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 an elementary school teacher. When Nancy changed career paths once again and became a school librarian, the route led her straight to the world of children’s books. Nancy spent her days reading to children and her nights...
Michelle Amos is the Director of Programming & Education for the Little Loomhouse in Louisville, KY. The Little Loomhouse is a historic site and weaving colony whose founder, Lou Tate, graduated from Berea College in the 1920s. Amos has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Louisville in fiber construction and focuses most of her work on Community Art. She...
Jill Angelle is a creative artist in many mediums and teaches painting and sewing classes. She is a fellow in Berea Tourism’s Gallery 123 - Art Accelerator Program. Jill has been sewing by hand and machine since 1986. She is working on obtaining a certificate in Apparel Design through Eastern Kentucky University. Jill recently received a bachelors degree with a minor in painting through...
​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...
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, Painter’s Palette Gallery, in the Old Town Artisan Village of Berea, KY.
As an artist, Bill draws and paints those subjects that he knows and loves most. His most recent work consists of drawings and paintings that are inspired by the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY. Bill’s work is representational and realistic in nature and is created on site and in the studio. He works primarily with pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor,...
​Will Bondurant has been making Shaker boxes as a hobby and part-time source of income for about 14 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.
Susan Bradish was born and raised in a military family and was exposed to lots of travel and to many different cultures from early childhood. Susan’s professional training and career experiences are deeply rooted in the biological sciences. In 2006, she left her former career in veterinary medicine to explore her creative calling. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Eastern...
Becky Brown is a metal artist, focusing on enamel techniques. She was born and raised in Berea, KY. She received a Bachelors in Fine Art, with a concentration in jewelry design and metalsmithing from Eastern Kentucky University. Becky is currently an art fellow, in Berea Tourism’s Gallery 123 - Art Accelerator Program. She has taught jewelry workshops through the residency program, as well...
Paul R. Buhrmester has been creating items with gourds for nearly a decade. With the main focus of pyrography (burning designs into the surface of he gourds), he creates ornaments, bottle stoppers, bowls, sculptures, and many other items. Paul was juried into the Kentucky Crafted program through the Kentucky Arts Council in 2014. He has taught basic pyrography in local galleries, as well as...
Justin Dean Burton grew up in Kentucky, where his family has lived for hundreds of years. He attended Berea College, where he discovered the art of broom making. He fell in love with this functional art and has made it his goal to elevate it to an art appreciated by the masses. Since then he has designed multiple brooms and begun to find...
Sarah Campbell has worked in arts education and administration for over ten years and is passionate about empowering individuals and communities through the arts. As Arts Integration Coordinator at Partners for Education at Berea College, Campbell works with school and community partners to integrate the arts across school disciplines and the organization’s pipeline of programs, and to build capacity for arts education...
Originally from West Virginia, Teresa Cole is a 1972 graduate of Berea College, where she was a charter apprentice in the College’s ceramics apprenticeship program. After graduating, she operated private and shared studios in TN & NC, returning to Berea, KY in 1980. Since then she has worked as a studio potter in Berea. Teresa is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of...
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...
Larry Conger is a graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and has been involved with music as a vocation for almost 40 years. Besides being a popular instructor at various dulcimer workshops around the country, Larry also served as a church music director for several churches during the late 1970s through the 1990s. He has been a participating artist for the Tennessee...
Kathy Conroy is an artist who has been fascinated by capturing the essence of wildlife for as long as she can remember. Taking paints to canvas ever since she was a young child, she’s been mastering her craft for well over 50 years. Though she is largely self taught in a wide variety of mediums, she holds a degree in Graphic Arts from...
Dave Cooper of Lexington is the founder of The Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth Friendly Living. He led the Mountaintop Removal Road Show from 2003 to 2010, and currently hosts student groups in Harlan, Kentucky to teach them about the impacts of mountaintop removal on the people, waters and the Appalachian Mountains. He has been building and distributing pallet benches to communities across Appalachia...
Jonathan Dazo is a ceramic artist from Virginia Beach, VA and a current resident of Berea, KY. He has been a professional artist for six years. Jonathan worked as an apprentice potter at Berea College until 2016, is a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, completed two artist residencies, and has his work on display all around Kentucky – but you can...
​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)....
From a solid foundation in design, John Andrew Dixon creates intricate collage artworks full of color and visual allusions. By repurposing discarded paper and other devalued remnants of everyday culture, he uses his aesthetic sensitivity to produce enduring artworks that exemplify his refined process and exceptional artisanship. Dense with layers of ingredients, his work captures a visual balance that is rich with spatial...
Please proof this bio for Marta – Colors and textures surround me as I work in my Lexington art studio. There I create acrylic paintings, printmaking and mix media pieces. My acrylic paintings are adjudicated into the Kentucky Crafted Program. A UK Art Studio grad, I worked in the graphic arts in the sign industry, returned to acrylic painting and later found monotype printmaking. ...
​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.
Raised in a large Appalachian family rich in traditional craft instilled in Linda a natural confidence to create. As an adult she has committed herself to a life of artistry. For many years Linda sold her leather and beadwork at local and regional shows. The design of her unique beaded wooden vessels led to acceptance into the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show in 1994 which...
Elizabeth Foley is an artist in Louisville, Kentucky who creates colorful, abstract prints. She is a member of the Kentucky Crafted Program and a cohort in the 2017-18 Hadley Creatives Program. She is also an adjudicated member of the Kentucky Arts Council Teaching Artist Directory. Elizabeth exhibits work regionally; in 2017 at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington; and in the collections at UK Chandler Medical...
A multi-talented artist, Diane Gilliam is a painter, stained glass artist and lampworker/flameworker. Her stained glass overlays combine her love of art glass and relief sculpture.
​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 8 instruction books, and has produced a series of “learn-at-home”...
Sam Gleaves began studying old time music as a teenager in his home community of Wytheville, Virginia. Some of Appalachia’s finest musicians mentored Sam, including Jim Lloyd and Sheila Kay Adams. Sam moved to Kentucky in 2010 to enroll at Berea College. Sam performed for four years with the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Al White, including the group’s tours in...
Carla Gover is an 8th-generation Eastern Kentuckian whose work is rooted deep in the music-making, storytelling lineages of her Appalachian origins, where music is a part of daily life, and where singing goes hand in hand with working. Her maternal grandparents, both traditional singers who lived off the land, provided her earliest foundation in the art forms and rural sensibilities that permeate her...
I come from a family of musicians and grew up in an environment rich in the arts, as well as the vibrant natural world that is the blessing of rural living. Creating mainly functional pots, I often alter the symmetry of the wheel and delve into sculptural realms. I allow the softness and whiteness of porcelain to speak, firing the work with matte...
Grace Henderson creates paint classes that are designed for anyone, artistic or not, no matter their age or skill level. She is one of Berea College’s Partner for Education Teaching Artists and and is a teaching artist for Kentucky Arts Council. She has over thirty years of experience teaching art in K-12 schools. Her business, Just a Little Artsy, was started in...
Beth has been making baskets since 1975, initially experimenting with coiled work, an extension of her love of hand-sewing and constructing. Learning from Ollie and Lestel Childress and Leona Waddell she is honored to be a bearer of south central Kentucky’s white oak tradition. A partner in The Basket Maker’s Catalog, Beth creates patterns, products and learning opportunities through teaching and hosting...
Debra Hille is a painter and sculptor, educator and advisor, who encourages others to express themselves through art. She is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and is certified in Arts4Healing by Art and Creativity for Healing. She has served as an Artist in Residence in schools, presented professional development workshops for public school teachers, and taught...
Born in Elkins, West Virginia, Carol Hilleary is a painter now living in Cross Lanes, West Virginia. Even though she has been drawing since childhood, Carol began her art training at Nitro High School in Nitro, West Virginia, where she started with a love for pastels. She went on to graduate from Glenville State College with a B.A. in liberal arts with...
After moving to Jackson County, KY, I was taught by some of the best quilters in our county. In 2002 I was certified as a University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Master Clothing Volunteer and use my training to teach others the art of sewing. I am a teaching fiber artist with Partners for Education, a federally funded U.S. Department of Education program, administered...
Jeri Katherine Howell is an Americana singer/songwriter and rhythm guitarist with a sweet and soulful voice, thought-provoking lyrics, quality musicianship and joyful presence. Howell has been writing and performing as a solo artist, and collaborating with Kentucky musicians like Carla Gover, Ben Sollee and Stirfry Musette, for over 14 years. Howell has performed across the U.S. and in Japan, Mexico and Costa...
Darla Jackson is the founder/owner/president of Mountain Gypsy Herbs, Inc., a bath and body product company that specializes in soaps, lotions, scrubs made with local products. Mountain Gypsy is a Kentucky Proud and Appalachian Proud company and is featured in many gift shops throughout Kentucky including its featured shop, Local 205, in Paris, KY which is also owned by Darla Jackson. Darla...
Jeffrey Jamner has a broad background in performance, arts education and creative programming. He has been the Director of ArtsRise (formerly called School programs) at Kentucky Performing Arts (formerly called The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts) since 1998, where he has helped create, develop and direct such programs as Arts Academies for teachers; the Gheens Great Expectations young artist concert and residency program;...
​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 founded Stamp To Cope, Inc. to share breast cancer survival skills and coping therapies. Dr. Jones received her BS in Human Resource Management from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, her MBA from...
Performing on the Celtic harp and mountain dulcimer, Lorinda transports listeners to a place that reminds them of their ancestral roots. Her music encompasses the roots of American music from the ancient songs and dances of the Celtic lands to American old time music, and current folk idiom. Lorinda grew up in a musical family in southern Kentucky, performing at an early age...
While in college, I took an art class as an elective, and it sparked my love of art. Several years later, I returned to college to pursue my interest in art, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Eastern Kentucky University. I work as a fine artist and graphic designer from my home studio.
Lewis Lamb is widely recognized as one of Kentucky’s foremost traditional musicians and luthiers (creators of stringed instruments). His finely crafted instruments are featured in the Kentucky Folklife Program’s exhibit, Made To Be Played, which has toured throughout Kentucky. One of his handcrafted and richly decorated fiddles is on permanent exhibit in the Berea City Hall. Lewis is the coordinator of...
Amy Lewis is a visual artist living and working in Berea, Kentucky. She paints in vibrant, colorful acrylics on stretched canvas exploring the natural world in intricate layers and texture. Improvised layers of her paintings often evolve through an intuitive process. Lewis has a Master’s Degree in Art education from Eastern Kentucky University and has done extensive post graduate work in painting.
George Ella Lyon has published fifty books for readers of all ages, including “Many-Storied House;” “Which Side Are You On? The Story of a Song,” Aesop Prize Winner; and, with J. Patrick Lewis, “Voices from the March on Washington,” winner of the Cybils Award. Educated at Centre College, the University of Arkansas, and Indiana University, she has worked as a freelance writer and...
Fran has been beading for 25 years and teaching for 5 years. She has had close to a dozen original beaded pieces published in national beading magazines and books. Her work has been sold in many galleries and local shows. Fran has been a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen for over a decade.
Heidi creates jewelry and teaches in the same studio where she first learned metalsmithing in 2006. She loves the opportunity to teach the fun of using hammers, saws, a torch and imagination to transform a simple piece of metal into jewelry. She is a juried member of Indiana Artisan and the CCA Gallery. She participates in 100 Voices of Hope, a program to fund breast...
After 33 years of corporate experience as a Color Matching and Product Development specialist, Diana Marra retired to pursue her lifelong passion for art, attending classes and workshops at Art Academy of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati, national workshops and traveling to study art in Italy, Greece, Croatia and China. Marra is a member of Cincinnati Art Club, Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society, Western Ohio Watercolor...
Robert Martin (Bob or bobbyb!) works as a theater and film artist, community arts producer, cultural organizer, trainer, facilitator and teaching artist. He is passionate about using story, theater and media to create and collaborate in performance and art that is rooted in the needs, memories and possibilities of the community from which it is born. Martin actively uses cultural organizing and story...
​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...
Mike McCarthy is a Louisville, KY based sculptor working primarily in stone. He was born and raised in Elk Grove Village, IL., a suburb of Chicago, and attended Bellarmine College in Louisville where he received a B.A. in Fine Art. While working in various mediums, over the last 7 years he has been focused primarily on carving stone, carving every day. He is...
Ronnie McWhorter was born in 1941 in rural Owsley Co KY, then moved to rural Jackson in 1947. He has always whittled - started carrying a pocked knife at age 6. Ronnie joined a wood carving club in Lexington Ky in 1978 and the Berea, KY Welcome Center carvers in 2001. He started carving Dough Bowls in 1989, and to date has made over 300. He taught many people the...
Susan J. Mitchell has been anthologized in Motif: Writing by Ear (Motif Books, 2009) and Motif: Come What May (Motif Books, 2010). Her books include: Snapshots (Heart to Heart Publishing, 2013), Directionally Challenged (but finding my way home) (Old Seventy Creek Publishing, 2014) and After the Heroin: A Mother’s Story in Poetry (Old Seventy Creek Publishing, 2017). Her work has also appeared in Appalachian Journal, Open Minds,...
An award-winning artist, Judy Mudd has been a full-time watercolor artist and instructor for over 10 years. Teaching many classes and workshops every year, she also offers videos-on-demand from her website. Holding signature status in various art associations including the Southern Watercolor Society and the Kentucky Watercolor Society, she was named the Kentucky Master Watercolor Artist of 2019.
Robbie Mueller is a Kentucky-based mixed media artist who specializes in folk art. Robbie earned a degree from Transylvania University in Lexington. He retired after a 28 yr. teaching career in Oldham County to pursue a passion in wood working that evolved into a full-time career in art. Robbie considers himself a contemporary folk artist. However, he continues his passion for teaching by offering...
​Chester Mullins is a Master Furniture Maker. 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 College campus, as well as 120 dining chairs for the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Restoration project. Chester produces custom wood for individual clients ranging from...
Cari Norris has been a student, teacher and performer of old-time music for 30 years. As a young child she was rocked and sung to by her maternal grandmother Lily May Ledford over many extended bedtime rituals. These precious memories instilled in her a deep and abiding love of mountain music very much connected to the love she had for her grandmother. Old-time music...
Katia is an artist and certified Zentangle® teacher trained by the founders Rick Robert and Maria Thomas in Rhode Island- Providence. Katia is from Brazil and has lived with her husband in Burnside, Kentucky since 2013. She always loved art and studied drawing in Brazil. After moving to Kentucky, she began to paint with acrylic and soon discovered a passion for watercolor. In 2016 she...
Deborah Payne is a fiddler and singer from Berea, Kentucky. Deborah’s music is strongly infused by some of the region’s most beloved musicians with mentorship by artists such as Jean Ritchie, the McLain Family Band, and Michael Cleveland. Deborah has maintained the traditions of the region playing for folk dances, teaching children’s dance, and providing lessons for area students. Deborah...
Sandra C. Pence’s enthusiasm for the human condition, her appreciation of the natural world, and her quest for self improvement are the wellspring of her creativity. Her inspiration from nature is easy as she lives here in Berea, KY and is drawn to the outdoors. She often incorporates bits of nature such as twigs, rocks, branches, nests, and leaves in her artwork....
Jon Pickow began his singing career at a very early age, appearing with his mother, Appalachian folksinger Jean Ritchie at concerts and folk festivals throughout the country, including The Newport Folk Festival, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Fox Hollow and The Mariposa Festival in Canada. He performed with Jean over the years until her retirement in 2009 and has produced, and performed on many of...
Laura Poulette is a full time professional artist who paints botanical watercolors. She graduated from Berea College in 2000, earning a BA with an emphasis on Fiber Art. She lives with her family on a homestead they are building themselves in the hills outside of Berea. She is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, The Kentucky Artisan Center at...
Troy and Della run the Front Porch Recording Studio located in the “Old Town” Artisan Village in Berea, KY. They produce and co-host “The Berea Podcast”, a show about the town they have called home since 2015. Troy has been engaged with podcasting since 2007 and has produced hundreds of episodes for a variety of podcasts, ranging from his favorite TV shows and comics to...
​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.
Jill Robertson is an Eastern Kentucky Artist, Berea College graduate, entrepreneur, self-proclaimed Renaissance woman and adventurer who embodies the motto “What can I try next?” Jill served as an AmeriCorps TASK, VISTA and Community Coordinator working with the Appalachian Arts Alliance to develop a creative economy and provide arts education throughout Hazard, KY and the surrounding areas. Jill has experience working in multiple...
Martin Rollins is an artist educator based in Louisville, Kentucky. He has worked in schools around the state of Kentucky as an artist-in-residence for the Kentucky Arts Council, and as an art specialist for the Jefferson County Public Schools. Rollins was a visual art faculty member for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, the Kentucky Institute for the Arts in Education,...
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...
As a consultant to Berea Tourism’s Lifelong Learning in the Arts Programs, Sizemore serves as both the artist liaison and the education coordinator. She assisted in the initial development of the Festival of Learnshops and continues to assist in the recruitment and retention of instructors as well as serving as a learnshop instructor herself. She has presented and coordinated workshops for the...
Christa Smith was born in Germany and moved to America in the mid 1960s. Christa remembers as a child, and later as a young adult, visiting the Bayerisches National Museum in Munich and seeing the beautiful Bavarian folk art. The painted boxes and furnishings left a lasting impression on her. Christa researched the Bavarian Folk Art of “Bauernmalerei,” which dates back to the...
​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 Kentucky Performing Arts ArtsThrive program, KMAC, KY Arts Council and VSA Arts of KY. Pat has been a quilt-maker for over 35 years and has been teaching fabric dyeing and surface design techniques for 15 years. Pat has taught fabric...
​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...
Diana Smith Thomas began her adventure as a self-taught polymer clay jewelry artist in 2010. During her transition between teaching in private education to public education she discovered a new passion for the medium polymer clay. Two years later she joined forces with James Rich, another polymer clay artist to form their jewelry design business, BSpoken Designs. They are adjudicated members of the Kentucky...
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: Global Master’s program. Brandon has been a student of Mahayana Buddhism since 1999, and has taught in this tradition since taking his bodhisattva vow in the summer of 2007. He finds his...
I am a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and have been creating my unique style of baskets since 1981. I received a BFA from the University of Louisville (1984). My work has been printed in Arts Across Kentucky & Louisville Today magazines. I’ve been a member of Louisville Area Fiber & Textile Artists (LAFTA) since 1999, and have been teaching classes since 2010.
I learned how to make baskets in 1985 and have been teaching classes since 1990. I started out teaching “at home” classes in Owensboro, Ky. I then started teaching through the Owensboro Adult Education Program where I taught for many years before moving to Lexington, Ky in 2005. While in Owensboro I helped form Woven Together in Western Ky Basket Guild. I taught classes at many...
Tim Weckman has had a life-long affinity for the natural world. He has curated a public greenhouse for over 30 years and has a Master’s Degree in Botany. Bonsai is an extension of this passion for nature. Tim opened Berea Bonsai Studio and Nursery in Berea, KY in 2008. He has taught bonsai workshops for many years.
Alice Fae Weiland is a native of and lives in rural eastern Kentucky. She is a retired university professor and possesses a lifelong love of teaching. Following her retirement in 2003, she started making baskets as a hobby and came to love the creativity and challenges of basketry. In addition to her leadership positions in the community, she is active in teaching children 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.
Jesse Wilhite, “Ukulele Jess,” is a singer-songwriter who has over a decade of performing experience. A multi-instrumentalist and recording artist, Jesse makes music with ukulele, guitar, keys, voice, and more. He uses an imaginative song-writing style and he is a spontaneous performer, spanning many genres, like blues, swing, jazz, traditional, folk, and children’s. In 2009, Jesse received the Berea College Red Foley Music...
I am a native of Richmond, KY and received a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Kentucky University, studying painting and metalsmithing. I am currently working as a fiber artist with the eco-dying process, creating wearable fiber artwork with vivid colors that capture the patterns and impressions of organic objects. The medium combines fiber art with the color and composition techniques I learned from...
Jereme “Yeti” Zimmerman is a writer and traditional brewing revivalist who lives in Kentucky. He travels globally to speak on topics such as fermentation, natural and holistic homebrewing, modern homesteading, and sustainable living. He is an avid fermenter and researches extensively into traditional fermentation practices in order to revive lost food arts and to educate people on how to preserve food using traditional,...