphere. Attendees can learn how to play the banjo, do home canning, raise chickens and more. Journalist Tom Eblen has described the festival as "part Scout camp, part folkways festival and part family reunion, straight out of the pages of the old Whole Earth Catalog." For more details, visit www.whippoorwillfest.com.
Celebrating the creative spirit, Berea's annual Festival of Learnshops begins Friday with workshops by master craftsmen, artists, musicians, chefs, award-winning writers and experts.
Learnshops range from two-hour to weekend-long sessions in a wide variety of subjects. They are available on all levels -- from children to adults through July 27.
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Events at the Kentucky Artisan Center will include a demonstration Saturday by Louisville potter Karen Brown-Levy. Demonstrating hand-built clay jack-o'-lanterns, Brown-Levy will show her process and talk with visitors about her work from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Demonstrating artists can also be seen in the many working studios throughout Berea. A schedule of daily activities is available at the Artisan Center, the Berea Welcome Center in Old Town and from Berea shops and galleries.
Special exhibitions on display in Berea include the Kentucky Artisan Center's gallery exhibit "Repurposed & Recycled: Works by Kentucky Artisans" and the lobby exhibit, "Kentucky Bourbon: Distillation and Inspiration." Free guided gallery tours of these exhibits will be given by center staff at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Berea Arts Council is showcasing the exhibit "The Potters of Madison County" in its new headquarters in Old Town, Berea. This exhibit features the work of 20 ceramic artists and runs through July 19.
Also in Old Town, Gastineau Studio is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with a retrospective exhibit of jewelry and sculpture in their gallery.
While in town, treat yourself to a horse-drawn carriage ride starting at the Boone Tavern and guided by Christine Seals of Whistle Stop Stables, Heffner said.
"A carriage ride through the town of Berea behind majestic Percheron horses is a great finish to any day," she said.
"There's something for everyone to enjoy in Berea this weekend," Heffner concluded, "so come and experience the creative spirit of Kentucky -- always alive in Berea!"
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