The Shine House

The Shine House is a nonprofit community arts center located in the heart of downtown Somerset. Their goal is to provide the community with instruction in a variety of visual art forms; painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, and object art. Currently they have scheduled open studio times, when you can drop in and create a unique piece in various media, jewelry making and quilting, as well as some live music events. They also offer several different physical fitness classes as well, such as: core&toning, yoga and belly dancing. They support the local art community in many ways, including exhibiting art and giving local and regional arts an opportunity to sell their work. They are currently looking for artwork for the next art show! You can see their schedule of events on the website:


Wandering Elm

Wandering Elm is Somerset’s newest photography studio. Lacy Hillard has 11 years in the industry, having started as a staff photographer for a newspaper. She now offers photography in Somerset and all over the country. She states having a deep love of nature and an astute connection to light are the fundamentals to her style. Her studio offers numerous kinds of sessions, from couples/weddings, maternity to professional and modeling. The studio will also offer various classes that will be open to the public. An upcoming one is “Light + Lens Teen Edition” this is a teens only workshop held Jan 19-20th that will teach the basic mechanics of photography as well as other elements. Enrollment is open now and spots are limited. They will also be hosting an art show, “I Heart the Arts” on Feb 9th. Check out their website for more information.

Somerset Art Studio

Somerset ART Studio was established via Somerset Foundation a local, non profit organization to provide for the needy here in Kentucky and all over the world, to bring creative opportunities to our community. Not only for the children, but for adults as well. They are excited for the chance to bless some of the communities children. Many times a child can be interested in art, be artistically talented and gifted, yet their parents don’t have the extra funds to provide art, art lessons or art supplies. The Art Director, Lori Boyd states she “Wants to do my best to help cultivate and grow those artistic interests and talents in all children, not just those who are financially able.” They offer art classes for all ages, birthday parties, showers, fundraisers for local school, outreach projects (painting positivity on the bathroom stalls at Pulaski Ele.), Art Club, quilting, crocheting, photography, art day camps, etc. For more information you can check out their facebook page

Lake Cumberland Performing Arts

This group strives to enrich the lives of the people in the region by offering a wide array of cultural and theatrical programs. The programs are offered to the community through three series of performances presented in partnership with The Center for Rural Development: School Time Theatre, Children’s Prime Time Theatre, and Center Stage. The group began in 1966 by providing cultural experiences to those who were unable to obtain them elsewhere. It started as The Actors Theater of Louisville coming to Somerset every year. The Arts also brought the Louisville Ballet here, and began to slowly branch out, securing grants from Southern Arts foundation (now South Arts). With these grants, LCPA is ably to bring numerous cultural events to the Lake Cumberland Area. As the organization has grown, so has the size, quality and quantity of its offerings each season. They also host annual events that are very popular, including the Fall Celebration of the Arts and a Derby Eve Gala. Find details at:

Carnegie Community Arts Center

One of the most established cultural centers in Somerset. The Carnegie aims to promote art through education and entertainment. You can go there to learn more about music, how to write and compose, more about performing, from stellar vocal instruction to violin and guitar performance, the rudiments of drawing and painting, theatre and acting. Also small and large groups are invited to use the facility for reunions, wedding receptions, corporate luncheons and more. The remodeled down stairs – with its Bistro and Grande Piazza are also a unique venue that can be rented for private parties. They are committed to showcasing fine are, scheduling several exhibits each year. They also host weekly live music events, and have a lovely gift shop where you can purchase local arts and crafts. Learn more at: