A grand opening of a new little shop full of handmade items will be hosted Saturday at The Carnegie Heritage & Arts Center of Greene County in Linton.
Known as "Spark", the shop offers a variety of paintings, pottery, books, CDs, photographs, soaps, baskets, dresses, jewelry, dolls, purses, wood artworks, and so much more, according to Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center Director Donna Kluesner, of Linton.
"Everything offered in our shop is high quality and handmade," she said. "I am very proud of our local artists and hope this little shop of handmade goodness will promote and shine a light on our very talented local folk."
The open house will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
"The name 'Spark' encompasses what ignites the artists to create. All of the creativity/ideas come from that tiny spark one feels down deep. Spark is your inspiration. Some of the greatest things can grow from just one little spark," Kluesner said in explaining the choice of the name for the shop.
Some of the featured artists are:
* Pat Woodall who hand makes baskets, pottery and paintings,
* Cheryl Helms-photography
* David Hewins who carves wood artworks out of native woods and intarsia wood art pieces, which is a form of wood inlaying that is very unique.
* Brandy Wade and Angi Cooper- Vintage handmade jewelry, knitted items, dolls, hair accessories and also other handmade items from around the world which help support adoptions and global orphan care.
* Tonia Johnson -handmade Tu tu's
* Teresa Burris-handmade children's dresses and clothing.
* Meleah Keller-scarves, handmade heating pads, dishtowels and scrubbies.
* Sara Bellamy- handmade jewelry
* Lori Wade - purses and accessories
* Ruby Moon-Houldson - books
* Logan Wade, Sammye Smith, Sonna Berghaier, Wayne Caudill and Norma Witherspoon - paintings and prints
The Carnegie Heritage and Arts Center (the former Margaret Cooper Public Library Building) is located at 110 East Vincennes Street.
Regular hours are Monday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday noon-4 p.m.
For more information call 847-0165.