PEWEE VALLEY, Ky. (October 2003) Cathy Quigleys artwork
is in high demand at many area craft shows. Personalization is a niche
she said she has learned to fill.
She will be among more than 100 featured craftspeople and artists
in the Fall into Christmas Craft Show, which is part of
the annual Arts and Crafts Day in Pewee Valley.
Quigleys art work.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, featuring
exhibitors set up along three locations in Pewee Valley: the Pewee
Valley Presbyterian Church at 119 Central Avenue, St. Aloysius School
Campus at 112 Mount Mercy Dr.; the Pewee Valley Womens Club
Clubhouse at 218 Mount Mercy Dr.; and an indoor location at the old
Pewee Valley Firehouse on the city square. The event is an annual
major fundraiser for the Pewee Valley Womens Club.
For Quigley who lives in Pewee Valley, this arts and crafts fair is
convenient. She sometimes travels to as many as three craft shows
a month, in locations such as Bardstown, Highview, Glendale and Ballard.
She said she prefers this one because it draws a large crowd and the
location is perfect. It is also a well-run show.
Quigley crafts personalized wooden Christmas ornaments and wooden
holiday jewelry. Her hot item this year is gingerbread men ornaments,
which look as if they have just sprung out of the oven.
She purchases the wooden ornaments and wooden necklaces pre-made.
The necklaces are often designed in the shape of snowmen and Christmas
trees, which she paints in festive hues and ads beads. She next personalizes
them to her customers specifications. She said her items are
popular with families, teachers and children.
Quigley said she had tried her hand at creating various forms of artwork,
such as basket making, in the past 15 years. Along with a full-time
job, this was too time-consuming. She made the switch to wooden items
five years ago, because the idea has gone over so well.
This will be Quigleys fourth year in attendance at the Pewee
Valley Art & Craft Fair. She said she has always been a creative
person, and her interest in the arts slowly evolved until she began
creating art to sell. Her mother, Jinny Turner, helps her craft her
In addition to artists such as Quigley, there will be a focus on entertainment
this year, said Nevins. Entertainment chairperson Marilyn Davis said,
This is the first year to try entertainment. It will be ongoing,
all day. The location for most of this activity will be in the
middle of town, in front of the red caboose parked on Mount Mercy
Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 9:45 a.m., with a flag raising
and Mayor Clayton Stoess Jr. will be singing, accompanied by Richard
and Anna Ray.
Other performers scheduled to appear are Belles & Beaus square
dancers, the Chatterbox Quartet (a barbershop quartet), Oldham County
High School drama and choral departments, and clowns.
Pewee Valley has a lot to offer, said Davis. She encourages
Oldham County citizens, young and old, to come out for a day entertainment.
Proceeds fund scholarships awarded to seniors at all Oldham County
High Schools. Craft show chairperson Rose Heite said three $2,000
scholarships would be awarded this year.
Profits raised would also benefit the St. Aloysius Art Education Program.
The womens club is an active civic organization founded on Feb.
26, 1952, which donates time, money and services to community groups.
Heite said booths would display crafts ranging from florals to wooden
works, potters, ceramics, jewelry and holiday items. This juried event
draws artisans from the tri-state area of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana,
said publicity chairperson Jennifer Nevins.
For more information, call (502) 222-6406 or (502) 222-4601.