Artists
Nancy Kelly Allen’s route to award-winning writing has more twists and turns than a winding mountain road. She worked as a social worker and an elementary school teacher. When Nancy changed career paths once again and became a school librarian, the route led her straight to the world of children’s books. Nancy spent her days reading to children and her nights...
​Michelle Amos holds her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Louisville in fiber construction. She has shown in over 50 exhibitions and has been awarded the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Artist Residency. Michelle has 18 years of experience teaching with a focus on community art and special populations. Michelle is an instructor from the Little Loomhouse, a 76 year old weaving and fiber...
Bob Bagley is an artist, photographer and woodworker living in Berea, Ky. He spent twenty years in the organ building industry learning his skills from professional artists and craftsmen. He has studied woodturning, wood finishing and design and has shown his work in museums and galleries in the US, Germany and Italy. Selections of his work can be seen at the Kentucky Guild...
​Pat works from her studio in Northern Madison Country. Special commissions include work for University of Kentucky Appalachian Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Louisville Zoo and many more. She has illustrated three children’s books and is working on the third book in the Appalachian series for the University Press of Kentucky. She is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and...
​Joan Beck is a fiber artist and partner in Berea’s local yarn shop, Fiber Frenzy LLC. She has been teaching fiber arts in the area for a decade, inspired to share the heritage skills for which this region is known. Winner of many awards for her stitching, Joan is also a natural problem solver, helping students learn and improve their skills.
Robert (Bob) Berger is a Berea watercolor painter and calligrapher, who holds regular painting classes on a year-round basis. Bob started painting in 2003 but has been illustrating and drawing mechanically, as well as calligraphically most of his life. He has his fine art gallery and working studio in the former Mitchell Tolle Building, currently home to Gallery 123, 633 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY.
As an artist, Bill draws and paints those subjects that he knows and loves most. His most recent work consists of drawings and paintings that are inspired by the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY. Bill’s work is representational and realistic in nature and is created on site and in the studio. He works primarily with pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor,...
​Will Bondurant has been making Shaker boxes as a hobby and part-time source of income for about 10 years. He has worked with wood for over 50 years and taught woodworking at the high school level for 20 years. Will’s boxes and carriers have been sold at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, KY and at Completely Kentucky in Frankfort, KY. Some of Will’s...
​Donna has been a full time artist/designer since 2003. Although she works with clay, glass and corn shucks, she is best known for her painted gourds, which she markets at Honeysuckle Vine in Berea and other shops.
Susan Bradish was born and raised in a military family and was exposed to lots of travel and to many different cultures from early childhood. Susan’s professional training and career experiences are deeply rooted in the biological sciences. In 2006, she left her former career in veterinary medicine to explore her creative calling. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Eastern...
​Mary Brown has extensive experience in the area of education and the use of puppets. She worked for many years as an elementary/early childhood classroom teacher and music teacher; sixteen years in higher education teaching general, elementary, early childhood education classes; four years as a puppeteer and doing workshops with a variety of audiences. Mary attended local, regional, and national puppet conferences....
​1972 graduate of Berea College, charter apprentice in Ceramics Apprenticeship Program through Student Craft Industries. Private shared studios in TN, NC, and Berea. Currently, since 1996, at Cedar Meadow Studios in SE Madison Co. Sales are at my co-op Gallery 103 on Short Street on the College Square. Member of the KY Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, KY Museum of Arts and Crafts, in Louisville, Southern...
Diana Colgate is an energetic art professional who loves showing students the joy of Soft Pastel. Over the past 15 years she has worked in her community to keep art alive by teaching summer art camps and classes in her home studio. She is an award winning artist and a juried member of several organizations including, the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, and...
Kathy Conroy is an artist who has been fascinated by capturing the essence of wildlife for as long as she can remember. Taking paints to canvas ever since she was a young child, she’s been mastering her craft for well over 50 years. Though she is largely self taught in a wide variety of mediums, she holds a degree in Graphic Arts from...
David Cooper of Lexington is the founder of The Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth Friendly Living. He led the Mountaintop Removal Road Show from 2003 to 2010, and currently hosts student groups in Harlan, Kentucky to teach them about the impacts of mountaintop removal on the people, waters and the Appalachian Mountains. He has been building and distributing pallet benches to communities across Appalachia...
Tasha Cotter is the author of the poetry collections Some Churches (Gold Wake Press, 2013), The Aqua Notebook (Anaphora, 2019), and three chapbooks. Her work has appeared in journals such as Contrary Magazine, NANO fiction, and Thrush. A graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass Writers Studio, she is included in the 2018-2019 Kentucky Humanities Speakers Bureau. She makes her home in Lexington,...
Judy Cowen has lived in Madison and Estill Counties most of her adult life. Her love of bold, vibrant colors is reflected in the designs she favors, along with stitch patterns that capture the imagination of the knitter as well as the viewer. Her choice of materials and patterns are reflections of her bright and cheerful personality. Judy is a skilled knitter, tackling...
I am a contemporary ceramic artist from Virginia Beach, Va, a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and currently an artist-in-residence with the Guild. I also have four years of professional experience as a ceramic apprentice at Berea College learning the art of pottery as both an artisan skill and as an educator for workshops. I worked as an outreach...
Heather Dent is the founder of the Berea Outdoor Adventure Club. She organizes various outdoor activities for families including: Fairy House Workshops, Young Entrepreneur’s Marketplace, cardboard box pop-up playgrounds, and nature art workshops. She’s done workshops through various organizations including Berea Farmers Market, Makers Market, Playthink, and the Festival of Learnshops.
​Neil Di Teresa, a New Yorker by birth, is a Kentuckian by choice. As Professor Emeritus of Painting and Drawing at Berea College (Seabury Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching; Phi Kappa Phi Professor). He has a Bachelor Degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (Dean’s Scholarship) and a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (University Graduate Fellowship)....
Colors and textures drive my art and my art making. This is evident in my acrylic paintings and form means of expression in my monotype and mix media pieces. After graduating from UK’s art department, I worked in the graphic arts in the sign industry. After that hiatus I returned to acrylic painting then found printmaking several years later. My artwork has...
​Jeff Farmer graduated from Berea College in 1983 and ran the Blacksmithing Shop of the Student Craft Program for thirty years. He regularly teaches classes in blacksmithing to students of all ages.
​Mike and Steve Farmer have been creating a variety of wooden crafts at their studio, Bittersweet Woodworking in Berea, for thirty-five years. Mike has been teaching classes for five years.
​Steve Farmer has a Master’s Degree in Wood Technology from Eastern Kentucky University. He was the instructor in the Woodworking Shop of the Student Craft Program at Berea College for thirty years. He creates a variety of wooden crafts at his studio, Bittersweet Woodworking in Berea.
Jessica Faulhaber has loved the fiber arts for as long as she can remember. Her Grandmother taught her to crochet and how to hand embroider during the summers when she was young. Now Jessica teaches about fiber being part of an effort to be self sustainable and truly believes that there is nothing like the feeling of being able to make the things...
​Beaded vessels have been Linda’s primary artistic focus for twenty-five years. These range in size from 2 inches to 2 feet. Classic forms, vivid colors and simple compositions define these vessels. Precision of the intricate beading stitch and elaborate embellishment further distinguish the work. Each vessel is undertaken with the joy of her personal challenge. Linda’s wish is to create objects of beauty,...
Elizabeth Foley is an artist/printmaker. For over twenty years she has exhibited work regionally and has art on view at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, UK Chandler Medical Center, May Department Stores, and Kentucky One Healthcare Network. While developing her art practice, she taught art for the past twenty years; five years at Wyoming Middle School in Wyoming, Ohio and fifteen years as...
Pam Gadd is an accomplished banjo player and vocalist who has worked with a number of legendary musicians and bands including Wild Rose, the New Coon Creek Girls, Patty Loveless, Johnny Russell, Stella Parton, and Porter Wagoner. Pam feels equally at home playing clawhammer or Scruggs-style banjo and she has collaborated on recordings with Dolly Parton, the Daughters of Bluegrass, Vince Gill, Terri...
Hank Gevedon has a Bachelor’s of Science in technology education, secondary education, as well as a Master’s degree in technical education, and a principalship in vocational education. Hank started blacksmithing and toolmaking in 1978, he has taught technology education, woodworking, welding, creative problem solving, and a wide variety of other technical classes over the past 35 years. Hank taught as part of the...
A multi-talented artist, Diane Gilliam is a painter, stained glass artist and photographer. Her stained glass overlays combine her love of art glass and relief sculpture. Her work is exhibited in her gallery and studio in Berea’s “Old Town” Artisan Village.
​Tull Glazener, from Indianapolis, IN, has been sharing the music of the mountain dulcimer through performances and workshops at festivals throughout the country since 1986. He enjoys adapting all kinds of music to the mountain dulcimer, including aires and waltzes, rag-time, traditional/old-time, contemporary, classical and jazz. He has produced 5 recordings, is the author of 8 instruction books, and has produced a series of “learn-at-home”...
Sam Gleaves was born and raised in Wytheville, Virginia where he began playing music as a teenager with the help of local mentor Jim Lloyd, a multi-instrumentalist, storyteller and barber. Lloyd introduced Gleaves to nationally recognized ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams who shared with Gleaves the old “love songs” of her community tradition. Rooted in Appalachian sounds, Gleaves’ songwriting sings of contemporary rural...
Andy Glenn is a designer and furniture maker who serves as Supervisor of the Woodcraft Program at Berea College Crafts. Before coming to Berea in August 2017, Andy spent the past 4.5 years in Rockport, Maine working at a restoration shipyard, then a cabinet & furniture shop, before starting his own furniture business. Along with designing and constructing custom pieces, Andy taught woodworking workshops, both...
Born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, Carla Gover was exposed to all the ingredients that go into making a true Appalachian musician of the first order. The Old-Time Herald says, “Carla’s music contains the best elements of traditional Appalachian Music, including purity, intensity, integrity, and vivid imagery.” She is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, with wins at the Kerrville Newfolk Festival, Merlefest’s...
John Harrod has been documenting, playing, and teaching Kentucky music for 45 years. He has produced field recordings that are available from Rounder Records and the Field Recorders’ Collective. He has taught fiddle at the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School, the American Festival of Fiddle Tunes, the Augusta Heritage Center, Centre College, and Berea College. He performs with Kentucky Wild Horse, a band that...
I come from a family of musicians and grew up in an environment rich in the arts, as well as the vibrant natural world that is the blessing of rural living. Creating mainly functional pots, I often alter the symmetry of the wheel and delve into sculptural realms. I allow the softness and whiteness of porcelain to speak, firing the work with matte...
Grace Henderson creates paint classes that are designed for anyone, artistic or not, no matter their age or skill level. She is one of Berea College’s Partner for Education Teaching Artists. She has over thirty years of experience teaching art in K-12 schools. Her business, Just a Little Artsy, was started in winter of 2017 when she started offering group paint classes to...
Raised in Somerset, Vallorie Henderson is proud of her rural Kentucky roots. “I’ve lived and worked in both large and small communities in and outside of the United States. My Kentucky heritage has always provided me with a strong sense of self and the confidence to approach life with enthusiasm and curiosity.” Vallorie holds a bachelor of arts in art from Berea...
Beth has been making baskets since 1975, initially experimenting with coiled work, an extension of her love of hand-sewing and constructing. Learning from Ollie and Lestel Childress and Leona Waddell she is honored to be a bearer of south central Kentucky’s white oak tradition. A partner in The Basket Maker’s Catalog, Beth creates patterns, products and learning opportunities through teaching and hosting...
Born in Elkins, West Virginia, Carol Hilleary is a painter now living in Cross Lanes, West Virginia. Even though she has been drawing since childhood, Carol began her art training at Nitro High School in Nitro, West Virginia where she started with a love for pastels. She went on to graduate from Glenville State College with a B.A. in liberal arts with...
Judy is from Winston-Salem, NC where she lives with her husband, Kirk. A graduate of Campbell University, she has had an interesting and varying career as an educator. She retired from public education after 35 years. Having been involved with music all her life playing the piano, flute, and other instruments, she was asked 10 years ago to teach dulcimer at her local community college....
Darla Jackson is the founder/owner/president of Mountain Gypsy Herbs, Inc., a bath and body product company that specializes in soaps, lotions, scrubs made with local products. Mountain Gypsy is a Kentucky Proud and Appalachian Proud company and is featured in many gift shops throughout Kentucky including its featured shop, Local 205, in Paris, KY which is also owned by Darla Jackson. Darla...
Growing up in Eastern Kentucky, Rebekah Johnson learned to sew from her mother. She is the owner of Old Town Fabric in Berea, where she sells a wide variety of cottons, quilting fabrics, polyesters, and flannels. She teaches sewing and quilting classes throughout the year. She is dedicated to keeping the art of sewing alive and leaving lasting stitches in the fabric of...
Beth Jones is a multi-media, teaching artist living in Corbin, Ky. She specializes in mixed media collage. She also held workshops in schools and camps and is a nationally recognized leader of youth in the Boy Scouts of America 2009-2014. She directed the Northwest Georgia Autism in the Arts Event in Dalton,GA in 2008.
​Dr. Jeannette K. Jones, RCC, is a full professor and Dean of Education at American Intercontinental. University (AIU), a Stamp and Mixed Media Artist, and a Breast Cancer Survivor. She serves on the Broad of Directors for Star Charities, Inc. and founded Stamp To Cope, Inc. to share breast cancer survival skills and coping therapies. Dr. Jones received her BS in Human Resource...
While in college, I took an art class as an elective, and it sparked my love of art. Several years later, I returned to college to pursue my interest in art, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Eastern Kentucky University. I work as a fine artist and graphic designer from my home studio.
Lewis Lamb is widely recognized as one of Kentucky’s foremost traditional musicians and luthiers (creators of stringed instruments). His finely crafted instruments are featured in the Kentucky Folklife Program’s exhibit, Made To Be Played, which has toured throughout Kentucky. One of his handcrafted and richly decorated fiddles is on permanent exhibit in the Berea City Hall. Lewis is the coordinator of...
Dr. Kyle Lee is currently the Administrative Dean at STEAM Academy in Lexington, Kentucky. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Lee was the Academic Standards Coordinator in the Division of Program Standards – Office of Teaching and Learning at the Kentucky Department of Education and served as Principal at Hearn Elementary School in Frankfort, Kentucky. With teaching experiences ranging from Kindergarten through 12th grade,...
Amy Lewis is a visual artist living and working in Berea, Kentucky. She paints in vibrant, colorful acrylics on stretched canvas exploring the natural world in intricate layers and texture. Improvised layers of her paintings often evolve through an intuitive process. Lewis has a Master’s Degree in Art education from Eastern Kentucky University and has done extensive post graduate work in painting.
Fran has been beading for 25 years and teaching for 5 years. She has had close to a dozen original beaded pieces published in national beading magazines and books. Her work has been sold in many galleries and local shows.Fran has been a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen for over a decade.
Heidi creates jewelry and teaches in the same studio where she first learned metalsmithing in 2008. She loves the opportunity to teach the fun of using hammers, saws, a torch and imagination to transform a simple piece of metal into jewelry. She is a juried member of Indiana Artisan and the CCA Gallery. She participates in Voices of Hope, a program to fund breast...
Corporate experience: 33 years of professional Color Matching and Product Development on global basis. Lifelong interest in art, attending classes and workshops at Art Academy of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati, national workshops, art study in Italy, Greece, Croatia and China. Member of Cincinnati Art Club, Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society, Western Ohio Watercolor Society, Queen City Artisans, International Decorative Artisans League, Mixed Media Mavens and...
​For more than twenty years, Scott has been teaching “How To” classes to all age groups including community classes through Bluegrass Community and Technical College. He has a relaxed and helpful way of introducing people to new skills for their use and employment. Recently his interest has turned to jewelry making. With the help of his father, he has been concentrating on working...
Mike McCarthy is a Louisville, KY based sculptor working primarily in stone. He was born and raised in Elk Grove Village, IL., a suburb of Chicago, and attended Bellarmine College in Louisville where he received a B.A. in Fine Art. While working in various mediums, over the last 7 years he has been focused primarily on carving stone, carving every day. He is...
Ronnie McWhorter was born in 1941 in rural Owsley Co KY, then moved to rural Jackson in 1947. He has always whittled - started carrying a pocked knife at age 6. Ronnie joined a wood carving club in Lexington Ky in 1978 and the Berea, KY Welcome Center carvers in 2001. He started carving Dough Bowls in 1989, and to date has made over 300. He taught many people the...
Bob has been a blacksmith and farrier for 40 years. He uses the traditional metalworking techniques of heating, bending and drawing out to build sculptures and functional pieces. As a member of ABANA and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, he participates in exhibitions and his work is displayed throughout Berea and the region as public art and in private collections. Since the...
An award-winning artist, Judy Mudd has been a full-time watercolor artist and instructor for over 10 years. She teaches many classes and workshops each year and offers videos-on-demand. She belongs to many art associations including the Kentucky Watercolor Society where she was recently named Kentucky Master Watercolor Artist of 2019.
​Chester Mullins is a Master Furniture Maker in the Berea College Crafts program. Chester has a distinguished background in product management and production. He recently guided a student team that designed and produced 256 pieces of furniture for the new Deep Green Residence Hall on Berea’s campus, as well as 120 dining chairs for the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Restoration project. Chester produces custom...
Cari Norris has been a student, teacher and performer of old-time music for 30 years. As a young child she was rocked and sung to by her maternal grandmother Lily May Ledford over many extended bedtime rituals. These precious memories instilled in her a deep and abiding love of mountain music very much connected to the love she had for her grandmother. Old-time music...
Cheyenne Olson is Executive Director of Sustainable Berea and an avid chicken-keeper. Richard Olson is Director of the Berea Urban Farm and keeper of the farm’s ducks.
Richard Olson is Director of the Berea Urban Farm where he manages the farm’s hives as well as his own backyard hives. This is his sixth year running the Backyard Bees Project, where he has assisted more than 25 households in Berea in becoming beekeepers.
Lucian Parker grew up in Franklin County on a tobacco and cattle farm and began fiddle lessons at the age of 38 with Wanda Barnett, a member of The New Coon Creek Girls. Mr. Parker’s other violin instructors include Raymond McLain, John Harrod, Jimmy McCown, Jamie Wells and Jesse Wells. His CD, “Rambo,” includes a variety of tunes; old time, bluegrass, folk, and...
Michael Parks has over forty years of experience playing guitar. Since his first band formed in 1973, he has played at a number of festivals, clubs and events in the midwest region. He enjoys playing country, blues, rock, jazz and bluegrass guitar styles. After retiring from his career in aviation maintenance, Michael returned to Berea in 2017. He builds and repairs stringed instruments professionally and...
Katia is an artist and certified Zentangle® teacher trained by the founders Rick Robert and Maria Thomas in Rhode Island- Providence. Katia is from Brazil and has lived with her husband in Burnside, Kentucky since 2013. She always loved art and studied drawing in Brazil. After moving to Kentucky, she began to paint with acrylic and soon discovered a passion for watercolor. In 2016 she...
Deborah Payne is a fiddler and singer from Berea, Kentucky. Deborah’s music is strongly infused by some of the region’s most beloved musicians with mentorship by artists such as Jean Ritchie, the McLain Family Band, and Michael Cleveland. Deborah has maintained the traditions of the region playing for folk dances, teaching children’s dance, and providing lessons for area students. Deborah...
Sandra C. Pence’s enthusiasm for the human condition, her appreciation of the natural world, and her quest for self improvement are the wellspring of her creativity. Her inspiration from nature is easy as she lives in the beautiful Appalachian foothills of southern Ohio and is drawn to the outdoors. She often incorporates bits of nature such as twigs , rocks, branches, nests, and...
Laura Poulette is a full time professional artist who paints botanical watercolors. She graduated from Berea College in 2000, earning a BA with an emphasis on Fiber Art. She lives with her family on a homestead they are building themselves in the hills outside of Berea. She is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, The Kentucky Artisan Center at...
Troy and Della run the Front Porch Recording Studio located in the “Old Town” Artisan Village in Berea, KY. They produce and co-host “The Berea Podcast”, a show about the town they have called home since 2015. Troy has been engaged with podcasting since 2007 and has produced hundreds of episodes for a variety of podcasts, ranging from his favorite TV shows and comics to...
​Mary is a master corn shuck artist designing and producing corn shuck flowers, doll, angels, birds and nativity sets for well over 30 years and selling them nationally. She has taught her craft in schools, libraries, 4-H, conferences and privately. One of Mary’s goals is to preserve and pass on the traditional folk art of corn shuck doll and flower making.
​Robin has been growing, teaching workshops and selling mushrooms for over 25 years to fine restaurants, farmers markets and folks that visit the farm from all over KY and beyond.
Under the name Renmeleon, illustrator, author, and designer Ana Maria Selvaggio has been a working creative for 33 years. Living a very eclectic, digitally-analog life, Selvaggio has a passion for writing and has worked in and around the publishing industry since the mid 90s as a book designer and editor. Her joys include reading, storyboarding, drawing, and creating worlds from the ground up for...
​Chris Robbins developed a love of broom making at age 14 when he began working in the broom shop at the BitterSweet Cabins in Renfro Valley, KY. He learned Broom Making from Jim Harmon, a master broom craftsman from Springfield, KY and in 2009, restoration was completed on an old family cabin which now houses his broom shop. In June 2010 Chris was hired as master...
Martin Rollins is an artist educator based in Louisville, Kentucky. He has worked in schools around the state of Kentucky as an artist-in-residence for the Kentucky Arts Council, and as an art specialist for the Jefferson County Public Schools. Rollins was a visual art faculty member for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, the Kentucky Institute for the Arts in Education,...
Roberta Schultz plays guitar, sings and writes songs for the Kentucky Women’s Trio, Raison D’Etre who have 9 recordings and one concert DVD to their credit. As a Teaching Artist for the Kentucky Arts Council, Schultz has worked with Kentucky students to create songs inspired by literature and visual art. She is a Trained HealthRhythms Facilitator (Basic and Advanced Strategies), and is...
As a literary artist, Sizemore has over 300 stories and poems published in magazines and anthologies and one published book of poetry. She develops curriculum integrating language arts across the curriculum for KET/PBSLearningMedia and has published four resource guides for educators on teaching through literature and the arts. She is on the rosters of teaching artists for the Kentucky Arts Council, VSA of...
Christa Smith was born in Germany and moved to America in the mid 1960s. Christa remembers as a child, and later as a young adult, visiting the Bayerisches National Museum in Munich and seeing the beautiful Bavarian folk art. The painted boxes and furnishings left a lasting impression on her. Christa researched the Bavarian Folk Art of “Bauernmalerei,” which dates back to the...
Twenty years ago, Donnie and Donna Smith planted gourds by their back porch and their journey as craftspeople began. Donna eventually left her job and she and her husband Donnie became full time gourd artists. Most of their gourds are raised on their five-acre farm by Donnie. A good dried gourd, though, is just the beginning—Donnie washes each gourd to remove the...
Judson Steinback resides in La Crosse, WI, a beautiful city nestled between the rolling hills of the upper Mississippi River Valley. There he plays and performs with several bands, including the Leafhoppers, Walk Old Shoe, and as a session musician. Judson has 18 years experience playing, performing, and teaching the mountain dulcimer. While his main focus is on traditional music, he enjoys learning, teaching,...
​Linda has been designing and making jewelry and accessories for over thirty years. She has taught classes for over fifteen years. Linda’s jewelry can be found in several boutiques and State Parks around KY, as well as on Etsy, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook under Jazzy Jewels by Linda. She has taught adult classes at EKU for several years and classes at Madison...
In addition to exhibiting and selling her own work, Pat is a teaching artist with a focus on fiber techniques. She facilitates projects through the KY Arts Council, VSA Arts of KY, The Kentucky Center’s Arts in Healing program and several other organizations. Pat has been a quilt-maker for over 35 years and has been teaching fabric dyeing and surface design techniques for 10...
​Jacqueline Sullivan is a mixed media, acrylic, book and calligraphic artist. She is well known for her pieces that experiment with texture, layers, paint, unusual materials, calligraphic marks and words. Jacqueline’s work has been shown nationwide in galleries and juried art fairs. She has a degree in Graphic Design and worked for many years as a publication and advertising designer. For over 30...
Diana Smith Thomas began her adventure as a self-taught polymer clay jewelry artist in 2010. During her transition between teaching in private education to public education she discovered a new passion for the medium polymer clay. Two years later she joined forces with James Rich, another polymer clay artist to form their jewelry design business, BSpoken Designs. They are adjudicated members of the Kentucky...
Brandon Thompson is a poet, a scholar, a musician and a lover of music, and a Buddhist practitioner and teacher. He is an Associate Core Faculty Member in Sofia University’s Hybrid: Global Master’s program, and spends his days joyfully guiding and humbly mentoring students from all over the world. Brandon has been a student of Mahayana Buddhism since 1999, and has taught...
Deborah Thompson combines her love of old time music and dance with her desire to share them with others. Deborah learned to play banjo, guitar, and dulcimer during the folk revival of the 1970s and has repertoire from living and playing in Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, and New England. Since 1976, she has performed both solo and with various groups, currently with the...
I am a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and have been creating my unique style of baskets since 1981. I received a BFA from the University of Louisville (1984). My work has been printed in Arts Across Kentucky & Louisville Today magazines. I’ve been a member of Louisville Area Fiber & Textile Artists (LAFTA) since 1999, and have been teaching classes since 2010.
I learned how to make baskets in 1985 and have been teaching classes since 1990. I started out teaching “at home” classes in Owensboro, Ky. I then started teaching through the Owensboro Adult Education Program where I taught for many years before moving to Lexington, Ky in 2005. While in Owensboro I helped form Woven Together in Western Ky Basket Guild. I taught classes at many...
​Tim Weckman has had a life-long affinity for the natural world. He has curated a public greenhouse for over 25 years and has a Master’s Degree in Botany. Bonsai is an extension of this passion for nature. Tim opened Berea Bonsai Studio and Nursery in Berea, KY in 2008.
Alice Fae Weiland is a native of eastern Kentucky. She graduated from Cumberland College and Western Kentucky University, leading to a career in the medical field and then higher education. She retired as a full time professor from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System in 2003 and in retirement found her passion in making baskets. She has made over 300 baskets and is regionally...
​As a child, Michelle Weston spent hours studying tidal waters and sea creatures. Today she coaxes 2,000-degree glass into inspired forms like her signature starfish.
I am a native of Richmond, KY and received a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Kentucky University, studying painting and metalsmithing. I am currently working as a fiber artist with the eco-dying process, creating wearable fiber artwork with vivid colors that capture the patterns and impressions of organic objects. The medium combines fiber art with the color and composition techniques I learned from...
Jereme Zimmerman is a writer and traditional brewing revivalist who lives in Berea, Kentucky with his wife Jenna, daughters Sadie and Maisie. He writes for various sustainability, homesteading and farming magazines, and travels nationwide to present on topics such as fermentation, natural and holistic homebrewing, modern homesteading, and sustainable living. He is an avid fermenter and researches extensively into traditional fermentation practices in...
​Joan Beck is a fiber artist and partner in Berea’s local yarn shop, Fiber Frenzy LLC. She has been teaching fiber arts in the area for a decade, inspired to share the heritage skills for which this region is known. Winner of many awards for her stitching, Joan is also a natural problem solver, helping students learn and improve their skills.
Robert (Bob) Berger is a Berea watercolor painter and calligrapher, who holds regular painting classes on a year-round basis. Bob started painting in 2003 but has been illustrating and drawing mechanically, as well as calligraphically most of his life. He has his fine art gallery and working studio in the former Mitchell Tolle Building, currently home to Gallery 123, 633 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY.
​Mary Colmer met her first Fairy and several Elves in the woods behind her Grandfather’s cottage at the age of six. There is always a shortage of homes for them and so she has started to teach others how to build homes for the Wee Folk. Mary has been a Self-Employed Artist for thirty two years, and her work can be found...
Judy Cowen has lived in Madison and Estill Counties most of her adult life. Her love of bold, vibrant colors is reflected in the designs she favors, along with stitch patterns that capture the imagination of the knitter as well as the viewer. Her choice of materials and patterns are reflections of her bright and cheerful personality. Judy is a skilled knitter, tackling...
​I fell in love the first time I saw pottery being made on the potter’s wheel. This happened when I was 18 and got a job at Berea College’s Ceramic Apprenticeship Program. Every student going to Berea College has to work, so instead of serving food at Boone Tavern, I got a job at the pottery. I had no idea how hard...
I am a contemporary ceramic artist from Virginia Beach, Va, a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and currently an artist-in-residence with the Guild. I also have four years of professional experience as a ceramic apprentice at Berea College learning the art of pottery as both an artisan skill and as an educator for workshops. I worked as an outreach...
I love what I do! If it’s making my living with my hands, building my own house or just enjoying the wonderful place I call my home. I produce all of my own pottery here at Tater Knob from start to finish and regularly attend art shows all across the state. I enjoy creating and I’m looking forward to carrying on...
​Being an artist most of my life has given me the opportunity to serve my community with handmade items that they can live with and use every day. I was fortunate to attend Berea College and become a studio artist in Berea, Kentucky. Sarah Culbreth and I have been working together in business and life for almost 30 years. Now our son David Jordan...
​Lindy Evans has been creating one of a kind Christmas and other characters from Polymer Clay for 25 years. She has also been teaching her craft to beginning students for the past 10 years. Lindy has been featured in numerous national magazines and television programs, including a YouTube video from Bluegrass and Backroads and articles in Art Doll Quarterly and Kentucky Home and Garden Magazine....
​Elements of earth, fire and water fuse together in an age-old process to produce items that are both beautiful and timeless. At Gastineau Studio, Ken, Sally and Guy Gastineau transform pewter, bronze and sterling silver into beautiful jewelry and household items. Their work is sold throughout the country and often features regional icons like Shaker quilts, horses and their own contemporary designs.
A multi-talented artist, Diane Gilliam is a painter, stained glass artist and photographer. Her stained glass overlays combine her love of art glass and relief sculpture. Her work is exhibited in her gallery and studio in Berea’s “Old Town” Artisan Village.
Andy Glenn is a designer and furniture maker who serves as Supervisor of the Woodcraft Program at Berea College Crafts. Before coming to Berea in August 2017, Andy spent the past 4.5 years in Rockport, Maine working at a restoration shipyard, then a cabinet & furniture shop, before starting his own furniture business. Along with designing and constructing custom pieces, Andy taught woodworking workshops, both...
My artwork is visceral, using bold colors, hard lines, and vivid detail to convey emotion and depth. I use vibrant hues and energetic shapes to express beauty and meaning. I want my work to connect with people on a personal, nostalgic level. Although nostalgia is sometimes triggered by intense feelings, it often results in improving one’s mood and heightening positive emotions. I...
​I had an interest in making things at a young age while growing up on a dairy farm. Then, the tools I had available to me were few and crude. I enjoyed a shop class in high school and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. I work in a custom furniture shop a few years before opening my own custom furniture shop in 1986. After...
​Jimmy Lou left the world of scientific discovery to make discoveries of her own, in the ancient art of lampworking; melting and manipulating glass without blowing air. Her beaded creations harkens back to a childhood love to marbles. Visitors to Honeysuckle Vine - a shop she co-owns with her sister Dinah Tyree - can watch Jimmy Lou heat-fuse intricate glass patterns into her...
​I have been weaving for thirty years. Working at Berea College has allowed me to combine the art of designing and weaving with the production of woven products. Through the Berea College labor program, I teach students who major in other areas beside the arts to be actively engaged in the designing, weaving and production of woven items that are sold locally and...
Cynthia Main is a multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on relating to land as part of an integral view of a more sustainable society. Cynthia’s strong background in woodworking and traditional craft surfaces in most of her projects, work that often uses traditional techniques for work that is collaborative, community building and plays with ideas and movements around embodiment. Originally from New...
Bob Mattingly opened Lindsay Gallery in 2011. After 20 years in the metal industry and 20 years teaching in the Kentucky public school system, he retired to pursue his love of designing and producing one of a kind pieces of wearable art. Known for his intricate silver chain work, Bob’s bracelets and necklaces reflect his drive for perfection. Judy, his wife, joins him in the...
The youngest of ten children, Warren was born in a log home in Carroll County, Kentucky. He has more than 40 years experience in professional furniture and dulcimer making. He earned a Master’s degree focused on classical woodworking at Eastern Kentucky University. Warren has made more than 16,000 traditional Appalachian dulcimers. His commitment to authentic design and playing style has earned him a national...
​Chester Mullins is a Master Furniture Maker in the Berea College Crafts program. Chester has a distinguished background in product management and production. He recently guided a student team that designed and produced 256 pieces of furniture for the new Deep Green Residence Hall on Berea’s campus, as well as 120 dining chairs for the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Restoration project. Chester produces custom...
​Chris Robbins developed a love of broom making at age 14 when he began working in the broom shop at the BitterSweet Cabins in Renfro Valley, KY. He learned Broom Making from Jim Harmon, a master broom craftsman from Springfield, KY and in 2009, restoration was completed on an old family cabin which now houses his broom shop. In June 2010 Chris was hired as master...
​Jeannette Rowlett fashions her wire-wrapped jewelry from thin strands of sterling silver and 14k gold filled wire. A solder-less method, she manipulates the wire by hand using simple tools and gentle nudges. Each piece has it’s own identity in every turn, twist, or curl of wire and beaded accent. Her desire is that every piece brings joy to its owner, who will...
I am a ceramicist originally from Lancaster, Kentucky. Berea College called to me in early 2009 because of the astonishing Studio Art program they offer. I am a born artist, and knew from an early age that I wanted to build a career in the Arts. My inspiration stems from my childhood vacations at the ocean, and my genuine nature to listen and follow...
​Dinah Tyree began her painting career using oil paints, but for the past ten years she has specialized in watercolors. Tyree likes to “suggest” the essence of her subjects in a loose, translucent style, emphasizing the interplay of watercolor paints on paper. She finds inspiration for her land and seascape paintings in the Kentucky countryside and at Florida beaches, where she spends part...
​I have always loved working with wood and started at a very young age. Ever since my childhood, woodworking has been a hobby. Recently I expanded on this passion, and started a business, Woodphoria Woodturning and Design in Berea, Kentucky, making a vast product line from a simple bowl, cutting board, or a piece of fine furniture. The pieces are as endless and...
​As a child, Michelle Weston spent hours studying tidal waters and sea creatures. Today she coaxes 2,000-degree glass into inspired forms like her signature starfish.