Part of the excitement during the days leading up to the holidays is
shopping for family and friends. Holiday giving is especially enjoyable
when you are able to find the perfect gift, and there is no better
choice than an item made by a Kentucky artisan.
One of the best places to discover these gifts is the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
There shoppers find an amazing array of distinctive Kentucky handmade
treasures created by over 1,000 artisans. Whether you are shopping for
gifts or preparing for the holidays yourself, the Kentucky Artisan
Center at Berea has amazing selections.
Decorating a home is easy when choosing from the wide selection of
paintings, photographs and prints on display at the center, as well as
other items including whimsical sculptures, hand-crafted furniture and
quilts. Unique holiday decorations include carved wood and sculpted
Santas, and dried botanical arrangements.
Holiday ornaments of every kind can be found made from bees wax, gourds,
fabrics, corn shucks, scroll sawn wood, pewter, carved wood, and
one-of-a-kind glass ornaments with miniature animals and birds enclosed.
Winter weather can be held at bay with beautifully designed silk, woven,
crochet and knitted scarves as well as felted, sewn and stitched hats. A
wide array of Kentucky artisan-made beauty products including soaps and
lotions are just right for holiday gift giving.
Shopping for the cook on your holiday list is easy at the center with
its wide selection of cookbooks and Kentucky-made specialty foods such
as Bourbon Garlic Sauce; Sweet Potato Butter and Honey; Hot Sauce; Bourbon
Barrel Vanilla and Smoked Pepper; Country Bacon and Ham
Steaks; Old Kentucky Chocolates; Woodford Reserve Bourbon Balls; Simply
Kentucky Fudge; Ruth Hunt Blue Mondays and Bauer’s Modjeskas to name a
preparation and presentation is enhanced with the center’s choice of
wooden utensils, cutting boards, and turned wooden bowls. Pottery for
serving and preparing food abounds, with mixing bowls, mugs, teapots,
and serving dishes in a multitude of shapes and designs.
A selection of books by Kentucky authors will satisfy the avid readers
on your holiday shopping list, and the center has a great collection of
children’s books and toys. Music lovers will enjoy selections by Kentucky musicians.
The list goes on, with beautiful jewelry for women, turned wooden and
colorful acrylic writing pens and glass cufflinks for men, Gethsemane
fudge and fruit cakes and much more. The center’s café offers
refreshment and relaxation that makes shopping at the Kentucky Artisan
Center a breeze.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at exit 77
(Berea). The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas
are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the café is open from 9:30 a.m. to
4 p.m. Admission is free. The center currently features works by over 1,000 artisans from 100 counties across the Commonwealth. For more
information call 859-985-5448 or visit the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov
You can also shop for gifts made by Kentucky artisans by logging onto a website created by the Kentucky Arts Council
that contains listings for hundreds of artisans throughout the state.
There you’ll find examples of works created by these members of the
Kentucky Crafted program along with contact information for each of
them. The Kentucky Crafted website
is a convenient way to locate the state’s top artisans and survey the types of crafts they produce.