Billy Edd Wheeler, singer, songwriter, author and painter, will perform and read from his works at 8 p.m. Friday in the Commons of the Woods Penniman Building. A native of West Virginia and a Berea College graduate, Wheeler is the co-author of Laughter in Appalachia. The event is free.
The weekend schedule for free events at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is as follows:
■ On Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate different woodcarving techniques and styles using specialized woodcarving tools.
■ On Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., quilter Ruth Ann Iwanski and gourd artist Lewis Newman will create painted gourds and quilted ornaments as part of the 40th anniversary of David Appalachian Crafts, a co-op located in David that was founded by Mary Pineau, a Catholic nun, to help the wives of the small coal town learn useful crafts for personal needs and to augment family earnings.
The Madison County Historical Society will have a meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 19 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. After a brief business session, James Prichard, head of the research room for the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, will present a program, ”Jesse James in Kentucky: Fact, Fiction and Folklore.“ The event is free.
Marta Miranda, associate professor of anthropology and social work and director of Women's and Gender Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named director of Multicultural Student Affairs at the university. Miranda will also oversee the operation of the recently opened Cultural Center in the Powell Student Center.
Miranda, who joined the EKU faculty in 1992, earned her bachelor's degree in anthropology/sociology from Florida International University in Miami and a master's of social work from Barry University, also in Miami.
Carving a niche
Creatures and Characters: Works by Kentucky Woodcarvers, at the Kentucky Artisan Center, will continue through Sept. 21. The exhibit features the work of 37 Kentucky woodcarvers.
The Summer Creative Writing Conference at Eastern Kentucky University will continue at 7 p.m. today and Thursday in room 108 in Crabbe Library. The readings are free. Harry Brown and Young Smith will be today's readers. Brown, author and director of previous Creative Writing Conferences, is a retired EKU Foundation professor. Smith, a teacher at EKU, is the author of In a City You Will Never Visit, a collection of poems. Thursday' readings will feature student readings.