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City of Berea “4th of July Spectacular”

4th of July

Its time for Bereas 4th of July Spectacular and it will be the event of the summer!
The 4th of July Spectacular will take place on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at the Berea City Park starting at 5pm. There will be several activities available including: inflatable play equipment, mechanical bull, climbing wall, childrens activities, fire engines, food and dont forget the largest fireworks display in Berea!

Live entertainment will include The Freedom Riders from 5-7pm and the main stage band, Prefab Rehab-a 7 piece New Orleans Jazz, Funk and R&B ensemble from 8pm-10pm. There will also be an exhibition by Bereas own Danish Gymnasts at 7pm and special Veterans ceremony beginning at 7:30pm.

This is a free event open to individuals of all ages! For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 859-986-9402,

Internationally Renowned Quilt Instructor to be in Berea

Parks & Recreation

The Berea Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce that Esterita Austin, internationally renowned quilt instructor from New York, will be teaching a 2-day extended workshop, titled “Portraiture with a Twist”.

The focus in this class is on creating dramatic, expressionistic portraiture and still life. Rembrandt, La Tour, Caravaggio, all incorporated the technique of using a single, directional, light source to create depth and mystery in their imagery. Using traditional compositional elements and Esteritas fusing techniques enhanced with textile paints students will create an expressive portrait juxtaposing light and dark as tools of intrigue.

The workshop will be held August 2-3, 2012 at the Broadway Building in Berea. Call 986-9402 for more information.

New Generations Bluegrass to Perform on Red Barn Live Wednesday

L to R Jerry Gullette, Larry Gullette, Terry Gullette, & Joe McClure

The New Generations Bluegrass band is a group from Southeastern Kentucky. Banjo picker Joe McClure has been on the program several times in other bands. This is the first appearance of his band, New Generations Bluegrass. The rest of the band includes Terry Gullette on Guitar, Jerry Gullette on Mandolin, Larry Gullette on Stand Up Bass.

New Generations Bluegrass will perform on Wednesday June 13, 2012 at ArtsPlace Performance Hall, 161 N. Mill Street, Lexington, KY.


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Concert – Les Jongleurs – Seasons of Laughter and Love

Les Jongleurs 2012 Summer Benefit Concert. Church of Our Saviour, Richmond, KY.
Selections including:Bohemian Rhapsody, The Pink Panther, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot, Over the Rainbow and much more.

Les Jongleurs is an invitation only vocal performance group serving the East Central KY area, including: Greater Lexington, Richmond, Georgetown, Winchester and Berea.

Fettingis Watercolor Workshop Coming to Berea

Joe Fettingis

Nationally-known watercolor artist Joe Fettingis will be holding a three-day workshop in Berea, Kentucky. The workshop will be held Thursday through Saturday, June 7-9, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Beginner to advanced watercolor painters are welcome.

In this intensive workshop, students will observe several short demonstrations of specific techniques by Mr. Fettingis which they will follow up with hands-on application.

Topics will include: how to control moisture; how values help move colors; how the mid-value holds all the darker values of a painting together; the art of glazing, how to balance and create movement in paintings, and much more. Different subject matter will be painted each day. Joes dynamic and effective teaching style will help students leave not only Continue reading Fettingis Watercolor Workshop Coming to Berea

Berea Arts Councils Garden Tour

The Berea Arts Council’s Garden Tour is May 12th and we have got exciting plans!

Garden Tour

We are very privileged to welcome Jon Carloftis this year, a Kentucky native who has achieved celebrity status through his award-winning landscape design work. On the day of the tour, he will be at Berea Tourisms Welcome Center in Old Town to talk about the gardens he has designed for the newly renovated L&N Depot Welcome Center.



The Garden Tour will feature six Berea gardens and will also include three Community Partners with garden-related activities. Tickets will be required for Continue reading Berea Arts Councils Garden Tour

Berea Artist Guides Students Into Creating Mural

Murals Line Hallways With History at William Wells Brown

When children at William Wells Brown Elementary want to know more about local history, all they have to do now is look around the hallways where brightly colored murals illustrate significant people, places and events.

Visiting artist Alfredo Escobar of Berea guided students in creating scenes about the school’s 19th-century abolitionist namesake, early African-American jockey Isaac Murphy and the racing history of Lexington’s East End.

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Escobar also taught mini lessons to every class using the theme “Our Community Heritage,” which emphasized how each youngster fits in. For Continue reading Berea Artist Guides Students Into Creating Mural