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The Gathering at Garst... an unexpected pleasure

By Christy Riley
Teen Scribe

When I first heard of “The Gathering at Garst,” I did not think much. After a hard week of working, I was not intrigued to attend; yet I was soon proved wrong. It was amazing to see all the artists out there selling piece of themselves in their artwork, seeing history and the past come alive, enjoying good music, hanging out with strangers as I learned what makes their work awesome, and enjoying some of the food. All in all, it was a great trip.

Following are notes from the time I spent at the Gathering. Some photos have been published; not all. Watch for additional photos soon in County News Online’s Photography tab.

Virgil’s Soaps
His daughter did all the graphic designs involved in his booth. She is studying in Cincinnati currently. Virgil told me that he makes all the soaps at home in his kitchen.

Antiques Collector Jim Wagner
While browsing his display of antiques, old books, and the like; I came across this antique trunk. According to Jim, it is said to be from 1831. From his research, he estimates its origin from Virginia. As for the era it was from, he can only estimate the approximation to be 1777 to 1830. Overall, Jim found it to be valuable; because the majority of trunks from that era have already been destroyed by bugs and other decaying agents.

Stephanie Preston
She is an artists whose work is done in clay. I was curious what got here first interested, “I took a class at Sinclair Community College and loved it. It was fantastic…there are limitless possibilities with clay.” To make her clay artwork, she has to use a high fire at 2000-3000.  According to Stephanie, children make the best clay art because they are unhindered by the worries, expectations, and all that adults have. They are free to create any clay art as desired.

Stonescapes Mike Brookhart
When I saw the rocks and the way they were displayed, my sister commented how it must have taken a long time to set it all up. Each detail to the display had to be painstakingly displayed because of the style of art. When I asked Mike why “stonescape”, he explained that he worked for the Highway Department. From the bridges and buildings taken down, there were always leftover stones and rocks. From those stonescraps, he began to create his “stonescape” art. He then became interested in reshaping, cutting, and chiseling the rocks.

My Thoughts
I took a lot of pictures for this event and I had a lot of fun exploring the entire place. If I had come alone, I might have explored each and every booth and station. Given the time, I would have probably  bought something from each place. Yet time was not in the essence, so I soaked in what I could. Current and future pictures are proof of such.

1. 50 Little Birds - Geoff Davis and displays of his artwork are based upon his love for birds.

2. Pics Patriotic Wood figure, pillow art, really neat house, shell ur art, watermelleon umbrella. Shown is artwork done by this woman who displayed her artwork in her backyard and showed her appreciation for many different types of art.

3. Designs in Wood - Nick Vidakovic - Photos display the work of some artists who loved fish and wood. My favorite pictures are of the trunk because they show pictures of an old trunk that is a nearly two plus centuries old.

4. How 2 Make A Woodencanoe - These pictures showcase the station that taught me how the Native American Indians made canoes by hand. I was given the pleasure of standing within the canoe while man carved out the canoe around me.

5. Minntia - Lori DeBacker - This display showcased dollhouse sized art. This woman made tiny items for a dollhouse. The dollhouse on display looked so realistic that I felt I could live in it. It was if I had a giant microsope into how my dolls lived when I was not looking.

6. Old Fashion Artwork - Black Smith - The photos are of people who dressed up specifically in character. Also they are displays specially inspired by the artwork of old-fashion days gone by.

7. Spirit River – Indian Art - It is exactly as the title suggests. The artwork showcases Indian era stuff and appreciates Native American history and culture as a whole. It is a husband and wife operation. Their artwork centers around carvings, pottery, jewelry, and paintings.

8. Stephanie Preston’s Clay Art - Her artwork is clay inspired and clay-err-refitic!

9. Stonescapes – Mike Brookhart - It is artwork focused around stone and rock inspirations.

10. Treaty No. 2 Meeting House - The Meeting House tells the story of “Treaty-City” of Greenville. And how the Indians’ treaty with the Whiteman did not last the first time around. There were also handouts telling the history and purpose of “The Great House, Big House, or Council House”.

11. Virgil’s Fine Soap Pics - Photos showcase the soap artwork of this guy I met upon my arrival. It is a daughter-father operation. And you can read more about in the above description depicted.


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