Artists
​Bob began lettering early in life, with mechanical drawing in school; and later, doing commercial graphics in his employment. He has employed calligraphy in his writing over the past fifty years. Bob teaches classes on calligraphy at Berea Arts Council. He also has been teaching watercolor painting in Berea for the past six years.
​Justin Dean Burton has been creating artisan brooms since 2013, and has produced over 8,000 brooms. He learned the art at Berea College under the instruction of Christopher L. Robbins. Justin believes brooms should be functional but beautiful. He is one of the youngest broom artists in the country. He placed second in the 2014 National Craft Broom competition, and fourth in 2017. Justin is a former...
​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...
​Gina Dittmeier has been painting for as long as she can remember. Her mother does art as a hobby, and always encouraged her to pick up her paint brushes and create something. Gina took art classes all through middle and high school, and majored in painting at Berea College. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in studio art in May 2016, and from...
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.
​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...
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...
​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...
​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.
​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.
​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.
​Justin Dean Burton has been creating artisan brooms since 2013, and has produced over 8,000 brooms. He learned the art at Berea College under the instruction of Christopher L. Robbins. Justin believes brooms should be functional but beautiful. He is one of the youngest broom artists in the country. He placed second in the 2014 National Craft Broom competition, and fourth in 2017. Justin is a former...
​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.
​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.
While working on a degree at Morehead State University, I took an art class as an elective, and it sparked my love of art. After working in the field of vocational rehabilitation for several years, I returned to college to pursue my interest in art, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design and ceramics at Eastern Kentucky University. I...
​Meghan Smith is the owner of Doodlebug Cakes in Berea, Kentucky. She began her business at age 12 and has been sharing her love of cake art ever since. Most recently she has been featured on the hit Food Network show Cake Wars and came home Champion of her episode! Meghan’s unique style has been awarded at KC Cakefest, The Kentucky Cake Show,...
​Jereme Zimmerman is the author of Make Mead Like a Viking and a writer for New Pioneer, Backwoods Home, Hobby Farms and other homesteading and sustainable living mags. He is also a regular presenter at natural living conferences such as the Mother Earth News Fair and the Weston A. Price Foundation Wise Traditions Conference. He was raised and homeschooled in Northern Kentucky on...