Artists enhance historic village of Arrow Rock

Wednesday, August 28, 2002
Geri Hamby of Jamesport

Over 27 unique artists have participated in Arrow Rock's Visiting Artists Series to share their artwork and their trade with tourists to the historic community this summer.

"This is part of the Missouri Art Council grant that we get each year," noted Linda Moore, chairwoman of the Historic Arrow Rock Council which hosts the artists.

"We want to offer this program because we wanted to bring heritage artists and crafts from the 19th century," said Moore. "Part of the program was that they demonstrate their craft so people can sit down and learn from them."

Master artists

Different artists have been on the Arrow Rock boardwalk during most weekends throughout the summer, showing visitors how the crafts are done. The artists, all very experienced, also shared information and historic facts about their respective crafts.

"All of them are master artists. They have been doing this for years and years and years and some of them have been teachers," explained Moore. Among the artists who demonstrated their trade for visitors in Arrow Rock throughout the summer was a new artist to the Arrow Rock Visiting Artist Series, Linda Carlton, who made Shetland Lace garments -- some of the finest and lightest pieces of cloth made.

"That's very rare, she's the only one in the state, I believe, that does it," said Moore.

The most recent artists to show their trade in Arrow Rock were several members of the Arrow Rock Weavers Guild, who spun and wove a wide variety of items using a variety of styles and materials Saturday.

"We come down here and work a couple different events every year," noted guild member Vicki Lafferty of Lawson. "We always have a good time in Arrow Rock."

The weavers guild members are from across the state and converge in Arrow Rock, not only to share their weaving knowledge with the public but to promote their trade.

"It's a good way to give visibility to our programs," noted Helen Swartz of Jefferson City, who works with the University of Missouri Outreach and Extension's value-added programming there.

"This is how we add value to sheep, spinning, weaving, knitting and crocheting," she explained as she hand-spun washed sheep's wool into yarn.

Season winding down

As the summer tourist season approaches its end, three more artists are scheduled to visit Arrow Rock.

Mary and Craig Scott of Nelson will be on the boardwalk Aug. 31 to hand-wax and decorate traditional Ukrainian eggs and display the art of Intarsia woodworking.

On Sunday, Sept. 8, artist David Street will return to Arrow Rock to do drawings and pencil sketches for visitors.

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