Berea Artists Named to The Kentucky Crafted Program

Berea artists Mary Ann Woolery-Bussey and Teresa Webb are two of nine artists from across the Commonwealth selected for Kentucky Crafted, the Kentucky Arts Council’s adjudicated program that provides assistance to Kentucky visual and craft artists through marketing and promotional opportunities and arts business training.

A native of Richmond, KY, Mary Ann Woolery-Bussey received her Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Kentucky University in 2009, where she studied painting and metalsmithing. She is the owner and operator of Blue Lick Hollow Farm and Studio, located on a small hobby farm at the edge of Berea’s Appalachian Foothills. Mary Ann is a fiber artist currently working with the eco-dying process to create silk scarves with vivid colors, capturing the patterns and impressions of organic objects. Native leaves and plants collected from around Berea are used to create stunning and unique contact prints. No two scarves are alike, each telling their own story.

Mary Ann is an avid gardener, hiker, and poultry hobbyist. She currently resides in Berea, where she lives with her husband, a host of chickens, five cats, and an energetic dog. Mary Ann draws her inspiration from the farm and mountain culture found in the East Central Kentucky region.

Mary Ann’s scarves can be found at locally Appalachian Fireside Gallery, Berea Arts Council, and Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, KY, as well as through the Blue Lick Hollow Etsy shop at Her work has been featured in Mary Jane’s Farm Magazine, published by Belvoir Media Group, and exhibits regularly at regional craft and art fairs.

Teresa, a self-taught maker, specializes in crafting soft-bodied memory dolls and animals using an embroidery machine.

She began sewing and crafting only two years ago, when, she states, “my husband bought me a sewing machine for Valentine’s Day and I begin watching online tutorials.”

“Through trial and error - lots of errors! - I began making gifts such as bags and baby items for friends and family,” said Teresa. “People began requesting items, so my daughter Laura and I started an Etsy Store. We named it ‘Worker Bee Sewing Company’ for my love of bees and after my buzzing personality!”

It was only since March that Teresa began making dolls and soft animals. As a former educator, Teresa became passionate about making dolls that are inspired by historical people and fictional characters who demonstrate confidence, talented achievements, or cultural significance. She also makes stuffed memory animals from garments of personal significance.

“Combining sewing and embroidery machine techniques allows me to embellish and personalize designs, giving each unique characteristics that are thoughtfully crafted to be inviting, colorful, soft, and - most importantly - ‘made to bee loved’!”, she explains.

“When I heard I was juried into the Kentucky Crafted Program, I was ecstatic!,” said Teresa. “The business training and marketing opportunities are so important to a new artist like me.”

Mary Ann and Teresa will join more than 360 visual and craft artists in the online Kentucky Crafted Directory. In addition to business training and marketing opportunities, they are eligible to exhibit at the Kentucky Crafted Market, March 15-17th at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena.

You can meet both artists at the Berea Makers Market Holiday Show held at the Russel Acton Folk center, Saturday, November 17th, 2018, 11 AM-5 PM.

Nine New Artists Join Kentucky Crafted Program

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Nine New Artists Join Kentucky Crafted Program

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2018) — Lakshmi Sriraman of Lexington built a career as a performer and teacher of classical Indian dancing, but in February 2017 she added another layer to her artistry when she started painting.

Sriraman split her time between dance rehearsal and the canvas, and eventually decided in 2018 to apply for the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted arts marketing program. In September, she was one of nine Kentucky artists juried into the elite program.

Kentucky Crafted is an adjudicated arts marketing assistance program that provides opportunities to Kentucky visual and craft artists through arts business training, networking, sales, exhibit and promotional opportunities. Adjudicated visual and craft artists become eligible to exhibit at The Kentucky Crafted Market, March 15-17, 2019, at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena in Lexington.

“It’s a tremendous validation of an artist to be selected for Kentucky Crafted, especially since I’m a self-starting artist,” Sriraman said. “I literally started painting in February 2017 and I’ve had a lot of feedback from friends who said I should apply. I was hesitant in the beginning, but I said, ‘I’m going to do it.’ The worst that could happen is that I’d get good constructive criticism on how to improve my application in the future.”

Sriraman was already familiar with the arts council’s jurying process, having been adjudicated 11/2/18, 8Y30 PM Page 1 of 3

into the Performing Artists Directory in 2013.

“I’m very grateful for the support and infrastructure the Kentucky Arts Council provides to artists here,” she said. “When I see the care the arts council takes with the adjudication process, I realize it’s all there for a reason. The arts council highlights the best in Kentucky art, and it’s a great honor to be included in that list.”

Teresa Webb is another relatively new artist who was juried into Kentucky Crafted. She creates unique dolls in her home-based studio in Berea. She agreed with Sriraman that there’s a validation in carrying the Kentucky Crafted brand.

“I’m no longer a hobbyist,” she said. “I can finally say I’m a maker.”

Webb is looking forward to joining the community of Kentucky’s finest visual and craft artists, and is interested in expanding her business.

“I would love to be able to contact someone and say, ‘I know you do woodworking, but how can what you’re doing relate to what I’m doing?’ I want to keep learning. It’s a whole new world. I want to learn from others so I can apply those lessons to my craft.”

The new Kentucky Crafted program artists are:

Robert Bridges (Rob Bridges Illustration), Georgetown, painting Margaret Cooney (Cooney Pottery), Elizabethtown, ceramics Michelle Hayden (Michelle Hayden Fine Art), Richmond, sculpture Edward Lawrence (Zedz Press), Frankfort, photography

Sharon Matisoff, Frankfort, painting

David Neace, Nicholasville, painting

Lakshmi Sriraman (Lakshmi’s Studio), Lexington, painting Teresa Webb (Worker Bee Sewing Co.), Berea, fiber art

Mary Ann Woolery-Bussey (Blue Lick Hollow), Berea, fiber art

Applicants to the program must be visual or craft artists who have a well-developed body of work in any medium, full-time residents of Kentucky, and over the age of 18. For more information on the Kentucky Crafted program, contact Dave Blevins at or 502-892-3120.

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“Vibrations” by Lakshmi Sriraman of Lexington, one of nine artists recently juried into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program.

A custom made doll of artist Frida Kahlo created by Teresa Webb of Berea, one of nine artists recently juried into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program.

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