Instructors
​Nancy Kelly Allen’s route to award-winning writing has more twists and turns than a winding mountain road. She worked as a social worker and elementary school teacher. When Nancy changed career paths once again and became a school librarian, the route led her straight to the world of picture books. Nancy spent her days reading to children and her nights writing for...
​Michelle Amos holds her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Louisville in fiber construction. She has shown in over 50 exhibitions and has been awarded the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Artist Residency. Michelle has 18 years of experience teaching with a focus on community art and special populations. Michelle is an instructor from the Little Loomhouse, a 76 year old weaving and fiber...
​Bob Bagley is an artist, photographer and woodworker living in Berea, KY. He spent twenty years in the organ building industry learning his skills from professional artists and craftsmen. He has studied woodturning, wood finishing and design and has shown his work in museums and galleries in the US, Germany and Italy.
​Pat works from her studio in Northern Madison Country. Special commissions include work for University of Kentucky Appalachian Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Louisville Zoo and many more. She has illustrated three children’s books and is working on the third book in the Appalachian series for the University Press of Kentucky. She is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and...
​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.
​I was born and raised in a military family and was exposed to lots of travel and to many different cultures from early childhood. My professional training and career experiences are deeply rooted in the biological sciences. In 2006, I left my former career in veterinary medicine to explore my creative calling, and have since finished a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Eastern...
​Mary Brown has extensive experiences in the area of education and the use of puppets. Including: many years as an elementary/early childhood classroom teacher and music teacher; sixteen years in higher education teaching general, elementary, early childhood education classes; four years as a puppeteer and doing workshops with a variety of audiences. Mary attended local, regional, and national puppet conferences. She is...
​Richard Brown holds a PhD is Music Education from Michigan State University, and has 41 years experience teaching music in public schools and universities in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He is a past-president of the West Virginia Music Educators Association, and has presented many workshops on a variety of topics throughout his career. He, and his wife Mary, have been...
​With a background in interior design and fashion merchandising, Chuck turned his passion to jewelry. Chuck has certificates in Cabochon/general lapidary, inlay, intarsia (making pictures in stone), lost wax casting, opals, silver I & II and spool knitting (knitting chain on wooden spool) from William Holland School of Lapidary Arts. He teaches at William Holland Lapidary, Indianapolis Arts Center, and Kentucky Guild...
​1972 graduate of Berea College, charter apprentice in Ceramics Apprenticeship Program through Student Craft Industries. Private shared studios in TN, NC, and Berea. Currently, since 1996, at Cedar Meadow Studios in SE Madison Co. Sales are at my co-op Gallery 103 on Short Street on the College Square. Member of the KY Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, KY Museum of Arts and Crafts, in Louisville, Southern...
Diana Colgate is an energetic art professional who loves showing students the joy of Soft Pastel. Over the past 15 years she has worked in her community to keep art alive by teaching summer art camps and classes in her home studio. She is an award winning artist and a juried member of several organizations including, the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, and...
​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...
​I have been working in traditional stained glass since 1978 and began blown glass in 1981. In 1996 I moved my studio from Alameda, CA to Perronville, MI and began blowing glass and teaching glass blowing full time. I have secured countless commissions and won numerous awards, with our paperweights being included in the Bergstrom-Mahler Paperweight Museum, Neenah, WI. I am presently on the faculty of...
​Deborah Denenfeld is a dancer, dance educator, and dance caller with over 25 years of experience teaching and leading dance with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Her specialties include dance in a cultural context of time and place, intergenerational community dance, and dance for people with special physical or emotional considerations. For over two decades, Deborah has taught dance in schools throughout Kentucky...
​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.
​Mike and Steve Farmer have been creating a variety of wooden crafts at their studio, Bittersweet Woodworking in Berea, for thirty-five years. Mike has been teaching classes for five years.
​Steve Farmer has a Master’s Degree in Wood Technology from Eastern Kentucky University. He was the instructor in the Woodworking Shop of the Student Craft Program at Berea College for thirty years. He creates a variety of wooden crafts at his studio, Bittersweet Woodworking in Berea.
​Jessica Faulhaber is frequently featured as an instructor at fiber festivals throughout Kentucky.
​Beaded vessels have been my primary artistic focus for twenty-five years. These range in size from 2 inches to 2 feet. Classic forms, vivid colors and simple compositions define these vessels. Precision of the intricate beading stitch and elaborate embellishment further distinguish the work. Each vessel is undertaken with the joy of personal challenge. My wish is to create objects of beauty, as I feel...
​Michelle Flannery, a recent Berea College graduate, is production manager for the Berea Urban Farm. She has expertise in areas including intensive vegetable production, beekeeping, and growing in a high tunnel.
​Tull Glazener, from Indianapolis, IN, has been sharing the music of the mountain dulcimer through performances and workshops at festivals throughout the country since 1986. He enjoys adapting all kinds of music to the mountain dulcimer, including aires and waltzes, rag-time, traditional/old-time, contemporary, classical and jazz. He has produced 5 recordings, is the author of 4 instruction books, and has produced a series of “learn-at-home”...
Raised in Somerset, Vallorie Henderson is proud of her rural Kentucky roots. “I’ve lived and worked in both large and small communities in and outside of the United States. My Kentucky heritage has always provided me with a strong sense of self and the confidence to approach life with enthusiasm and curiosity.” Vallorie holds a bachelor of arts in art from Berea...
​A fabric artist from Jackson County, Devonna has many years experience teaching as a Certified Master Clothing Volunteer through the University of Kentucky Master Volunteer Program. She is also a teaching artist on the KY Arts Council Directory of Teaching Artists, and a teaching artist with Promise Neighborhood, a federally funded grant, through Berea College. Devonna is the owner of Farm Girl Fancies,...
​Dr. Jeannette K. Jones, RCC, is a full professor and Dean of Education at American Intercontinental. University (AIU), a Stamp and Mixed Media Artist, and a Breast Cancer Survivor. She serves on the Broad of Directors for Star Charities, Inc. and founded Stamp To Cope, Inc. to share breast cancer survival skills and coping therapies. Dr. Jones received her BS in Human Resource...
​With a Bachelors of Fine Arts Furniture Design and Sculpture from Indiana University Herron School of Art and Design, Micah redirected his love of art, found objects and sculptural elements to unique contemporary furniture, jewelry and sculptures. He has training in cabochons, advanced chain making, cold connections, design, fold forming, inlay and silver fabrication. He has spent last year working as studio assistant...
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...
​Amy Lewis, originally from Southeastern Kentucky, received a B.A. and M.A. in Art Education from Eastern Kentucky University. Additionally, Amy received an endorsement in Gifted/Talented Education while working on Rank I. She has also participated in numerous painting studies and workshops. Amy has over 10 years teaching experience in Kentucky Schools and has organized many Arts Camps and Art related events...
​For decades, folksinger/songwriter Anne MacFie has been a member of a regional community of mountain dulcimer players encompassing several states. She lives in Appalachian Kentucky, where she has collected some of the ballads and stories she has added to her extensive singing repertoire. Since 1969, Anne has performed professionally, throughout the continental United States and has toured in eleven European countries. For many...
​Corporate experience: 33 years of professional Color Matching and Product Development on global basis. Lifelong interest in art, attending classes and workshops at Art Academy of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati, national workshops, art study in Italy, Greece, Croatia, China. Member of Cincinnati Art Club, Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society, Western Ohio Watercolor Society, Queen City Artisans, The Art Circle, International Decorative Artisans League, Dayton Society...
​For more than twenty years, Scott has been teaching “How To” classes to all age groups including community classes through Bluegrass Community and Technical College. He has a relaxed and helpful way of introducing people to new skills for their use and employment. Recently his interest has turned to jewelry making. With the help of his father, he has been concentrating on working...
​Judy teaches several watercolor classes each week along with occasional workshops. She has studied with today’s best contemporary watercolorists including Charles Reid, Mary Whyte, Alvaro Castagnet, Ted Nuttel and others. She is a Signature Member with the Kentucky Watercolor Society, a juried member of KY Crafted and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. She is also a member of Brushes with...
​Barbara Napier has become renowned for her gourmet vegetarian cooking and organic gardens and the warm hospitality she showers on guests at her Appalachian bed-and-breakfast, Snug Hollow, an eco-friendly 300 acre farm. A secluded, idyllic retreat, Snug Hollow has been featured in such publications as Southern Living, National Geographic Traveler and Frommers. Barbara has presented cooking seminars such as the Incredible Food Show in...
Cheyenne Olson is Executive Director of Sustainable Berea, and an expert in edible yards and plantings for butterflies and other beneficial insects.
Richard Olson is a Ph.D. ecologist and agronomist who currently serves as Director of the Berea Urban Farm where he keeps bees and manages a permaculture orchard. He has taught ecology and restoration ecology.
​Troy is associate Director of the Brushy Fork Institute at Berea College. He has been podcasting since 2007. Della, an attorney, only recently fell in love with podcasting and is co-host of the “What’s With The Drama” podcast. Troy and Della are enthusiastic home-podcasters that look forwards to sharing their craft with you.
​Mary is a master corn shuck artist designing and producing corn shuck flowers, doll, angels, birds and nativity sets for well over 30 years and selling them nationally. She has taught her craft in schools, libraries, 4-H, conferences and privately. One of Mary’s goals is to preserve and pass on the traditional folk art of corn shuck doll and flower making.
​Robin has been growing, teaching workshops and selling mushrooms for over 25 years to fine restaurants, farmers markets and folks that visit the farm from all over KY and beyond.
​Jennifer A. Reis, currently art faculty and gallery director at Morehead State University in Kentucky, actively exhibits her embellished textile artwork at venues such as Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, The National Quilt Museum, Reece Museum, Dairy Barn Arts Center, and Southern Ohio Museum. Promotions regarding her work have been featured in American Craft, Surface Design Association...
​Roberta Schultz plays guitar, sings and writes songs for the Kentucky Women’s Trio, Raison D’Etre who have 9 recordings and one concert DVD to their credit. As a Teaching Artist for the Kentucky Arts Council, Schultz has worked with Kentucky students to create songs inspired by literature and visual art. She is a Trained HealthRhythms Facilitator (Basic and Advanced Strategies), and is...
​Maureen Sellers, founder of Dulcimer Chautauqua on the Wabash, Inc. resides outside of New Albany, IN. For more than twenty years she has taught and performed in over 30 states, teachings thousands of students of all ages to play the Appalachian dulcimer. She utilizes mnemonics and visualization in her teaching style. Maureen approaches her workshops with a warmth and sense of humor that makes...
​Octavia grew up in the Appalachian storytelling tradition of her family. She is an experienced teaching artist and has been a workshop leader in storytelling and writing for over 20 years. She is a published author, produced eight storytelling CD’s and is owned of SpoonWood Productions, an educational performing arts company.
​Dianne Simpson is a certified Community Scholar and has completed a community Scholars grant project that involves documenting the quilting traditions of her community, completed an Oral History grants documenting 50 years of Lend-a-Hand center, and has successfully completed as lead artist on a Folk Arts Projects grant including organizing a Folklike Festival. She is also a juried participant in the Kentucky Craft Market...
​Judy Sizemore is the former outreach director for the Kentucky Arts Council and a consultant on the Kentucky Arts Council’s team (Specialists with Arts Tactics). She currently works for Berea College’s Partners for Education, KET, and the KY Center for the Arts as an arts education consultant and cultural researcher.
​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,...
​Linda has been designing and making jewelry and accessories for over thirty years. She has taught classes for over fifteen years. Linda’s jewelry can be found in several boutiques and State Parks around KY, as well as on Etsy, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook under Jazzy Jewels by Linda. She has taught adult classes at EKU for several years and classes at Madison...
In addition to exhibiting and selling her own work, Pat is a teaching artist with a focus on fiber techniques. She facilitates projects through the KY Arts Council, VSA Arts of KY, The Kentucky Center’s Arts in Healing program and several other organizations. Pat has been a quilt-maker for over 35 years and has been teaching fabric dyeing and surface design techniques for 10...
​Jacqueline Sullivan is a mixed media, acrylic, book and calligraphic artist. She is well known for her pieces that experiment with texture, layers, paint, unusual materials, calligraphic marks and words. Jacqueline’s work has been shown nationwide in galleries and juried art fairs. She has a degree in Graphic Design and worked for many years as a publication and advertising designer. For over 30...
Brandon Thompson is a poet, a scholar, a musician and a lover of music, and a Buddhist practitioner and teacher. He is an Associate Core Faculty Member in Sofia University’s Hybrid: Face-to-Face/Online Master’s program, and spends his days joyfully guiding and humbly mentoring students from all over the world. Brandon has been a student of Mahayana Buddhism since 1999, and has...
​Stephen Wiggins is a University of Kentucky graduate with a BA in Art Studio. He has exhibited his art throughout Kentucky and as far away as Oregon and New York. His work is in many private and public locations and he has participated in numerous group shows, fairs and print exchanges. He has taught workshops since 2013. His expertise lies in relief printmaking, and...
​Joe Wilkie has been performing, leading and teaching dances since his days as a Berea College Country Dancer, captivating crowds all over the Eastern US and overseas. He has been an integral part of the teaching staff for the Country Dancers since 1995 and is currently on the board of the Contraire Dance Association, the group that organizes and produces Berea’s contra dance...
​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...