Kentucky Artisan Center kicks-off holiday events

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BEREAThe Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea starts off the traditional holiday shopping season with multiple events featuring decorative gourds, holiday music on Celtic harp and hammer dulcimer and a book signing by Lexington photographer John Snell.

On Dec. 5, Paul Buhrmester, of Bowling Green, will demonstrate his embellished and cut decorative gourds from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Buhrmester embellishes the gourds that he grows in his garden by using an art form called pyrography – the art or technique of decorating wood, leather or other objects by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point. The tool most commonly used is called a wood-burning tool.

Mostly self-taught, Buhrmester loves being able to grow his own material and is inspired by the process of watching the gourd grow and then changing it into art. The size, shape, feel, thickness and color of the gourds come together to inform his imagination and determine the final design.

Also on Dec. 5, Kyle Meadows and Tisa McGraw will perform sets of holiday music on hammer dulcimer and Celtic harp from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This musical duo will also talk to visitors about their music and their unique instruments and be available to sign their CDs.

As a duo, Meadows and McGraw have been performing together nine years and have played a variety of events from coffeehouses to concert halls. From toe-tapping renditions of holiday favorites to hauntingly beautiful traditional Christmas carols, visitors will enjoy this musical experience.

Also on Dec. 5, photographer John Snell will be on hand to sign copies of his new book, “Red River Gorge-My Second Home” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Each year Snell spends countless hours lugging heavy camera equipment off the beaten path, through the Red River Gorge in eastern Kentucky. There he climbs into overhangs and cliff-lines to find and express the beauty of nature that is unique to this unusual geographic and geological location.

Snell’s new book contains 224 pages of photographs and text that spotlight one of Kentucky’s most beautiful natural treasures. The book also includes a section on great photo spots within the Gorge and tips for making better photographs there.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the commonwealth. The center’s lobby showcases an 18-foot Christmas tree with colorful ornaments made by Kentucky artisans. For more information about events call 859-985-5448, visit or on Facebook.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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