Arts, crafts showcase features products made with a personal touch

May 24, 2004|JIM LOGAN

If it hadn't been for cigarettes, Anna Scrivner might never have become a folk artist trying to sell her first work. Some years ago she became a grandmother and decided to quit smoking, she said, "and I had to have something to do with my hands."

She turned to quilting. It worked, and Saturday the Richmond woman had 25 quilts for sale at Kentucky's Second Annual Arts & Crafts Show at the Boyle County Fairgrounds.

Scrivner was one of 18 artisans and other crafty souls at the show, which features hand-made glassworks, candles, wood carvings, ceramics, jewelry and more from around Central Kentucky.

Her quilts ranged from one made of more than 100 neckties to a "summertime" version with about 900 cloth "yo-yos" sewn into it.


"Every quilt is different," she said. "Every one has a story to tell."

So do the crafts people. Wendy Southworth and Mindy Bell are twins who had never been apart until after they got married in a double ceremony a few years back.

Today Southworth lives in Harrodsburg and Bell is in Monticello and they're just getting Twin Sisters Candles off the ground.

"We bought so many we decided to make our own," said Southworth.

They learned how to make candles through the Internet, and the business was born.

The twins don't expect to get rich off their candles, but the endeavor "lets us be able to spend time together ... without the kids," Southworth said.

"That's the best part," said Bell.

The crafts show was put together by Ann and Jerry Ursprung of the Forkland area, who attended last year's fair as vendors. Ann paints and Jerry does intricately carved wood pieces.

Ann heard that the man who organized the first show wasn't going to do it again, so she stepped up.

"I didn't want it to die," she said.

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