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 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, 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. Bob is a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen...
​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.
Joan is a co-owner of Fiber Frenzy LLC in the Artisan Village of Berea, which offers instruction in a wide variety of fiber arts. Jessica Faulhaber is frequently featured as an instructor at fiber festivals throughout Kentucky. Jessica Faulhaber of Lexington not only loves the fiber arts, but loves teaching others about it. She is a certified crochet teacher by the Craft Yarn...
​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.
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 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...
With a background in interior design and fashion merchandising, Chuck turned his passion to jewelry. He is faculty at various schools across the country, a regional artist for 16 years and is knowledgeable in cabochons, advanced chain making, chasing & repousse, cold connections, design, fold forming, gold, granulation, lost wax casting, mokume-gane, opals, inlay, intarsia, silver I & II, spool knitting and steel tools....
Susan Buckmaster is the owner of Body Mind & Sol in Berea KY. She has practiced yoga for over 15 years and this past year she completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification. She is passionate about the positive effects that yoga can have on your body as well as your mind. She believes that the yoga classroom is just the playground for life...
​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...
​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...
​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...
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...
Tasha Cotter is the author of the poetry collection Some Churches (Gold Wake Press, 2013) and the chapbooks That Bird Your Heart (Finishing Line Press, 2013) and Girl in the Cave (Tree Light Books, 2016). Winner of the 2015 Delphi Poetry Series, her work has appeared in journals such as Contrary Magazine, NANO fiction, and Booth. In 2015 she was named runner-up in the Carnegie Center’s Next...
Heather Dent, illustrator, graphic designer, and Founder of the Berea Outdoor Adventure Club, is passionate teaching people of all ages to explore their creative side and develop an appreciation for nature. She volunteers her time coordinating activities for kids ages 2-12 to inspire them to get outside, encourage self reliance, and develop a sense of curiosity. For 6 years she has been working as...
​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)....
Kathi E.B. Ellis is a member of the Kentucky Arts Council Roster of Teaching Artists, Co-Artistic Director of Looking for Lilith Theatre Company and, as a professional theatre director, is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a member of The League of Professional Theatre Women. Kathi directs at all levels of theatre and as a teaching artist...
​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....
​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.
​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...
Devin French has made drawing the foundation of his creative practice, from his work in ceramic sculpture to his designs in glass art. While attending the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the University of Louisville, he combined his love for illustration with ceramics. He then worked at Architectural Glass Art at Glassworks, where he learned technical glass skills. Over the...
​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.
Hank Gevedon has a Bachelor’s of Science in technology education, secondary education, as well as a Master’s degree in technical education, and a principalship in vocational education. Hank started blacksmithing and toolmaking in 1978, he has taught technology education, woodworking, welding, creative problem solving, and a wide variety of other technical classes over the past 35 years. Hank taught as part of the...
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.
Andy Glenn is a designer and furniture maker who serves as Supervisor of the Woodcraft Program at Berea College Crafts. Before coming to Berea in August 2017, Andy spent the past 4.5 years in Rockport, Maine working at a restoration shipyard, then a cabinet & furniture shop, before starting his own furniture business. Along with designing and constructing custom pieces, Andy taught woodworking workshops, both...
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...
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...
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...
​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...
​Donna Lamb is widely recognized as one of Kentucky’s foremost traditional musicians and luthiers (creators of stringed instruments). Her finely crafted instruments are featured in the Kentucky Folklife Program’s exhibit, Made To Be Played, which has toured throughout Kentucky. One of her handcrafted and richly decorated fiddles is on permanent exhibit in the Berea City Hall. Donna (along with her father,...
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.
Margot Madison helps people to build, communicate and engage better with their own communities. She has spent 20+ years running a retail, wholesale, online and freelance design business. After having learned marketing the hard way, her mission is to help every creative entrepreneur get the support he or she needs to feel successful. She runs Creative Juice, the live meet-up for creative entrepreneurs, and...
​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...
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...
I was born in 1941 in rural Owsley Co Ky, then moved to rural Jackson in 1947. I have always whittled, started carrying a pocked knife at age 6. I joined a wood carving club in Lexington Ky in 1978 and the Welcome Center carvers in 2001. I started carving Dough Bowls in 1989, and to date have made over 300. I have taught many people the art in an...
​Chester Mullins is a Master Furniture Maker in the Berea College Crafts program. 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’s campus, as well as 120 dining chairs for the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Restoration project. Chester produces custom...
Cheyenne Olson raised her small flock of backyard Isa Browns from chicks, and has been instrumental in the promotion of backyard poultry in Berea. Richard Olson raised chickens and a variety of livestock on a small farm in New Hampshire, and now as Director of the Berea Urban Farm oversees Myrtle and Crow, the Blue Swedish and Cayuga ducks.
Richard Olson is Director of the Berea Urban Farm (BUF), where he manages the farm’s beehives as well as his own backyard hives. This is his fifth year running the Backyard Bees Project, where he has assisted more than 20 households in Berea to become bee keepers.
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 Old Town Berea. 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 Grants Management and Entrepreneurial Efforts. ...
​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...
I am a graduate of the University of a Kentucky with a degree in Civil Engineering and am a retired professional engineer. Currently, I’m an exhibiting member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. I have shown my quilts in Berea, Lexington, Elizabethtown, Louisville and in other locations. I’ve also given demonstrations at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea.
​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.
​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.
Twenty years ago, Donnie and Donna Smith planted gourds by their back porch and their journey as craftspeople began. Donna eventually left her job and she and her husband Donnie became full time gourd artists. Most of their gourds are raised on their five-acre farm by Donnie. A good dried gourd, though, is just the beginning—Donnie washes each gourd to remove 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 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: Global 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 taught...
​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...
​Tim Weckman has had a life-long affinity for the natural world. He has curated a public greenhouse for over 25 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.
​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.
​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...
Jereme Zimmerman is a writer and fermentation revivalist who lives in Berea, Kentucky with his wife Jenna, daughters Sadie and Maisie and herds of wild yeast that he corrals into his various fermentation creations. He writes for New Pioneer, Backwoods Home and other sustainability and homesteading magazines, and travels nationwide to present on topics such as fermentation, natural and holistic homebrewing, modern homesteading,...