Plant Sale & Art Show

Crestwood Civic Club to hold
its 'Art in the Garden' event

'Ask the Expert' to be on hand to answer questions

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (September 2021) – Bob Faletti experiences the joy of woodworking each time he uses his lathe. His handmade creations are admired by many for their functionality and beauty.
Faletti, 74, said he became interested in wood turning by accident. Because his father was in the U.S. Army, “I went to four different high schools – two in Germany, one in Kentucky and I graduated from one in Georgia.” None had a shop class until his senior year, when he was confronted with taking shop or physics. “I wanted to be a teacher,” he said, but the interest was always there to take shop.”
Over time, he dabbled in wood and crafted a table and cradle that has been heavily used by his family. In 2004 he retired from the Army, where he had been an instructor, but he went back to work for a few years. Two years later, he bought a lathe and “discovered the joys of woodworking.”

Crestwood Civic Club

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The fourth annual Art in the Garden event will be held at the clubhouse on Kavanaugh Road.

Placing a chunk of wood on the lathe and turning it so that he could see the intricate swirling of the grain as it transformed into a beautiful bowl or other item had him hooked. A few of the items he crafts are bowls, rolling pins and bud vases.
These are all items he will have on display at the fourth annual Art & Garden Market, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Sponsored by the Crestwood Civic Club, it will be held at their clubhouse located at 7215 Kavanaugh Rd. in Crestwood. Additional artists and craftspeople will have on display nature photography, wreaths, stained glass, quilts, leather goods and local honey.
“I try to have a variety of artwork and not too many of one kind,” said Carin Wuchterl, who organizes the booths for the market. She said there will be 20-25 booths.
The market promotes the club’s annual plant sale, which includes many varieties of perennials, succulents and herbs donated by club members, local nurseries and retail home garden stores. There will be an “Ask the Expert” booth on the grounds for patrons to get information about trees, plants and honeybees.
Faletti said he participated in this show “two years ago. It was my first craft show.” As a hobby he greatly enjoys, he tends to give away “90 percent of what I make.”
As mostly self-taught in wood tuning, Faletti said he is grateful for the wood turning community. He has found good mentors along the way who have shared their knowledge of the trade with him. He was encouraged to join the American Association of Woodturners and the Louisville Area Woodturners to learn all he could.
As to the wood he uses in his creations, “Mother Nature has a way of knocking trees down,” he said. Family and friends often give him enough wood to keep him busy. “All woods have their own beauty. The wood tells you what it wants to be.”
Shoppers will find unique items handcrafted by local artisans displayed inside the clubhouse and on the grounds. A new addition to this year’s market will be food trucks for the first time and the opportunity to reserve the club’s famous Holiday Cheeseballs. Guests will also be able to purchase raffle tickets for a drawing for items donated by vendors.
“People do love the plants,” said current club president Sue Deibel. “It’s a little different this year because we normally do the sale in the spring with a lot of plant vendors. But everyone loves the crafts as well.”

Bob Faletti art

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Pictured above are sample of Bob Faletti's wood pieces.

The civic club was established six years before any woman in America received the right to vote. “The club began in 1914, and there are still ancestors of those first members within the county,” Deibel said. As the oldest private civic organization in the county, the all-woman club has about 30-35 active members who continually live by their motto: “Service to others.”
“We have a great membership,” Deibel said, who has been a member since 2014 when invited to join by her neighbor, Margret Turner. Deibel had just retired and was excited to be part of a club that had celebrated a century in existence. “There are a lot of different talents within the club.”
All money raised from the club’s events goes to its scholarship fund and indigent funds. Since 1964, the club has given $1,000 annually for a four-year period to a college student. The current recipient is a University of Kentucky nursing student.
The first big fundraiser for the civic club was begun in 1988 when the club instituted their very popular annual Home Tour & Luncheon. Four historic homes were on that first tour. Despite missing 2020 and 2021 because of COVID-19, club members say they hope to continue this tradition in November 2022. As a way to make extra funding to cover their project costs, the club also rents out their clubhouse for events.

• For more information or to reserve a vendor spot for the Art & Garden Market, contact Carin at (502) 807-9020 or visit the club’s Facebook page.

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