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Pewee Valley Arts & Crafts Day

Dugans to join 100 exhibitors
at Pewee Valley art festival

The Harrodsburg couple
offer jewelry, wooden items

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

PEWEE VALLEY, Ky. (October 2008) – When Eddie Dugan visited a craft shop in Glendale, Ky., and saw several wooden items that interested him he thought, “I could probably make those.” He tried his hand at crafting some University of Kentucky themed items, and when he received orders for the product, he knew he was on to something.
“I’ve always worked with my hands,” said Dugan. For 37 years he was a maintenance employee at General Electric Co.
Using a scroll saw, Dugan crafts various items, such as horse statuettes, kitchen tools, toys, Christmas ornaments, Nativity sets and religious and wildlife pictures. He has an 1890 foot-powered scroll saw that he uses from time to time.
Dugan’s daughter told him about a craft show in Pewee Valley where she lived, and he was immediately interested. He has churned out wooden items from his scroll saw since retiring 15 years ago from General Electric and thought this show would be one of the best he could attend.
Dugan and his wife, Maggie, are expected to be among more than 100 local and out-of-state crafters taking part in the Pewee Valley Arts and Craft Day. The show is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Oct. 25 There will be four locations for this year’s show: the Pewee Valley Presbyterian Church, St. Aloysius School, Pewee Valley Women’s Club House and the St. James Episcopal Church.
This is the first time for the St. James Episcopal Church location, said event organizer Susan Tomasetti. “We’re trying to get people to visit all four,” she said.
Visitors will get their tickets punched at each location, and if they visit all four, they may be eligible for prizes. Location maps will be provided on the outside of the event programs.
St. James Episcopal Church was also added in an effort to secure indoor space for crafters in case of inclement weather “to make them as comfortable as possible,” said Tomasetti.
Each church location will house a kitchen café where visitors can purchase foods, such as bagels, donuts and sausage and biscuits for breakfast, and hotdogs, chili, sandwiches and dessert for lunch.
Dugan, 71, is originally from Nelson County, Ky. He said that even when artists get into better shows such as this one, “there is still a lot to learn. If you want to improve, you need to move to different areas and get guidance from other sources.”
Dugan met his wife at a craft show in Danville, Ky. This will be the first time the couple has attended the Pewee Valley Arts & Craft Day.
Maggie, 62, is originally from Harrodsburg, located in Mercer County, Ky., where the couple presently live. “This is my first year doing craft shows,” said Maggie.
Four years ago she began beading and has also worked with wire wrapping and stained glass. She will be displaying and selling dichroic pendants and bracelets and jewelry made of precious metal clay.
Her dichroic glass pendants receive a lot of attention from shoppers. They have a three-dimensional look and are comprised of different colors. “I like watching the glass pile up and melt,” she said of the creative process.
Dichroic glass reflects away certain wave-lengths (colors) of light and allows the remaining wave-lengths to transmit through.
Maggie traveled to Missouri to learn the art of dichroic fusing in a kiln. She attended the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Georgia to learn to craft precious metal clay jewelry.
This latter jewelry technique was introduced by the Japanese, said Maggie. She begins with clay and ends with silver jewelry as the finished product. She will often take leaves from trees and paint them with several coats of paint before placing in a kiln. When fired, the leaves disintegrate and she is left with a unique piece of jewelry.

• For more information on the Pewee Valley Arts & Craft Day, contact Susan Tomasetti at (502) 241-1137.

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