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Henry County Arts & Crafts Guild Show

Pendleton, Ky.’s Hines to sell her natural candles at upcoming show

Annual event draws a crowd to New Castle fairgrounds

NEW CASTLE, Ky. (April 2016) – Debbie Hines is a versatile artist. A former jewelry maker, she now creates all natural candles with decorative lids, based upon her experience at making jewelry.
Using scented wax and essential oils, she has discovered a way to embellish the packaging that is as attractive as the candles themselves. “I had been making things with my sister and wanted to try candles,” said Hines, 62.
Her biggest obstacle was in having the candle scent leave the candle too soon. She solved the problem by crafting a hammered or embossed copper lid, a functional yet beautiful 3-D piece of artwork.

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Louisville native Debbie Hines recently moved to Henry County, where she makes her candles.

“No one else was making copper lids. It’s a unique piece of original artwork,” said the Louisville native. Her business is called Copper Tree Studio.
Hines plans to participate in the Henry County Arts & Craft Guild’s Spring Art Show on April 16 at the Henry County Fairgrounds in New Castle, Ky. Artwork for sale will include paintings, wood turned items, leather art, jewelry, scrimshaw cow horns, metal art, candles, painted wood boxes, baskets, and furniture.
The Guild was formed in 1998 and has long held a very successful art show in the fall. “We had a meeting in February and one of our members suggested we have a spring art show again, and so it was voted in to do that,” said Guild president Malissa Beatty.
Last year’s show went very well for many of the Guild members. Beatty said it is held at a perfect time for “people to come to buy our artwork for Mother’s Day, graduation gifts, birthdays, Derby Day, etc.”
Hines is hoping her candles will be a popular item at the spring show.
There are no chemicals in Hines’ candles, which have a burn life of 25 hours. “Lavender is my best seller,” she said of the 3-inch square by 3-inch tall candles. Lemongrass and eucalyptus are also scents she sells.

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Pictured above are samples of Debbie Hines’ candles created with copper metal decorative lids.

Hines joined the Henry County Arts & Craft Guild three years ago to “be with like-minded people,” she said. She had created jewelry for about five to six years before switching to candles. Hines also crafts copper embossed wall plaques.
She and her husband, David, moved from Pewee Valley, Ky., seven years ago to Pendleton in Henry County. David owns his own archery shop and indoor range called Tree Shadow Outfitters. Currently located in Shelbyville, he will be moving the business to Henry County soon.
Hines only participates in about two or three shows a year but does sell her artwork through Edenside Gallery on Bardstown Road in Louisville.
She is a member of an informal social artists group, Artistic Women, who meet once a month in different places. Many of the women own galleries, a convenient place for the group to meet. “We share our artwork and it’s a nice networking effort.”
Approximately 10 members of the Guild participate in the Kentucky Renaissance Faire, held in Henry County in June. They have their own building “that we built at the RenFaire’s Main Street,” Beatty said. Plans call for additional work on the building this spring as weather permits.
Beatty said she joined the Guild around 2002, near its formation. Past presidents have included local artists Saundra Smith and Sharon Silvers. “I joined because I knew some of the members already, and we took part in the earlier days of the Renaissance Faire, too.”
Beatty has done a lot of portrait painting throughout her artistic career. One very prominent individual she has painted is Kentucky’s own Bill Monroe. Known to many as “The Father of Bluegrass,” Beatty painted a portrait of Monroe. It hangs over the mantle in his Homestead Museum in Western Kentucky near Rosine, his hometown.
The Guild gives back to the community by helping area artists in many ways. “We help 4-H students who bring their work to sell at our art shows when they want to,” said Beatty.
Students are only charged a small fee for setting up their tables.
Recently, she was asked to give a talk to classes at Kenwood Station Elementary in Oldham County about her artwork and showed them examples of her work. “I had 20 minute sessions with about 50 students in each session and over 600 students all day long,” she said. Guild members have also been asked to judge student artwork for school events and at the Kentucky State Fair.

• For more information about the Henry County Arts & Craft Guild, contact president Malissa Beatty at (502) 220-8968 or find them on Facebook.

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