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Martinsburg to host Art and Home Tour on January 20

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

Martinsburg Area Community Betterment is set to holds its “Art and Home Tour” from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, January 20.

The organization invites all to tour the recently constructed home of Bruce Boyes, as well as the artisan workplaces of Bonnie and Carl Ahrens, wool fiber to finish; Mary Ann Householder, machine quilting; Lisa Brandt, picture and artifacts framing; and Eddie Wieberg, ornate woodworking. More booths will be at the Community Room with refreshments at the Historic Jail.

Located on Washington Street, the historic jail will be the first stop on the Art and Home tour.  Refreshments will be served and additional tickets will be available.

Bruce Boyes’ home on Washington Street is a unique incorporation of antiques with modern accents.  The home features various antiques from the community as well as unique architectural and ornamental details. Construction began in 2009 and was completed in 2011. The design was inspired by brick fire houses and carriage houses built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Many of the fixtures, sinks, tubs, and furniture come from local small town barber shops, hardware stores and farmsteads. The home is new, but the intent is for it to look “well kept old”.

Bonnie (Carl) Ahrens will share her time and talents on the Art and Home Tour slated for January 20.   Beginning in childhood, Bonnie 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.”  Bonnie and her husband Carl 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.   Bonnie finds working with fiber to be both relaxing and enjoyable. “Hopefully my craftsmanship has created an item that somebody can use and/or enjoy.”

Mary Ann Householder, a talented seamstress with years of garment factory experience,  has an extensive working knowledge of sewing.   Mary Ann purchased a Nolting Longarm quilting machine in 1991 with the intention of quilting for herself and her family.  She now is quilting for a large number of people over the United States.  Her Missouri made machine, purchased in Stover, Missouri, uses hand controls to allow Mary Ann to regulate the stitch and pattern used on a quilt.   As a member of the Prairie Pine Quilt Guild, she attends quilting classes/retreats to learn the latest techniques and socialize with her quilter friends.

Lisa (Brooks) 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, Lisa opened her shop using some of the original equipment and supplies.   The business, located on First Street, features a studio to display photos and artwork framed by Lisa. When it comes to help with choosing the right glass, matting and frames; Lisa is an excellent and talented source.

Eddie Wieberg started working with wood shortly after marring his wife, Lisa.  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.   Each project requires many hours of designing, milling and sanding.   Ed commented, “My wife says I spend more time sanding than most people do building.”

The Community Room, adjacent to the Martinsburg Branch Library, will feature other members of the community with their talents on display.  Some of the talent will include pottery and wood carvings.

Tickets are $10 in advance and available at the Martinsburg Branch Library; Martinsburg Bank & Trust, in Martinsburg and Wellsville; Martinsburg Kwik Store; Ye Ole Frame Shop, Fennewald Pump, Fennewald Irrigation & Welding, Schafer Fertilizer; and the Martinsburg Farmers Elevator.

Tickets are $12.50 at the jail on the day of the event.