Arts and Crafts show will be Aug. 9, 10

Jul 22, 2013
Photo by: Donated Photo Debbie Skelly will sell her painted gourds at the craft show this August.

Junaluska Woman’s Club’s 2013 Creative Endeavors Arts and Crafts Show will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10 in the Harrell Center at Lake Junaluska.

The annual show and sale will feature more than 30 artisans selling baskets, jewelry, woodcrafts, stained glass, pottery, books, lamps, fabric creations, homemade goodies, journals and much more.

One of the artists, Debbie Skelly, had always loved art, especially painting, but found her own art form in painting on gourds.

“I saw my first gourd in a gallery in Boone,” Skelly said. “From that day on, I knew that I wanted to work with gourds. I cannot imagine doing anything else.”

Her gourd designs are influenced by nature, Native American and Southwestern styles.

“Because I love the ‘critters, I often incorporate butterflies, dragonflies and hummingbirds into my art,” she said. “In addition, I use dreamcatchers, bears, turtles and kokopellis, which are in the Native American and Southwestern styles. I can actually incorporate anything onto a gourd.”

Skelly uses a variety of media, such as leather dyes, inks, polishes, paint and clay. Carving and wood burning are used on many of her gourds. All natural embellishments and beads are often used as accents.

Since 1988 Phil Coghill, a professional kaleidoscope artist and wood turner, has participated in juried shows and festivals throughout the southeast. He has been making and wholesaling kaleidoscopes to galleries and fine craft stores throughout the United States and internationally since 19

Coghill is a former industrial arts and science teacher with an industrial arts education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has taught stained glass and kaleidoscope-making classes at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana State University and other locations in Louisiana and Mississippi.

He is a member of the American Association of Woodturners and the Carolina Mountain Woodturners. He is also a member of the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society, an international organization for kaleidoscope artists, galleries and collectors.

For more information, call Marie Metcalf at 454-9474.