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Reduce, reuse, recycle at annual craft show

John Benson • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

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  • WHAT: “2nd Time Around” Craft Show

  • WHEN: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 12

  • WHERE: Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 4405 Galloway Rd., Sandusky  

  • COST: $2/person; $10/vendor

  • INFO: 419-626-1048

Recycling is the theme behind inaugural craft show “Second Time Around,” which takes place March 12 at the Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

The notion of reusing or reprocessing in the show is apt when considering it’s being put on by local agency Double S Industries, which boasts a mission to promote choice, independence and to support people with disabilities in exercising their rights to be respected, responsible members of their community.

 “This is the first year that we are doing a craft show here,” said Double S Manager/Support Specialist Celeste Hillman. “March is Developmental Disabilities awareness month, and every year we try to do several activities to bring awareness to the population in what we do. Our director chose to do recycled objects because of all the green movement. We have a sign shop that creates signs for businesses out of recycled material, so we’ve been on the recycle kick for a little while. At the show we’ll be featuring our recycling signs, as well as we do lighted wine bottles and we’ll be inviting area crafters to participate. This year we’re not limiting it to just recycled materials.”

 Double S Industries’ employment programs for the disabled include the aforementioned sign shop, a cleaning crew and a seasonal lawn care team. 

“We have a team of support specialists that help employ individuals with disabilities,” Hillman said. “We also contract with local businesses to do work for them to keep our individuals employed. Usually we have 120 people, age 21 and older, walk in the door every day.”

As far as the crafters walking through the door for “Second Time Around,” we talked to two artisans who are bringing their wares.

Bowling Green resident Gail Christofferson of Animal House Glass

• What type of artist are you?

I am mosaic-glass artist, and I use salvaged window frames for most of my pieces. I collect the window sashes from anywhere I can find them.

• How would you describe your work?

I mosaic all sorts of themes on the windows. Sunflowers, wildflowers, fish, birds, sunsets and abstracts are themes for some of my more popular pieces.


• What’s the best thing you ever created?

I am not sure what I would consider the best piece I have ever made. I would say that my fish and sunflowers have evolved into my favorites. I now incorporate stones with the fish as the bottom of the river or creek that they would be in and that is a cool effect. I am working on a huge blue heron right now that may be my new favorite. 


• Who is your artistic idol?

My artist idol is my husband, Bruce Works.

He is a commercial photographer and works with advertising and marketing directors in the Toledo area. Not only is he a wonderful photographer and produces beautiful photographs, he is a good businessman and a bona fide professional.

   I think that to be successful as an artist, you must also be professional; be on time with projects, be able to communicate with your clients and galleries and provide a quality product at a fair price. I love producing my art. I love working in my workshop, on my little farm, with my goats, chickens, pigs and miscellaneous other animals, but I also strive to run a successful business. 


• What’s your masterpiece?

My masterpiece? I think it is yet to come. But I have a client that purchased a piece from a Michigan Gallery and has ordered several more pieces, and the piece they originally purchased may be one of my favorites, a sunset over water with funky trees in the foreground. It could be anywhere, on any lake or body of water. I love that so many people can relate to a place like that. 

Vermilion resident Lisa Beursken

• What type of artist are you?

I like trying to work with all different types of materials. I like mixed media and repurposing items. I recently learned that I have a knack with clay and a pottery wheel. I will be featuring popcorn bowls made from records, bracelets made from pop tabs, shutter vase wall hangings made from shutters and old bottles, picture frame holders made from rulers, magnets and pins made from bottle tops and bottle openers made from spent bullets.


• How would you describe your work?

Functional recycled art. Using items people would normally give or throw away and finding a new use to make them interesting again.


• What’s the best thing you ever created?

Light bulb oil diffuser. I take an incandescent light bulb, pull out the inner materials, paint the outside and attach to a mirror or used CD.


• Who is your artistic idol?

PR Miller. A friend of mine showed me a picture of his work in the newspaper when he was featured at Lorain County Community College. He is more of an industrial art sculptor.


• What’s your masterpiece?

I think I am on my way of creating a masterpiece, but that hasn’t happened yet.


The “Second Time Around” craft show takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 12 at the Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 4405 Galloway Road, Sandusky. Admission is $10. Call 419-626-1048 for more information.

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