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Local artisans display wares

July 26, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - In its second year, the Heritage Craft Center of the Eastern Panhandle still hasn't found a home to call its own.

Fortunately, that didn't keep the nonprofit arts group from opening its first show of local artisans' work this weekend, said board President Mellie Stabler.

"We're starting on the other half of our concept," said Stabler, who said the group's goal is to create a learning and marketing center to preserve the craft skills of past generations.

New board member Janie Henry and her husband, Greg Henry, offered space in their downtown Martinsburg art gallery for the show, called "A Taste of Heritage."

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Participating artisans were Glenn Horr, Ralph Gonzales, Lee Badger, Carol Slovikosky, Hilda Eiber, David Waltz, Kathy McClung, Dennis Nelson, Renee Zimrin, Kimberly A. Hardee, Lenora Murphy, Barry Chlypavka, Steve Adams and Geoffrey Wilkes.

Included were metalwork, stained glass, pottery, quilted items, hand-hewn, turned and carved wood items and basketry.

Many of the artisans attended the opening receptions Saturday and Sunday, Janie Henry said.

The Henrys estimated more than 100 people saw the show over the weekend.

The show will run through Oct. 30 at Queen Street Gallery, 213 N. Queen St., Martinsburg.

The group has been offering classes in "heritage crafts" like basketry, quilting, pottery and chair caning, Stabler said. The next session starts in August, she said.

The group was hoping to move into a renovated roundhouse, which would have fit its criteria of being housed in a restored historical building in downtown Martinsburg, Stabler said.

The Martinsburg City Council's recent vote not to purchase the property changed that plan, she said.

The group is looking at four places in downtown Martinsburg now, Stabler said.

Meanwhile, the group is seeking designs for an original logo through a contest offering $100 cash for the winning design, she said.

Logos should be black-and-white line drawings using pen or a No. 3 or harder pencil submitted on plain, white paper no larger than 81/2 inches by 11 inches.

They must be postmarked by midnight Aug. 31.

Send to: Heritage Craft Center of the Eastern Panhandle, P.O. Box 5126, Martinsburg, W.Va. 25402.

For information, call 1-304-229-2775.

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