Instructors
​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.
​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.
​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...
​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)....
​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.
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...
Susan Goins had a custom sewing business for 45 years and has been teaching sewing since 2001. In 2002 she was certified by the University of Kentucky Extension Service as a Master in Clothing Construction, and in 2012 she was certified as an Heirloom Sewing Teacher and a Quilting Teacher. She has served as a voting delegate to the University of Kentucky Extension Service State Homemakers Conference...
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...
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.
​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...
​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.
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...