County Arts & Craft Guild
enters its seventh year
of the woodworking trade from husband
Helen E. McKinney
NEW CASTLE, Ky. (September 2006) Betty Buehler
decided to hang out in her husbands basement workshop to spend
more time with him. What she didnt count on was becoming hooked
on his woodworking tools.
County Arts & Craft Guild member
Betty Buehler makes freestanding
wooden Santa figurines.
I wanted to do scroll saw work, said Buehler.
She took a class at Louisvilles Woodcraft and lost my fear
of the saw.
In the beginning, her husband would cut patterns for her, while Buehler
painted them. In time, she learned to do the cutting herself. Among
her most popular pieces of art are her freestanding figurines, many
of them Santas, and Christmas ornaments.
I always admired wood, said Buehler of her fascination with
this hobby. From this interest grew Buehlers own business, Wood
and Stitches, 12 years ago.
Buehler is one of 25 artisans who will be showing and selling their
artwork at the seventh annual Henry County Art & Craft Guild show.
Artists will display their crafts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 9
at the Smith-Berry Winery, located on Hwy. 202 in New Castle.
Guild members will have a variety of artwork on display, including paintings,
wooden bowls, wool items, walking sticks, iron works, baskets, music
boxes, jewelry, candles and more. Admission is free for the art and
craft show, but from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. a fee is charged that covers a
dinner and concert series held at the winery.
The Louisville-based band Hog Operation will perform its brand of music,
a combination of many styles including bluegrass, blues, Celtic, country
and rock. Reservations are strongly suggested, and tickets are $17.95
plus tax or $22.95 at the door. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs
or a blanket for the concert.
Were happy to be there, said guild president Sharon
Silvers of the winery location. Guild members have also been invited
to Louisvilles Galt House to display their crafts for the Kentucky
Association for Academic Competition on Sept. 28-30, said Silvers. This
conference is a gathering of academic team coaches and officials who
network and train through a series of speakers and exhibits.
Originally from Jefferson County, Buehler has lived in Oldham County
for 19 years while her children attended school. She now lives in Prospect
and works out of her home.
Buehler participates in about five local craft shows a year, usually
in Oldham, Henry and Jefferson counties. She also cross-stitches and
sews craft items, such as sweatshirts and stockings.
In addition to taking a class at Woodcraft, Buehler also took a class
under master carver Joe Offerman of Owensboro, Ky. Offerman, 69, is
a retired speech and language pathologist who began woodworking as a
A self-taught artist, Offerman is a juried participant of the Kentucky
Crafted Marketing Program. He teaches classes to students such as Buehler
to promote an interest in his art form.
Buehler said she is fortunate enough to do the things that I like,
in her craft. She never mass-produces an item; all are one-of-a-kind
originals. She derives many of her ideas from magazines and Christmas
Asked to join the guild two or three times, Buehler always declined,
hesitating because she considered myself to be a craft person
rather than a true artist.
Buehler finally decided that joining the guild would be appropriate.
I look forward to this being a learning experience, she
said. Buehler will be in good company as she participates in the art
For more information, contact Sharon Silvers
at (502) 845-4560. For reservations for the dinner and concert series
at Smith Berry Winery, call 1-888-845-7091.
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