The Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky this month has a new gallery offering fine arts and crafts handcrafted by a number of talented and juried artists. A former Berea movie theater that closed its doors in the 1980s is now reborn as The Berea Center for the Arts (Berea-center-arts.com).
Gallery owner Sune Frederiksen bought the building two years ago and put it through a long renovation. It opened April 9. Frederiksen is also owner of the popular Main Street Café restaurant on College Square in Berea, which also features arts and crafts.
The newly renovated building still contains the old movie balcony, which has become an intimate and functional space for performing arts, classes, workshops and seminars. Future plans including a pottery shop in the former coal cellar.
Berea Center of the Arts is located on Berea’s busiest street next door to the public library, a short walk to either Old Town or College Square. Skilled local labor worded on the renovation. It is open Wednesday to Saturday; private showings are available other days.