BEREA, KY (12/28/11) – On Saturday, Dec. 31, members Lewis Newman and Charlotte Goeble of the co-op David Appalachian Crafts will create painted gourd and fabric ornaments from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. David Appalachian Crafts is a 42-year-old craft co-op.
The non-profit organization is located in the small Floyd County coal town of David, near Prestonsburg. In the early 1970s, Mary Pineau, a Catholic nun from Michigan, came to the mountains of eastern Kentucky to work with the wives of laid-off coal miners. She began by carrying a sewing machine over hills to homes and teaching the women how to sew.
What began as a way to make clothing for their families evolved into an opportunity for the women to make and sell hand-sewn products. In 1972 the group named themselves David Appalachian Crafts after the town where Mary’s rented house stored the fabrics and sewing machines they used. Twelve women met in each other’s homes until 1973, when a building was renovated for their use.
This building still houses the 100+ member organization. David Appalachian Crafts produces over 140 items that are sold retail and wholesale across the nation. During times of economic hardship, the members of this small community come together to create crafts that reflect the beauty of their homeland and perpetuate the sense of community and self-sufficiency that characterized their pioneer ancestors.
Demonstrating on Dec. 31 will be co-op member Lewis Newman, who creates painted gourds and ornaments. While Newman has no formal training, he has been drawing horses since he was 5 years old. His father trained horses for a living and encouraged his artistic endeavors. After growing up in Ohio, Newman returned to Kentucky where he worked in the coal mines. He continues to make charcoal drawings and pastels, and his subject matter includes mining, horses, old Kentucky scenes and commissioned images from photographs. A few years ago, Newman began to paint on gourds, using acrylic paint and a clear finish to seal and protect them.
Works by David Appalachian Crafts members and Lewis Newman are regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, located at 200 Artisan Way just off I-75 at exit 77 in Berea.
The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 8 a.m. -8 p.m. and the cafe is open from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Admission is free. The center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from 100 counties across the Commonwealth and a special exhibit “An Artful Array: Bowls by Kentucky Artisans.” For information call 859-985-5448 or visit the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet.
information provided by KY Artisan Center
Copyright 2013 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
|< Prev||Next >|