Introduction to Antiques and Appraising, a series of classes taught by James S. Harris, a well-known and respected in the antique profession, are underway at the Richmond Area Arts Center.

Remaining classes are scheduled for April 10, 17, 24, and May 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuition for all five classes is $40.

Harris, who retired as an Emeritus Professor of Mass Communications from Eastern Kentucky University, operates his own antique appraisal business in Richmond and participates in shows and appraisal fairs throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

He is accredited by the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) qualified.

Harris has been a member of the ISA since 1991 and has conducted numerous appraisals attorneys, bank trust officers, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky (at White Hall and My Old Kentucky Home state shrines).

He has written a weekly column for the “Richmond Register,” which covered a variety of topics related to antiques and personal property appraising. His columns are published in “Shelby County Life,” a monthly periodical.

Additionally, Harris has taught courses in Antiques and Appraising for EKU’s division of continuing education, UK’s community college, the Clark County Board of Education, and past classes for the Richmond Area Arts Council.

Come join us for this wonderful Adult Education Class. Call 859-624-4242 or visit  for more information.

Basket classes resume in May

After a brief hiatus in March and April, the Richmond Area Arts Council’s basket classes will return in May with a class to create the Checkerboard Carry-All Basket.

It will take place Saturday, May 26, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Arts Center, 399 W. Water St. The instructor for will be Judy Ridings, a gifted basket maker.

At 22-by-16-by-8 inches, the Checkerboard Carry-All is a large basket featuring a carved oak handle that can be made in your choice of colors.

“This is a truly beautiful and versatile basket,” Ridings said. “Don’t miss the opportunity to take this basket home with you.”

At the end of the class, you will go home with this beautiful basket made by you.

Tuition, which includes all materials, is $67. Spaces are limited so call 624-4242 to reserve your spot today!

A Williamsburg Market Basket class will be taught Saturday, June 30, at the Arts Center.

The class, taught by veteran basket maker Janice Luxon, will begin at 9 a.m.

This large basket measures 16 by 14 by 14 inches with a 10-by-14 inch Williamsburg handle.

This basket will bring two new media to the class, Luxon said.

“You will learn shaping, to accommodate the Williamsburg handle, and the basket will include the use of five rows of hardwood veneer,” she said. “The veneer comes in your choice of maple, walnut or cherry.”

Tuition for the class, which includes everything you need to make your basket, is $62. You will go home with a beautiful basket created by you! Call 624-4242 to reserve your spot today.

“The basket classes are fun for all of us here at the Arts Center as well as for the basket makers,” said Deborah Kidd, RAAC executive director. “The basket makers are a great group of people. When they’re making baskets there is a joyful atmosphere in the building. Then, everyone leaves with a finished basket at the end of the day.”

Spaces are limited, so call today. Examples of both baskets are on display at the Arts Center.

Instructor Janice Luxon is a lifelong resident of Richmond and has always been interested in and supported arts and crafts. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.S. degree in home economics and a minor in art. She is a past member of the boards of both the Richmond Area Arts Council and The Gallery on Main.  

Luxon has displayed and sold reed baskets at The Main Street Gallery, Richmond Area Arts Center, Acres of Land Winery and various other shows.  She has been through the jury process and participated in shows in Sanibel Island, Fla., and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.

Her passion for basketry included teaching in Madison County 4-H Clubs, basket guilds, The Gallery on Main and RAAC, plus Waco, White Hall and Mayfield elementary schools. She also can provide historical background of the baskets.  

Janice currently has three baskets for sale at the Arts Center. Patrons may visit Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to view or purchase her baskets or sign up for one of the upcoming classes.

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