H.C. Arts and Crafts Guild show to be held Saturday

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

Need a new painting behind the sofa? A one-of-a-kind gift? Want to get some of your holiday shopping out of the way early this year?

The Henry County Arts and Crafts Guild’s 9th Annual Show will take place Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The new location for this year’s show is the Henry County Fairgrounds 4-H Center, U.S. 421 in New Castle.

Guild president Malissa Beatty noted there are more than 30 members in the Henry County Arts and Crafts Guild. Some, she said, are from surrounding counties and out of state.

Many of these gifted men and women will be on hand to display and sell their work, including Joanne Ashby.

Ashby, a Henry County gourd artist, is a former art teacher who has enjoyed working in many art mediums including clay, weaving, painting and printing. She became interested in art in high school. “Art was the one thing I was really good at,” Ashby said. “I struggled in my other subjects.” She went on to earn an art education degree from Kentucky State University in Frankfort and taught elementary school art for many years. “I wanted to get into teaching to encourage kids that were like me,” Ashby said. She now focuses on painting gourds and creating stained glass. “Recently I have been working in colored pencils on gourds, getting my inspiration from old hand-written manuscripts,” Ashby said. “I also do small stained glass pieces.”

She also has volunteered for 14 years as arts and crafts director at Indian Summer Camp for children with cancer. She read about the camp after undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. “I felt I needed to do something positive with that experience,” Ashby said.

Guild president Malissa Beatty said the group meets at the Henry County Extension Office every other month. She credits MaryEllen Garrison for the guild’s creation. “It was her suggestion to get local artists together,” Beatty said.

Interested artists and crafts people may call Beatty at (502) 743-5497 for information on how to get involved with the Henry County Arts and Crafts Guild.

The 2008 show will feature paintings, gourds, jewelry, wood bowls, carvings, boxes, painted furniture, toys, quilts, candles, woolen items, leatherwork, baskets and dolls.

Food will be provided by the Henry County Senior Citizens.

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