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July 6, 2013

Artisan center celebrating 10 years of Kentucky art

BEREA — The Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea is celebrating 10 years in operation this month.

The center displays art work from more than 650 artists within the state. More than two million visitors have stopped at the center since it opened in 2003, many of which were travelers driving through Madison County to vacation destinations.

The celebration will pick up July 19-21 when the works of several artists are showcased and a number of actors will portray prominent figures of Kentucky kistory, including Abraham Lincoln, Henry Clay and Colonel Harland Sanders.

On Saturday, the center hosted Sherrie Cocanougher of Parkville, who fashions jewelry from recycled silverware and decorative glass beads she makes herself. She finds silverware at rummage sales, antique shops and estate sales.

Cocanougher said she has been creating silverware art for about seven years. She said she was interested in it and began after taking a class on the basics of how to make glass beads. She knew nothing about when she started but now use professional equipment in her work. Her jewelry is a popular item at the artisan center.

She is a member of several artists organizations, including the Berea Artisan Group, and she would be at a craft show in Berea next weekend showing her jewelry.

Seth Littrell can be reached at slittrell@richmondregister.com or 624-6623.

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