Valley Arts & Crafts Day
to join 100 exhibitors
at Pewee Valley art festival
offer jewelry, wooden items
Helen E. McKinney
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.
Ive 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.
Dugans 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 years show: the Pewee Valley Presbyterian
Church, St. Aloysius School, Pewee Valley Womens 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. Were 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
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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