Area residents came to Martinsburg to tour the recently constructed home of Bruce Boyes and artisan workplaces of other Martinsburg locals.
Martinsburg Area Community Betterment hosted the event on Sunday, January 20 from 1-5 p.m. Aside from Boyes’ home, the tour included the workplaces of Bonnie and Carl Arens, Mary Ann Householder, Lisa Brandt, and Eddie Weiberg. Other booths were open at the Martinsburg Community Room with refreshments served at the historic jail.
Boyes’ home featured antiques from the community and a unique architectural style with ornamental details. Construction started on the home in 2009 and was completed in 2011. The home’s design was inspired by brick fire houses and carriage houses.
Beginning in childhood, Bonnie Arens learned all types of useful sewing and needle arts. In 1989, she said she “discovered the world of fiber art, primarily in the area of felting, and have since taken instruction with some of the leading felt makers from the United States and abroad.” Arens and her husband Carl Arens process sheep wool, llama, alpaca, goat, rabbit and dob fibers. Creating her own fiber pieces has led to her pieces exhibited in several galleries in Missouri, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Scotland.
Householder, a talented seamstress with years of garment factory experience, has an extensive working knowledge of sewing. She purchased a Nolting Longarm quilting machine in 1991 with the intention of quilting for herself and her family. Householder is now quilting for a large number of people over the United States. Her Missouri made machine, purchased in Stover, Missouri, uses hand controls to allow Householder to regulate the stitch and pattern used on a quilt.
Brandt has owned and operated a framing business called The Finishing Touch since July of 2010. But she’s not a newcomer to the art; the business was started by Lisa’s grandparents as N.M. Friedman Company, and later operated by her parent’s Howard and Jane Brooks until they retired. Twenty years later, Brandt opened her shop using some of the original equipment and supplies.
Wieberg started working with wood shortly after marring his wife, Lisa Weiberg. His self taught woodworker’s craft has been honed by years of practice and enjoyment. Presently he has made several church altars, podiums and pedestals including those at St. Joseph Church in Martinsburg and an altar in the traditional Gothic style for St. Clements Catholic Church.
The Community Room, adjacent to the Martinsburg Branch Library, featured other members of the community with their talents on display. Some of the talent included pottery and wood carvings.