Arts & Crafts Day in Pewee Valley

Pewee Valley churches to hold their annual Arts & Crafts Day

Up to 100 arts and crafts exhibitors
are expected to participate

PEWEE VALLEY, Ky. (October 2016) – Pewee Valley, Ky., is a small town known for its charming and picturesque atmosphere. Every fall it also comes alive with an Arts & Craft Day that showcases the best artists and craftsmen in the area. This year’s event is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.
There are four indoor locations within walking distance of each other: The Pewee Valley Woman’s Club at 218 Mt. Mercy Dr.; the Pewee Valley Presbyterian Church at 119 Central Ave.; St. James Episcopal Church at 401 La Grange Rd.; and St. Aloysius Catholic Church at 122 Mt. Mercy Dr.
“There are different things at each location,” said organizer Karen Swinney.

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Harley Dougherty of central Kentucky will return to show off his chainsaw carving skills at the Arts & Crafts Day in Pewee Valley, Ky.

This juried show has been put on for the last 20 years by the Pewee Valley Women’s Club and St. James Episcopal Church. Proceeds benefit the Pewee Valley Woman’s Club Fund for Oldham County Community Scholarships and St. James’ Women of the Church charitable missions.
“All kinds of items will be for sale,” Swinney said. The selection includes jewelry, clothing, wreaths, candles, floral arrangements, wearable art (knitted, crocheted and sewn items), wood carvings, jams, jellies, repurposed furniture and Christmas décor and is the perfect place to get a jump-start on holiday shopping.
“There will be some people demonstrating at their booths while the show goes on.”
“There will be up to 100 artists between the different locations,” said Liz Carter, another one of the organizers. “There will be up to 45 to 50 at the Pewee Valley Women’s Club location.”
Along with what Carter labeled “a huge range” of handmade arts and crafts, the day also features a food truck (Chops BBQ) at the Pewee Valley Presbyterian Church, a silent auction that features baskets put together by members of the Woman’s Club, a cake auction and a chance to participate in Split the Pot raffles.
“There will be food at each location,” she said.
“There are some new crafters, but about half of them are returning vendors,” said Swinney.
All items must be handmade and artists have to be juried in, Carter said.

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Pictured above are samples of Harley Dougherty’s work.

“The majority of vendors are local, but there are also several from the region,” Carter said. In the past, artists have traveled from Tennessee and Ohio to participate.
One returning favorite entertainer will be Harley Dougherty, a national and international chainsaw artist from central Kentucky. Dougherty will be demonstrating his carving talents from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Having been carving for the last 11 years, Dougherty has won top awards in the World Chainsaw Champion-ship and the Golden Chainsaw World Championship. One current project he is working on is carving bobcats at Silver Creek Elementary in Berea, Ky.
“Having found it a great location for his work,” he has been attending the Arts and Crafts Day in Pewee Valley since 2014, said Carter.
The Pewee Valley Woman’s Club formed in 1952 with the purpose of creating an enjoyable community of members that promotes education, civic improvements and charitable services within the local area. The club is a very active civic organization open to all women who live in Oldham County and adjoining counties.

• For more information contact Karen Swinney at (502) 741-9117 or Liz Carter at (502) 802-3727.

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