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Craft festival is a Berea tradition

A great blue heron adorns a vessel by potter Cindy Martin, one of this year's featured artists at the Berea Craft Festival. The piece, about 11 inches tall, is $79.
A great blue heron adorns a vessel by potter Cindy Martin, one of this year's featured artists at the Berea Craft Festival. The piece, about 11 inches tall, is $79.

More than 125 vendors have gathered for the 32nd annual Berea Craft Festival this weekend.

Among the artists is Cindy Martin of Aldrich Valley Pottery in Van Buren, Mo. Inspired by nature, Martin incorporates images of animals such as herons, frogs and ravens into her elegant vessels.

Martin says she decorates the pottery with organic black lines by applying horse hair and feathers to the clay as it comes out of the kiln at 1,100 degrees. Feathers and hair burn away, leaving a whisper of their graceful forms.

The Berea Craft Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Indian Fort Theater on Big Hill Road outside Berea. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, free for children 11 and younger. Go to Bereacraftfestival.com for more info.

More shopping news

■ The Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea is offering a coupon for 10 percent off all retail purchases Friday through July 21. It's part of the center's 10th anniversary celebration, with special events going July 19 through 21.

You'll find the coupon at the center's website at Kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.

■ Carl Meyers at 111 Clay Avenue is hosting a trunk show through Saturday featuring jackets, pants and skirts from Nina McLemore. Apparel is available in sizes 0 to 18 and petites.

■ The Athens Schoolhouse Antiques Show, 6270 Athens Walnut Hill Pike, is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2, free for ages 11 and younger. Call (859) 255-7309 or go to Antiqueskentucky.com.

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