Kentucky Artisan Center to offer ‘A Brush of Color’ with painting demonstrations throughout November

Botanical paintings, mixed media watercolors, alcohol ink abstractions, and traditional German painted boxes highlight the Kentucky Artisan Center’s A Brush of Color painting demonstrations on Saturdays this November. Featuring a wide array of painting styles and techniques from Kentucky artists, visitors will receive a first-hand look at creative imagery that is precise, abstract and traditional.

A work in progress in Laura Poulette’ s studio with live plants, a beginning sketch and watercolor paints (Photo from Kentucky Artisan Center)

On Saturday, Nov. 3, Laura Poulette, of Berea, will create botanical drawings from actual plants gathered from the woods and meadows surrounding her home. She begins with a pencil sketch, then outlines the drawing and finally adds watercolor paint. Poulette works from fresh plants rather than photographs, so she harvests only what she can paint in a day. From her original paintings, she produces prints and greeting cards.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, Kathleen Esser, of Lexington, will demonstrate her mixed media, watercolor and alcohol ink paintings. While watercolor is her medium of choice, the white of the paper often sparkles through the paint, adding a vibrancy that is unique to watercolors. Esser has recently been experimenting with alcohol inks, creating special effects by manipulating the intense liquid colors onto the still wet and slippery watercolor surfaces.

A Santa ornament by woodcarver David Buzzard (Photo from Kentucky Artisan Center)

On Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10:30 to 3:30, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will be on hand to demonstrate their individual carving techniques and show visitors how they color the surface of their carvings with a variety of inks, paint and stains. These Central-Kentucky artisans demonstrate on the third Saturday of every month at the Kentucky Artisan Center.

Thursday, Nov. 22, is Thanksgiving Day and the Center is closed all day to give staff time to be with their families.

On Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10:30 to 3:30, Christa Smith, of Elizabethtown, will demonstrate her traditional German painted boxes.

Smith is one artist who is working to make painted wooden box “Bauernmalerei” treasured and collectible again. She creates round and oval painted wooden boxes and trays and beautifully decorates them with colorful images in brilliant rich colors.

From Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea