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The art of craft

The pieces on display at the Pasco Arts Center are part of a two-month display of fine crafts.

Published September 19, 2003

The Pasco Arts Center's current exhibit is something different - an entire, two-month show devoted to fine crafts.

"All of this isn't exactly art, but all of it is very interesting and creative," said Marj Golub, executive director of the center. Works by 14 craftsmakers are included in the show.

Arguably, the most unusual - and beautiful - is Patricia Brown Fetters' sculptured leather pieces. The largest, a three-dimensional white egret, hangs in the center's entry foyer. The bird is about 30 inches tall, wading through blue water and green grasses. It is made entirely from dyed leather, sculpted into a work of art.

"She uses a secret process," Ms. Golub said. "She colors the leather by soaking it in her secret formula." Then she forms and drapes it over pliable clay or a firm object, arranging the colors to create an image. The leather "freezes" into place and stays there.

Among the other creations are a life-like magnolia, large urns, bud vases, a serving tray, a leather "painting" of a multihued sailing ship, a Navajo woman and some wild horses in full gallop.

"She developed this technique while she was living in the Southwest," Ms. Golub said. "Since she moved to Florida, she uses different themes."

Among the most whimsical crafts are Linda Hartman's clear glass plates, goblets and silver dog dishes with large, colorful glass half beads arranged on the outside and surrounded by what looks like strings of soldering metal.

Nola Branche entered several stained glass hangings and objects, including one displayed near the entry that makes the white wall behind it appear to be liquid.

A comical entry is Cheryl Gauvin's "Heavenly Bodies," a collection of pottery pieces made in the shapes of women's bosoms and derrieres.

The show also has Chuck Poppelreiter's large, black handmade dolls, Roger Vorhies' painted furniture, Eva Walsh's fiber art and a delicate miniature crochet by Louise Penza.

"She said it took her four years to complete that," Ms. Golub said of the Penza piece.

A reception honoring the artists will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4. The artists will discuss their art and show how they created it.

WHAT: Fine crafts exhibition

WHERE: Pasco Arts Center, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday

WHEN: Through Oct. 31. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.

TICKETS: Admission is free

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