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Julie Warren Conn

"From the time I was a small girl in East Tennessee, I imagined forms in tree branches, clouds and other natural objects around me. Although I had the spirit of an artist from that early age, opportunities to study art were limited during my childhood. My formal art training began in college, where I was awarded the first Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Sculpture from the University of Tennessee. During the first ten years of my career, I welded art objects, building solid forms from flat sheets of steel. As a diversion from welding one day, I decided to complete a sculpture of Tennessee marble, which I had roughed out using only a hammer and chisel...

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Dan Neil Barnes

  Dan Neil Barnes was raised in Western Kentucky to a family of artistic craftsman. It was of little surprise that, he too, would find arts and crafts to be his passion. Barnes graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in environmental design. For many years he worked to create and upholster furniture in his design studio. Seeking other creative outlets, he began working with stained glass. Pushing the boundaries of traditional lamps and windows, Barnes began incorporating wood and metal into is art, along with experimenting with different dimensional aspects and applications. Today, he is a respected member of the Kentucky artisan community and travels across the country participating in top arts and crafts shows, including the...

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Featured Artist: Becky DeBord

  Becky was a stay-at-home wife and mother of two. When on vacation in an artsy community, she discovered wire-wrapped jewelry in a shop. She was determined to learn how to wire-wrap. After taking a basic wire-wrapping class, she was inspired to master this art. She made this her passion since then and has done more than a dozen shows annually from Ohio to Florida. She uses basic hand tools to make bracelets, pendants, earrings, and rings. She makes use of sterling silver and gold-filled wire and beads, gems, and semi-precious stones in her creations. She is a member of the Sheltowee Art Guild, Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsman, and Kentucky Crafted. She has served as President of the...

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Featured Artist: Nora Swanson

                                "After a few years’ hiatus to work around the recession with our successful line of patinated copper and brass jewelry, we are once again actively creating a broad range of custom home interior works. Drawing from the roots of Dale’s background in jewelry making, industrial stainless steel, and copper design and production, and my skills in design and marketing, we create items featuring patinas on copper and brass such as jewelry, counter-tops, back-splashes, doors, tables, range-hoods, lighting and other large scale art. We spare no detail of craftsmanship, or expense in materials so each project scintillates with luxury and finesse, and yet doesn't look “machine...

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Featured Artist: Deborah Chenault

Deb Chenault, owner of Twelfth House Designs, is an award-winning artist who first studied the art of jewelry design with the master silver artisans of Thailand. She continued her education in the metals program at Eastern Kentucky University.  She is a juried, exhibiting member of Kentucky Crafted, the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, and the Sheltowee Artisans and has exhibited her work at many galleries and museums across the region. Deb works with mixed metals—primarily copper and sterling silver—using repurposed and recycled materials whenever possible. Her greatest interest lies in creating talismans by transferring her original drawings into meaningful metal forms. She currently makes her home and studio in the wooded hills of Berea, Kentucky.  You can find this artist's work...

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