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September Art Fair at Mellwood

Crestwood’s Weiland
to join art show at
Mellwood Arts Center

She creates unique, one-of-a-kind
pieces she calls ‘Raise My Glass’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 2013) – Artist Lauren Weiland strives to be unique and different. Having always been creative, she now has a thriving business that combines magnifying glass, wood and metal to produce a very distinctive craft.
While shopping for a unique magnifying glass to use and display in her home, she came up empty handed. “I wanted form and function to meet fashion and décor,” said the Crestwood, Ky., resident.

Weiland art

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Lauren Weiland makes these personalized handstamped wine stoppers and other items.

Not finding what she sought, Weiland decided to “create my own vision.”
She now “upcycles wooden finials, spindles, candlesticks, handles and whatever else I discover that has a beautiful architectural design with a comfortable feel in hand.” Her business is called Raise My Glass.
Weiland will be one of many artists to participate in the fifth annual September Art Fair at Mellwood. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, at the 42-acre Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave. in Louisville.
On display and for sale will be a variety of items including jewelry, home décor, wooden swings, pottery, culinary foods, wearable art and Kentucky Proud products. Admission and parking are free.
A self-taught artist, Weiland “has always been a creative soul searching for unusual treasures that I can recreate for use in a more productive or unexpected way.”
Weiland, 47, said that every piece she makes is one-of-a-kind and all handcrafted. When it comes to designing a piece, “I like the look and feel of old things.”

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Weiland

Her initial creations began with magnifying lenses, and her artwork has since progressed to wine stoppers, copper decanter labels, ring holders and her newest item, a “Vintage Inspired” magnifying glass necklace. Relatively new to the art scene, she opened a store on Etsy in January 2013.
By using many different shapes and sizes of wood and glass, Weiland can create a variety of different designs. Her choice of color and signature distress finish produces fun and unusual creations.
“I offer custom personal hand-stamped messages on each metal tag so every piece has an important or significant meaning for each customer,” she said. With more than 100 uses for a magnifying glass, “it’s the perfect gift for everyone.”
Weiland moved to Oldham County 10 years ago. She was born in Connecticut, raised in Arizona and has lived in Santa Fe, N.M., where she said she was “surrounded by amazingly talented artists. It was there I discovered a real appreciation for art and the many mediums used.”
Originally built in 1094 as the Fischer Meat Packing Co., the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center has been renovated into a 360,000-square-foot facility that houses more than 200 artist studios, specialty stores, galleries, teaching studios, office spaces, rehearsal spaces for theater groups, dancers and more.
“There will be 72 indoor booths and 80 outdoor booths,” said Scooter Davidson, the center’s executive director. There will also be a children’s activity tent, stage with rotating musicians and concessions. The latter will be like the concessions you find at the St. James Art Fair, said Davidson, also an artist who will have her bejeweled horse shoes for sale.
Although a large percentage of the artists appearing in the September Art Fair at Mellwood participated in the now defunct Ursaline Art Fair, Davidson said, “We pride ourselves on including new and upcoming artists.” Weiland will be one of these artists, since this is her very first show.
“I am thrilled and honored to have been accepted to the September Art Fair at Mellwood,” said Weiland. She displays her art at the Red Tree, Urban Farmhouse Market and The Cornerstone, in addition to having it displayed in California, Nevada and Illinois.
“It’s always nice to be around other talented people,” Weiland said. “What I make is not a craft for the beginner at home. It truly is a piece of personalized art designed with high quality material and lots of attention to detail.”
This show draws a regional crowd, with artists traveling from Indiana, Ohio, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, Davidson said. “We draw a nice crowd from the areas the artists are from also.”
“All artists are juried, items are hand made and there are good price points,” on the artwork, said Davidson. Prices range from $10 up to $1,000, something for every budget.
A current exhibition at the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center that attendees will also get to see is titled, “The Art of the Quilt.” Four national artists participated in this show, Davidson said.

• For more information, call the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center at (502) 895-3650 or visit: www.MellwoodArtCenter.com.

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