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Webers to take part in
Madison Craft Show at Armory

The show is a continuance
of a Hanover College event

(November 2014) – Recycle. Reuse. Redo. Madison Craft Show vendor Gina Weber of Weber Designs, along with husband, Troy, hand make benches, shelves, all shapes and sizes of wine racks upcycled from 1800s barn wood. There are also wreaths from honeysuckle vines with deer antlers, feathers and hand-gathered berries, gourds, tobacco stick products made from 50-year-old tobacco sticks found on her farm and even items incorporating old bedsprings.
“We just incorporate anything that we can re-purpose,” said Weber, 47. “We don’t have patterns for anything we do. Everything is an original, so there is always something different. No two items are exactly alike.”

Photo by Lisa Newlin

Gina Weber and
her husband, Troy,
make many items from
recycled barn wood.

Weber also has many items that could be given as gifts – candles, wall sconces, lanterns on a post, and tobacco stick trees for indoor or outdoor use. All Weber Designs originals are hand-made, hand-crafted. Prices range from $5 to $45.
“There’s nothing over $45, unless it is a special order,” she said.
Weber will be among several vendors participating in this year’s Madison Craft Show, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the National Guard Armory, 1533 Clifty Dr., in Madison, Ind.
This will be the second year of the craft show at the Armory, which is a continuance of the very popular Hanover Craft Show that used to be held on the campus of Hanover College until the building they used was re-purposed for student housing. The people at Hanover, when they realized that it couldn’t continue, were generous enough to pass on their list of vendors to a group of local crafters who wanted to see the quality hand-crafted traditions to continue, while promoting an un-jurored arts sales venue in Madison, according to organizers.
These crafters are a group of retirees, along with a few widows, who have a tradition of coming together to a well-stocked workshop in the Kent area to work on projects and socialize. The group will have a booth at the show this year, where “snowmen” is the featured theme for their hand-crafted items made from re-purposed, recycled wood – old barn wood, wood slabs discarded from a saw mill, old wood from people that has just been lying around, trees that have been cut down in their yard, and so on.
Final deadline for participants this year was July 31, and the expanded show was already full with a long waiting list. There will be nearly 30 booths with vendors from all around the southern Indiana area, organizers said.
Organizers of the craft show have set a new goal this year – that is that the funds that are raised are to support non-profit youth organizations. This is being done in the hope that the arts, and specifically, the crafts movement will continue to grow by fostering creativity in local high school students, inspiring them through their in depth participation to make crafts, and to perhaps one day have a booth.
Madison Consolidated High School’s show choir has been chosen to be the first group to benefit from this transitioning away from the core group of show organizers. Craft show organizers see this as a way for the show choir to have an annual fundraiser event that can be relied on for the money required to buy costumes, music, and other things for which they might need but have a difficult time procuring funds.
Teresa Grayson, choir director at the high school, will oversee the student volunteers as they take over the craft show concessions this year and provide assistance to the vendors by helping them carry in their wares and whatever else needs to be done.
The show’s core group will continue to be affiliated with the craft show, staying in the background, helping the show choir take over more and more responsibilities, while advising them as needed in the coming years until the transition is complete.
Weber said she is happy with the move of the sale to the Armory because it is easy to get to, has ample parking, and has been well advertised. Weber says that “business was awesome last year.”

• For more information, contact Wanda Shelley at (812) 273-3756.

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