Mercer Island Reporter


Annual art fair brings together unique talents at Island’s Covenant Shores

By REBECCA MAR Mercer Island Reporter Reporter
October 19, 2012 · Updated 9:58 AM

Owen Hall, art instructor at Covenant Shores, shows his watercolor paintings to a resident during the annual Arts and Crafts Fair on Oct. 18, 2012. / Rebecca Mar/Staff Photo

Talent and dedication were on display during the arts and crafts fair at Covenant Shores on Mercer Island. The residents of Covenant Shores held their third annual fair on Thursday, Oct. 18. A wide variety of items were exhibited but not for sale, ranging from quilts and baskets to calligraphy and watercolors.

Seated at one table, Al White explained to admirers how he uses a lathe to craft his California redwood bowls. Shirley Wilkinson demonstrated using a basket-weave stitch on needlepoint covers for a set of six chairs that had belonged to her mother. She started the project five years ago to reupholster each antique chair for her daughter and hopes to finish next month.

Don Hanson described how his 36-inch, four-harness maple loom works — it is a loom that can hold more than 500 threads at once. A bass wood American kestrel, or falcon, the handiwork of Jim Larson, was on display, and a how-to woodcarving video played on a large screen. Bright, intricate quilts by Nancy Gronhovd and others added a splash of vibrant color to the show.

Greta Baker’s handsewn dancing dresses were also presented.

“My husband and I have been dancing ever since we got married, and that was 34 years ago,” Baker said. She and her husband, Robert, are ballroom dancers and also belong to the Scandia Folkdance Society. They attend Let’s Dance Club dances in the Mercer Island VFW Hall, in addition to the Austria Club’s Viennese Ball. Baker learned to sew as a teenager, taught by her mother, and this year alone has made 15 dresses.

Various artists, including Donna Palmberg, Marilyn Howard, art instructor Owen Hall and others, exhibited their watercolors.

The arts and crafts fair is held every October.



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