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Artists celebrate Kentucky’s history

BEREA (March 21, 2017)–The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will honor the 225th Anniversary of Kentucky becoming a state in 2017, with the exhibit 225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History. The exhibits opens March 25.

The preservation of Kentucky stories, places, and traditions has shaped its culture today. The exhibit includes over 60 works by 51 Kentucky artists who have recorded and celebrated numerous facets of Kentucky’s rich 225-year history.

“The Kentucky Artisan Center is honored to present this exhibit as part of the state-wide initiative to celebrate Kentucky’s 225th anniversary,” said Todd Finley, the Center’s director. “We are thrilled to showcase the many talented artists whose efforts and dedication are reflected in this diverse collection.”

These works capture the essence of Kentucky—including its historical places, people, events, state commerce, agriculture, and the state’s unique flora and fauna. Accompanied by written stories and histories in each artist’s words, this exhibit entices the viewer visually and verbally.

Covering Kentucky history from 1775 to the present, this exhibit includes portraits of famous Kentuckians from Daniel Boone to Muhammed Ali.

“Kentucky has many talented artists and many rich creative traditions. This exhibit gave Kentucky artists the opportunity to illustrate and share the things they love about Kentucky and its

“Cane” oil painting by Mark A. Selter of Lebanon

history,” said Gwen Heffner, curator and information specialist. “Stories by the artists accompany the works and allow viewers a glimpse into the history and inspiration behind the sculptures, paintings, etchings, textiles, ceramics, glass, wood turnings, and carvings in this exhibit. Artists from all across the state are represented from Murray to Maysville and from Louisville to Pineville.”

Viewing this exhibit brings Kentucky history to life with sculptures, images and words from 51 Kentucky artists.

For more, visit the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.


Participating artists include: Lydia Allen, Pewee Valley; Johanna Argo, Louisville; Robert Berger, Berea; Bill Berryman, Winchester; Sylvia Brestel, Louisville; Sarah Stopenhagen Broomfield, Berea; Elizabeth Brown, Mt. Sterling; Marianne Brown, Lawrenceburg; Cara Haney Clark, Ashland; Angela Comperry, Hopkinsville; Julie Warren Conn, Lexington; Marlene Dennis, Louisville; Jeanette C. Dickison, Maysville; John Andrew Dixon, Danville; David Farmer, Danville; Jack Fifield, McKee; Linda Fifield, McKee; Lu Fuller, Maysville; Norman Green, Danville; John Hendrickson, Louisville; Robert Hunt, Richmond; Sallie Clay Lanham, Frankfort; Frank Lyne, Adairville; Alison Lyne, Adairville; Margo Marquette, Nicholasville; Marianna McDonald, Lexington; Mark Miller, Lexington; Alan Mills, Berea; Lonnie and Twyla Money, East Bernstadt; Louie Northern, Mount Vernon; Kathleen O’Brien, Harrodsburg; Anna Marie Pavlik, Frankfort; Patricia Ritter, Burkesville; Judy Rosenfield, Louisville; Melvin Rowe, Sulphur; Marilyn Sadler, Versailles; Jim Sams, London; Mark A. Selter, Lebanon; Wyatt Severs, Murray; Peggy Sherry, Somerset; Carol Shutt, Hillsboro; Sarah Cobb Spradlin, Paris; Elizabeth Clare Taylor, Bardstown; Tonya Vance, Lexington; Cathy Vigor, Lexington; Carl Von Fischer, Mount Vernon; David Waltz, Columbia; Steve White, Maysville; LaVon Williams, Lexington, and Elizabeth Worley, Lexington.


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