The annual Paonia Holiday Art Fair is this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7. Stop on by to see the many gifts crafted by a variety of local artists.
All the activity will happen at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in downtown Paonia. The hours on Friday are from 3 to 9 p.m., and then all day Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Over 20 artists will have their work on display and for sale. What an opportunity to pick up a truly one-of-a-kind gift done by one of the talented artists. There will be flags by Marla Bishop, candles by Kathy Johnson, soap by Heidi Simpson, glass and paintings by Lark with Janet Abel, ornaments and photos by LaDean, paintings by Cedar Kesnet, non-profit goodies by the North Fork Community Montessori School, books by Jane McGarry, pottery by Tara Miller, textiles by non-profit Taquile Textiles, clothing by Sally Owen, jewelry by Ayelet Perry, Celia Roberts photography, textiles by Theresa Schneider, paintings by Marc Shevene, toys by Peggy Soup Lovey, jewelry by Patricia Weller, massage by Lynn Wetherall, wreaths by Millicent Young and textiles by Dorien Bethune.
One of the artists you can meet during the two days is Sally Owen, a seamstress and milliner of upcycled fashions and hats.
Owen finds much of her material at yard sales and thrift stores. She selects clothes that have some fabric or design that catches her eye and then she starts creating her new fashions from the pieces she cuts.
"I'll buy velvet dresses and then I make my velvet hats," Owen said.
So, Sally sees a dress and thinks she could make a lot of hats out of that!
"I got a really cute velveteen skirt someone had made and given to the thrift store. When they sewed the full-length skirt they reversed the velveteen. So, the velveteen was two different colors. The skirt was not wearable. I remember doing that years ago, probably when I was 12 years old," she said. "I profit from other people's mistakes."
Last week in the Art Center in Grand Junction a lady gave her a brocade bedspread from the 40s. It's destined to become hats.
Some of her hats are for winter warmth, which is a good thing for this season, and she makes beautiful creations to accompany formal attire.
Owen began hand sewing when she was four and sewing on a machine when she was six. She got patterns from the store and figured out what to do from looking at the pictures because she couldn't read yet. "To this day I still don't read the directions!" Owen said, laughing.
She made a dress for her sixth grade teacher and she received $5 for it. She was 11 and already a professional.
She still makes all of her own patterns.
"In college I would do retro stuff. I would take dresses from thrift stores from the 1920s and 30s and I would cut them up and make halter tops," she said. She liked to wear them to Grateful Dead concerts she attended around 1975.
Owen had a 27-1/2 year nursing career at the Aspen hospital. There she got involved in the Mountain Fair. She made wacky fashions to sell. After she retired from the hospital she moved to Pitkin Mesa. She now has a home and a workshop made of tires.
During the Holiday Art Fair, Owen will have all her own creations there — her hats, skirts and other fashions.blog comments powered by Disqus