Working Artists

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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...
​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...
​Making pottery is an adventure. Waiting for pots to become leather hard. Trimming that custom foot. Decorate the surface of the vessel. Imagining what glaze makes stamps and etchings appear best is my favorite part. Then to have all of that work be out of your control during the last kiln fire is like waiting for the resolution of a good story. In...
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...
​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...
​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...
​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.